Wednesday, 25 September 2013

How time flies when we are having fun!

School holidays have arrived for students, teachers and staff in Victoria, Australia and it seems as though this past term has flown by. As an adult, time seems to rush by and events come and go quickly. As a child, I remember time seemed to last forever and special events took an eternity to arrive!
Time can be one of those difficult concepts for our students to grasp. This week we are publishing a unit of work for Year 1 and 2 students, to hopefully set them on a journey towards understanding and telling the time.
This unit of work "Time is Ticking" includes a range of tasks that students can self-select or teachers can direct students to - based on their individual needs. The planner allows you to move through tasks at a pace that suits you and your class. You will find a range of tasks and games included:
  • Make a Sand Timer
  • Shadow Sticks
  • Kelly's Day
  • Stop the Clock!
  • Dominoes
  • Snap
  • Extension task: TV Guide
  • Assessment for both Year 1 (o'clock & half hour) and Year 2 (o'clock, half hour, quarter past & quarter to)
We encourage each teacher to make the most of each opportunity throughout the day to refer to the time and clocks  in your classroom and discuss the length of events during the day.
(Research suggests that having both an analogue and digital clock side-by-side gives students the best chance to grow their understanding of time.)
    Happy holidays to all of our friends and colleagues. We look forward to the term ahead and exploring more of the amazing world of Maths... iSURF style!