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Numeracy - Time


This week's P6 Numeracy focus is on the area of Time. We'll be focusing on reading the time (including digital/analogue and the 24 hour clock), time durations, reading timetables and the calendar. See below for specific teaching notes for each day. 


A fun activity to start you off! Have a contest to see who can count to one minute exactly. Put your head down and concentrate while your parent/brother/sister times a minute on a stopwatch. Stand up when you think exactly one minute has passed. You can do it!

Daily Timetable for Numeracy

Mathletics 15 minutes

Times Table Rockstars 5 minutes

Mental Maths game/task 10 minutes

Written task (see Steps 1/2/3) 30 minutes - appropriate PowerPoints/games to use before beginning the task are included under your child's step. 

Learning Focus 

In preparation for their Friday test, the children will need to learn the following times tables this week:

Group 1 - x2

Group 2 - x3

Group 3 - mixed x2-x12


The children will also revise their prime numbers to 100. See the links below which can be used for revision throughout the week. 


On Friday ask the children to list prime numbers to 100 and ask some questions relating to their times tables. 


Today's focus is on telling the time presented in both digital and analogue formats. 

Step 1 - quarter past and quarter to

Step 2 - 5 minute intervals

Step 3 - 5 minute intervals 


Teaching games/PowerPoints are found under Monday in your child's step. *Remember your child only completes the step relating to their numeracy group. Answers are included with the children's tasks (generally the last page in the document). 


Key teaching points: 

Long hand - minute hand (the word is longer)

Short hand - hour hand (hour is shorter than the word minute)


The display on a digital clock refers to hour:minutes

Spend time practising on a clock at home or the interactive clock in the link below. Focus on 5 minute intervals. Minute hand points to the 1=5 past, 2= 10 past and so on. After half past we are on the 'to' side of the clock and talk about minutes to the next hour, 7= 25 minutes to, 8=20 minutes to (begin at the number and count in 5s until you reach the 12). 




Some revision of yesterday's key teaching points on telling the time when presented in digital and analogue form. Step 3 includes focusing on telling the time to minute intervals. Relevant PowerPoints/games are included under the steps. 


Mental Maths today - try the Daily 10 Topmarks game (link is in the desired step). Begin with a 20 second allowance for each question, play multiple times and reduce the time given. What is the fastest time that you can complete the ten questions and get them all correct? 

Answers can be found on the last page of the children's tasks. 


Today the focus in on calculating time durations (how long a programme lasts/a train journey is). 

Begin the lesson with the mental maths task (answers can be found on the last page of the children's task). 

Play the matching game found online at Twinkl Go. The children will be required to input the code SK5627 in order to access the pairs game. Select the level of stars according to the step your child will be completing - 1 star = step 1 etc.

Ask the children questions relating to the passage of time (think about a TV guide or timetable in 'Big School'). Ask the children how long a programme is on for if it starts at a certain time and ends at another given time. 

The children's task is to complete a set of Challenge Cards. Step 1 includes another written task as their cards are designed to be quick-fire questions. 


Mental maths - Topmarks Daily 10 game. Play multiple times. Reduce the amount of time given for each question. Links and levels can be found in each step. 


Today the focus is on reading a timetable. Have a look the Translink timetable. Ask the children questions such as these: 

- How many trains leave Great Victoria Street on a Monday? 

- If I arrive at Great Victoria Street Station at 2 o'clock what time is the next train at? How long will I have to wait? 

- What time does the 10:15 train from Botanic arrive at Ballymena?

- How many stations does the 15:10 train stop at? 

- If I need to be in Coleraine for a football match at 2 o'clock what train should I take from Great Victoria Street? 


The Translink timetable, children's written tasks and accompanying answers can be found under each step. 


Friday test - ask the children to list their prime numbers to 100 and ask them questions relating to their times tables. If required, a written maths task is provided under each step (general maths questions with answers on the last page). 

Mental maths - complete the Ur Brainy questions. Answers are on the last page of the document. 


Today's focus is on reading and interpreting the calendar. Go through the PowerPoint and most importantly focus on the number of days in each month. Learn the rhyme together and ask some quickfire questions. 

Children to complete their calendar task (answers on the last page). 


Key teaching points

- add 7/14 if asked what date it will be in 1/2 weeks after...

- quickly draw out a calendar if asked a question relating to when a date falls in another month if no calendar is given 


Possible extension: see link to Art lesson in 'Other Activities': Design your own personal calendar.