Teaching the Minutes
When teaching time in Year 3, in order to introduce reading the minute hand using numbers rather than just position, we will revert to using two clocks.
But before that, spend a while helping children understand how long a minute is. To do this, see how many paper clips children can pick up one at a time in just one minute, or how many jumps, or what it feels like to be completely still and silent for one minute.
Explain there are 60 minutes in one hour, showing the sort of clock shown below, where every minute is marked. Children could try counting too, in order to check that there really are 60 spaces!
Then ask the children to make a 1 to 12 number line using cubes grouped in 5s. Explain that we are doing it on a number line first to make it easier and that each cube represents one minute. Also explain that rather than having to count the minutes in ones they are grouped in fives, to make it easier.
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