Time is Ticking By

Our lives are so busy in Room 13. How do we keep track of when we need to do things?

We talked about the concept of time: morning, noon, afternoon, evening and night time. Everyday activities were sorted to the different time frames. 


After the roll we have calendar maths. I like counting forwards and backwards.   Ava 

My favourite time of the day is morning tea because I like eating. In my lunchbox I have yummy food.    Lennon 

At maths time I like to solve number problems.    Shyre 

We had a fantastic discussion about what would happen if we did not have a way of measuring time passing in each day. What would happen if the clocks stopped? Several children would miss the bus and not make it to school. Or they would get to the bus stop too early and have to wait forever. Others were concerned they  would be late for meals or their after school activities.

In Room 13 we have been learning to read the hour and half hour markers on an analog clock. How many minutes are there in an hour? How many minutes are there in half an hour? We used our daily routines to give us some idea of how long periods of time were. For example morning tea time is half an hour and from the start of school until brainfood is one hour. 

We looked at an analog clock taking special notice of different features: the hour and minute hand, the markers 12, 3, 6 & 9 and the markers showing each minute. We discussed that to be successful at telling the time we need certain skills. These include counting to 60 in 1’s and 5’s.

Using the 100s board to count in 1’s and 5’s.


Using the abacus to count in 5’s.


Using a clock and flashcards to show the time.


Using flashcards to practise telling the time.


The easiest times to tell are the o’clock and half past ones. You know the big hand 12 is o’clock and the little hand pints to the hour. If the little hand is on the 10 and the big hand is on the 12 you know it is 10 o’clock.    Aria 

To be able to tell the time in te Reo we practised counting to 12. We discussed how the clock face is a number line from 1 to 12. Then we learned how to say o’clock - karaka. We used the Ready to Read story Taniwha, Taniwha to prepare us for the game What’s the Time Mr Taniwha - Taniwha, He Aha te Taima? Fortunately, the weather has been kind and we have been able to go outside and play this game.

Reading Taniwha, Taniwha.


It is fun playing What’s the Time Mr Taniwha. I really want to play it today and learn the words in Māori.    Kase 

The students came up with some suggestions that would make the game easier while they were learning the words. Taniwha, Taniwha. He aha te taima?

We could have one person saying it for all the people. Then we could have turns when we get better at it.    Ava 

Use your sense of hearing to hear their feet, their bodies rustling, speaking and breathing so you know when to chase them.  Chase 

Playing Taniwha, Taniwha. He aha te taima?



Our knowledge of 1/2 and 1/4 fractions is helping us understand quarter to and quarter past concepts. We are also learning to say these times in te Reo.

Keywords: telling the time