Telling the time

Child with clock

Telling the time is a core numeracy skill that your child will be taught in stages during primary school.

From reading the time to the hour on a clock face to converting analogue to digital, in this section of the site you'll find tips on how to help your child learn to tell the time, as well as practice clock templates and tell the time worksheets on all the core skills including matching digital and analogue time, calculating time intervals, reading the 24-hour clock and writing time.

And you'll find even more help in our fantastic Telling the time learning pack.

Articles

Telling the time toys and products
6 great time-teaching products
Great toys, books and resources to help your child learn to tell the time on analogue and digital timepieces, from clock face recognition to estimating time differences on the 24-hour clock.
Boy playing with clock
Teach your child to read a clock
Reading an analogue clock is a tricky skill to master. Help your child get to grips with it with our teaching-time guide.
Analogue and digital time
What are analogue and digital?
We explain what analogue and digital are and how and when children are taught to read clock faces and convert between analogue and digital times in primary school.

Worksheets

Practice clock templates
Telling the time - Practice clock templates
If your child is learning to tell the time, use TheSchoolRun's clock practice templates to help support their learning. You can put together a clock face with moveable hands, write the time on digital and analogue clocks and fill in different times on the blank clock faces.
Understanding clock faces to the hour worksheet
Understanding clock faces to the hour
Time-telling practice for Y1 children: reading and writing the time to the hour on blank clock faces. Remind them to check the length of their hours and minutes hands!
Match digital and analogue time (quarter past) worksheet
Match digital and analogue time (quarter past)
In Year 2 children learn to tell the time to quarter past and quarter to the hour. Help them practise with this simple matching worksheet.

Games

Telling the time – 5-minute intervals quiz
Chick flik! Telling the time – 5-minute intervals

Want to fire a clockwork chick from a catapult? You'll have to answer these telling the time questions first

More telling the time word problems
Otterly yummy! More telling the time word problems

Help this hungry otter catch as many little fish as possible by answering these questions on time. Watch out for the exploding frogs though!

Time in words and digits game
Zoo Lander! Time in words and digits

Can you control the zoo lander to land the animals on the platform? You'll need to answer these questions about time first to be able to play!

Also see 

Telling the time pack

Telling the time pack

Learning to tell the time is a process which spans the primary-school years, and children can find it overwhelmingly hard. The Telling the Time pack is a complete guide to everything you need to know to support your child and help them get to grips with this vital skill, bursting with practical suggestions, advice from experts and activity sheets for all the key stages.

What you'll find in your Telling the Time pack:

  • Teachers' advice and tips to help your child learn about time
  • How to help your child understand an analogue clock face
  • 21 ways to incorporate practice into everyday life
  • Telling-the-time game ideas
  • Reading and writing time worksheets covering o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to and reading time to the nearest minute
  • Estimating and predicting time puzzles
  • Blank clock templates
  • Telling the Time Bingo
  • Telling the Time Dominoes
Telling the time