Primary maths: Time

Sian Evans
30th May 2018
Brightly coloured alarm clock to represent KS1 and KS2 primary maths lessons on the topic of time

Tackle the topic of time today with these stimulating activities, lessons and games

From the moment children get up to tantrums around bedtime, pupils are surrounded by the concept of time. However, when it comes to telling the time and converting between different units, many find it an abstract and confusing concept. Make sure your lessons run like clockwork with these hand-picked resources – go on, there's not a second to lose…

Classroom activities

Whether you are on the hunt for practice, practice, practice or something a little bit different, these challenges are great for getting young brains' ticking. Only time will tell which is the right resources for you.


Time Pack (telling the time - analogue & digital) (UK version) - 20+ printables

PLEASE NOTE: This is the UK version. If you require the US version, please visit our store.

24 Printable worksheets - Telling the time. There are also templates included so that you can create your own written worksheets or alternatively, children can create their own questions for a partner to solve.


* Telling the time booklet name page (b&w)
* Telling the time booklet name page (colour)
* Create your own clock (with numbers)
* Create your own clock (without numbers)
* 12-hour digital to analogue (1 minute intervals)
* 12-hour digital to analogue (5 minute intervals)
* 24-hour digital to analogue (1 minute intervals)
* 24-hour digital to analogue (5 minute intervals)
* 12-hour digital to analogue (1 minute intervals)
* Analogue to digital time
* Time domino game
* Create your own time domino game (template)
* Time in real life (reasoning)
* Create your own converting time grid (template)
* Converting time grid
* Match the time
* Create your own match the time (template)
* Converting written time
* Create your own converting written time (template)
* Real-life time events (reasoning)
* Convert your own time- analogue and digital (template)
* Fill in the clock - with minute intervals
* Time elapsed
* Create your own time elapses (template)
* Time terminology word search

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Primary Stars Education

By PrimaryStarsEducation

CSI: Math Murder Mystery - Who Stole Time - Telling the Time

This CSI themed telling the time activity will engage students by taking them on a journey to solve problems and puzzles. Students narrow down the suspects by completing the activities and marking them off from the suspect list until one person is left. Who Stole Time?

This case includes:
Clue 1: Converting form analogue to digital
Clue 2: Addition and subtraction of time
Clue 3: Addition and subtraction of time
Clue 4: Reading a clock face
Clue 5: Counting up in 15 minute intervals

Answers are included
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By Kiwilander

Adding and subtracting time - Solar system time zo

Children use 'Earth&' times as a base. They must add or subtract set amount of time (e.g. 1hr 30mins) to each of the earth activity times. Good exercise for adding and subtracting time accurately
By ryan-brewer

Maths Y3 Spring Teaching Sequence M4

Time, reading digital and analogue clocks (minutes past and to) (three days).

Children revise the equivalent digital and analogue ways of recording times between the hour and half past the hour (minutes past), and are then introduced to how to describe analogue times as minutes to the next hour. They practise finding the equivalent digital and analogue times. Intervals are found between times, but not bridging the hour at this point. Chn work together to think of times 20 minutes, then 1¼ hours apart.

Find additional lesson plans and resources at
By Hamilton Trust

Lesson ideas

Clarity and communication are at the heart of any presentation about time, as with these carefully selected presentations which are designed to help your students calculate the time with confidence.


Telling the Time

A PowerPoint tutorial introducing the analogue clock and 12 hour times. It could be used to introduce the topic of time or as a lesson starter.
By pjms

Reading analogue time

This resource contains a presentation explaining how to read the time to the nearest hour on an analogue clock.
It also contains an exercise with pictures of clocks to the nearest hour. Students must write underneath what time they think it is. This lesson is suited for a Year 1/ Grade 1 class or as a revision lesson for higher grades.

I hope you enjoy this resource. Please rate it, I would love the feedback.

By emmabee89

Telling Time Powerpoint (Interactive, No-prep PPT)

This is a fun and engaging powerpoint to help your students learn about/ practice telling time. the children are invited to teach fairy godmother tell time as she is getting old and has forgotten how to do so.

The power point offers a step-by-step introduction to telling time
- to the hour
- to the half hour
-quarter past/to
- basic facts about the long (minute) hand /short (hour) hand

Short practice questions are included so that you can quiz your students throughout the PPT.

I would really appreciate any comments/suggestions so that I can make changes to my product to suit your needs!

Please remember that you have the right to use my materials for you classroom, but not to alter, post, share, publish or resell my work.

Thank you and enjoy! :)
By smlee92


Morning or afternoon, it's always the perfect time to consolidate understanding with a competitive game. What are you waiting for?


Time Matching Cards

This resource is a HUGE set of cards showing different times in analogue, digital and word formats. Challenge your children to sort or order them... or use them for a 'matching pairs' game.

Includes 43 pages of printable cards with:
* 'o'clock' times,
* 'half past' times,
* 'quarter past' and 'quarter to' times,
* plenty of other random times!

A blank set of cards is also included so that you can make up your own versions!

Find other related resources in our 'Telling the Time' pack at
By Teaching Ideas

Time conversions memory game

This is a time conversions memory game which can be used as a starter or plenary. Children have to match a card to the correct conversion. Involves seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years conversions.
I used this resource with a Year 4 class but it can be adapted for other year groups.
By lornagmaxwell

Using a Calendar Game

A fun calendar skills maths activity for lower KS2 (originally designed for Year 3 and 4), to provide practice, during the Time focus in maths, of reading or using a calendar. It consolidates understanding of months and gives practice of calculating days and weeks after / before etc, developing students’ general understanding of how calendars work.It could be used with lower ability students in Year 5 and 6 too. Students will practise terminology such as ‘fortnight’, ‘day before yesterday’, ‘a week on Tuesday’ etc and be encouraged to count on and back in sevens for full weeks. If they are to move forwards or back 8/15/20 days etc, they can learn to move to the nearest exact week then move back or forwards a day as appropriate, rather than counting days one at a time. **UK date formats used. **

Please check the preview to assess suitability. The resources are in PDF within a Zip file. The Question Cards are also included in a Word document to be easily editable so that you can amend them if required, perhaps adding in details relevant to the school / country in which you are teaching.

The game board is in 3 sections and is comprised of 3 months of the calendar (May, June and July). Children use the instructions printed on the cards and boards to navigate forwards and backwards in time, until someone reaches the end of July! A rule card is included for the children to refer to. This could be used with groups across the whole class or perhaps just for a group that needs lots of consolidation of calendar work, to add some variety to their learning programme. The boards were designed in A3 and they work really well at this size if being used with a larger group. If you can only print in A4, you might want to scale it up on the copier after printing. However, A4 works fine too. You might need to use the ‘shrink to fit’ setting on your printer if printing in A4.

I hope your students find this an engaging activity. If you can spare a moment I would be so grateful for a review. Many thanks.

You might be interested in some of my other Maths / Numeracy games and activities:

Line Symmetry Board Game and Cards
Change from £1 Four in a Row Games
Basic Addition and Subtraction Activities BUNDLE

For engaging, time-saving printables and presentations to help plan Primary Literacy, Maths and French lessons, visit FullShelf Resources

By FullShelf

Interactive whiteboard snap game (Time)

An interactive powerpoint with two visual piles of cards. Children to say snap or stand up when the piles match up.
By ndwhittle14

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