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This week we are going to explore time a little more in depth.

Time can be explored in many different ways in Early Years, however there is no expectation that children in Reception are able to name days of the week or months of the year in order, although we do expose children to vocabulary linked to time such as day names.

Early Learning Goal - “Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems.”


Monday - Days of the Week

Today I wonder if you can practise singing the days of the week, this will help you with your weekly project too!

Before starting the song, do children know any days of the week? When in school we link each day to a specific event that might take place on that day, for example- we have assembly on a Friday.

You can use the supporting document to cut out and sort the days in order, this could help with tomorrow's task.

Tuesday- Your Day/Week

Now that you have a good idea of all of the days of the week, and may have ordered them, I wonder if you can make a timetable of your day/week.

Maybe link this to things you have been doing during lockdown, or create a new timetable of things you will do once we get back into routine?

There is a supporting document where you can order Baby Bear’s day, which may help children make links to their day.

Wednesday - Clocks

Hickory Dickory Dock, the mouse ran up the clock, the clock struck….

Using the famous nursery rhyme, I wonder if you can think about times of the day linked to o’clock. You can use an online teaching clock to show children the correct time, exploring where the clock hands should be at these times. Try and link the o’clock times to things you do throughout the day, giving these times more meaning. For example, at 12 o’clock we have lunch.

If the sun is shining you could even go outside and draw a clock on the path and play “What time is it Mr Wolf”.


Thursday- Measuring Time

In Early Years, we like to focus on the measurement of time, showing children a variety of different timers so they can better understand the length of a minute, etc.

See supporting document attached for a range of ideas.

I wonder if you could complete some challenges today within 1 minute. Here are a few examples you could use:

  • Can you be quiet for a minute?

  • How many jumps can you do?

  • Can you tidy your room in less than a minute?

  • How many times can you run around the garden?

Remember to record your results- you could even have a competition with your adults to see who can complete the most in the set time!