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Telling the time

What should my child know? 


By the end of year 2: 


  • Compare and sequence intervals of time.
  • Tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past/to the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times.
  • Know the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day.


By the end of year 3: 


  • Tell and write the time from an analogue clock, including using Roman numerals from I to XII, and 12-hour and 24-hour clocks.
  • Estimate/read time with increasing accuracy to the nearest minute.
  • Record/compare time in terms of seconds, minutes, hours; use vocabulary such as o’clock, a.m./p.m., morning, afternoon, noon, midnight.
  • Know the number of seconds in a minute and the number of days in each month, year and leap year.
  • Compare durations of events [for example to calculate the time taken by particular events or tasks].


By the end of year 4:


  • Convert between different units of measure [e.g. hour to minute].
  • Read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12- and 24-hour clocks.
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