Maths KS1 & KS2: Using clocks and calendars

Sabrina’s forgotten it’s the day of the grand opening for her upcycling workshop – because she hasn’t been using her calendar.

Children tell us about the important days they have put in their calendars.

Tempo reminds her of when she missed a friend’s party – because she doesn’t have a clock.

Sabrina tells the time using a giant clock in the park.

We see lots of different clocks in different places, including a digital one at a train station.

Sabrina makes her own clock out of a bicycle wheel, showing how the numbers are evenly spaced.

From BBC Series Round the Clock.

Teacher Notes


Children can go on a clock hunt and find different clocks around the school and at home.

Take photographs of these and cut out pictures of clocks and watches out of magazines to make a display.

Look at the pictures of analogue clocks. How many numbers are there? Which number is always at the top? What comes next?

Make a large circle and stick the numbers one to 12 in the correct positions around the circle to make a clock face.

Ask the children to find out what time they do certain activities, like get up or go to school.

Children can make individual concertina books of one day, putting key events in their day in the right order.


The children can make a class calendar (or one each).

Each month, mark in the children's birthdays. Use the calendar to find out how many days it is until their next birthday.

How many days is it until Christmas?

Discuss what happens after December 31st. What is the next date?

This activity can be extended to find out how many hours, minutes or seconds until the weekend.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Maths at KS1 and KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and First and Second Level in Scotland.

More from Round the Clock:

How long is a second?
How long is a minute?
How long is five minutes
How long is quarter of an hour?
How long is half an hour?
How long is an hour?
A song about time