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This week in maths we are going to look at time. 


Time is a measurement and has a lot of language that we use with it. This week we will look at the language of time in our day and also how we can measure time. In Reception we do not need to look at telling the time, however, some children are naturally interested in what the time is and looking at a clock and as always if this is an interest, we can look at this and discuss with children! 


When talking about time, we can use the language 


now, before, later, soon, next, after that.


Talk to your child about the events of the day, using the language. Can they use the time words when discussing what is happening or about to happen. 

You might make a map of the day with your child talking about what is happening or going to happen.

When your child has done one thing on their map or timetable they can tick it off. 


Children also need to develop an understanding of 


yesterday, today, tomorrow


In discussions with your child, try to use that language so that your child starts to gain an understanding of the words. 


You could make a plan of activities with the days on for you to talk with your child. See if your child can talk to you about the activities. 

eg " Today is Wednesday. We are going to....... Tomorrow is Thursday. We will ....." Make the activity calendar together and encourage them to choose one thing that they would like to do in the day. 



This is also a lovely way to learn how to remember the days. 


You might make a calendar to help your child to know the day and what order the days come in.





Another way to look at time is to think about timing. You might use your phone for this. Show your child what 30 seconds looks and feels like. Can your child be silent and still for 1 minute?! ( What a challenge?!) 


Try the different activities and think about how many your child can do in different times? 1 minute? 2 minutes?

  • How many goals can they score? Can they write their score? Can they beat their score? 


  • How many things can they throw into a hoop ( draw with chalk ) in one minute? 2 minutes? Can they beat their score? 
  • How many times can they write their name in 30 seconds? 1 minute?


Another way that we can measure time is see how long it takes to do something. Again use a timer to support you with this. 


  • Baking is a good activity to explore this. Think about how long it takes to bake some buns? How long does this feel? Set a timer for the 12 minutes for this. 



  • How long does it take it to build a tower of ten blocks? Can you beat your time? 



  • How long does it take to complete a house obstacle course? Make a course throughout your house - how long does it take for you to complete it? Can you beat your brother/ sister? Can you beat your own time? Talk about if we beat our own time, we will be looking at a smaller number - this is faster. 



As always, we can't wait to see what you have been doing with your home learning. Please don't forget to send pictures to If you need any support or have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch on the reception email or through your tapestry account. 


Miss Miles and Mrs Widdop