Telling the Time Unit Plan - Year 1 and Year 2

Teach Starter Publishing
8 x lessons | Suitable for stages: 1 - 2

This Mathematics unit addresses the concept of telling the time to the hour, half hour and quarter hour.

It consists of 7 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

An assessment task for monitoring student understanding of the unit objectives is included and will require an additional lesson.


  • To understand and recognise the features of the analogue clock.
  • To tell the time on an analogue clock to the half hour.
  • To skip count in 5s when telling the time.
  • To understand and recognise the features of the digital clock; and differentiate between digital and analogue clocks.
  • To revise analogue and digital times.
  • To tell the time to the quarter hour on analogue clocks.
  • To tell the time to the quarter hour on analogue clocks.
  • To assess student learning.

Preparing for Learning

Prior to commencing the unit, develop a time display in the classroom. Display posters and word wall vocabulary that the students will engage with throughout the unit to stimulate their learning. For examples of such resources, browse the Time category on the Teach Starter website.

There are many different aspects involved in learning to tell the time. The lessons in this unit cover a range of these concepts, many of which have varying degrees of complexity. Teachers are encouraged to select lessons from the unit that best suit the learning needs of their students, or to adapt lessons accordingly.

Some of the resources which accompany this unit plan will need to be prepared prior to teaching. For this reason, it is advised that teachers browse through all lessons before commencing the unit.



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