A slightly complex resource that can reap benefits in term of problem solving with time as well as verbal reasoning and justification. I used this to work towards the following objectives:
- Know the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day, and compare and sequence intervals of time (Year 2)
- Use known facts to compare the duration of events (Year 3)
However, it could be differentiated to look at the Year 4 target:
- Solve problems using conversion between units of time
This activity was completed by a Year 3 class and allowed them to develop reasoning skills in pairs, as well as developing justification within guided groups and also independently. All children thoroughly loved the activity, but I did have to stress that they weren't actually going to Alton Towers (they got rather excited at one point).
The package includes the following:
- a blank time table for them to complete with different time intervals using the following resources (10mins for LAPS, 5 for MAPS and HAPS)
- the wait times for each of the large rides, small rides, lunch places and toilet stops. (10 mins for LAPS, 5 mins for MAPS and HAPS)
- travel times between each of the rides.
At the start of the session, I recapped understanding of time and looking at using digital times. The children had the opportunity to "I ask, you show". The children did this confidently. We then developed to looking at completing a basic morning at school, filling in what they would be doing at any time throughout a school day.
After that, I told the children what the rules were. For my particular children, I said:
-3 large rides
-3 small rides
-1 lunch place
-3 toilet stops
However, this can be developed to your own requirements
Most children could do this and were even able to extend and add in more of their own to give a more fulfilled journey. A resource I loved using and will definitely use in the future again.