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# Telling the Time - lesson plan

### Objectives

To tell the time to the nearest hour, half hour and 15 minutes.

### National Curriculum

Ma3, 1a, 1d, 3a, 4b.

### Teaching activities

#### Introduction

1. Show the children a large clock on the whiteboard.
2. Explain 'to' and 'past' the hour.
3. Point out where quarter past, half past and quarter to are on the clock.
4. Explain that each number on the clock is worth 5 minutes. Ask the children to count in 5s as you point to the numbers on the clock.
5. Ask the children to set their own clocks to whatever time you call out.
6. Watch Learning Zone Class Clips - How to read a clock to the nearest 5 minutes.

#### Activity

Medium - Play the Digger and the Gang game to select the correct time and to sequence events in time order. Then play the Dynamo Den Clockwise game to move the big hand on the clock.

Hard - Play the Clockworks game to tell the time to the nearest half hour.

Really hard - Ask the children to complete the Telling the time worksheet 1 (110KB), filling in the missing hands on the clocks.

#### Plenary

1. Ask the children to stand facing the same direction. Explain that this is 12 o'clock.
2. Ask the children to move quarter turns, half turns, three-quarter turns and full turns. Ask them which time they are facing after each turn (ie quarter past, half past, quarter to).