We were recently sent the three new Schofield & Sims Telling Time workbooks. The first two books are aimed at Key Stage 1 (UK year 1 and year 2 of school) and the third book is aimed at Key stage 2 (UK year 3 /4).
So what is in each book ?
Telling the Time 1 – This book introduces children to o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to
It starts off with a brief look at day and night and how there is a basic routine to your day. It them introduces a clock – all the way through the book the Minute hand is always blue and the hour hand is always red. What I really like about this book is it links the time to basic fractions. So when they introduce half past they talk about half a shape and with quarter past they show that quarter of a circle would be where the 3 on the clock is.
There is lots of practice throughout the book. Lots of examples of clocks where the kids need to draw in the hands or where they need to write the time out. (And the pages are not cluttered – this has been an issue for us with some other workbooks, if there is too much crammed onto a page my kids get distracted).
The book also deals with the days of the week and the months of the year.
Telling the Time 2 – This book introduces the children to 5 minute intervals
It starts off by explaining each 5 minute past interval and for each time interval there is a practice page. It goes all the way up until 55 minutes past the hour. Only after it has shown the full-time sequence from 5 minutes past to 55 minute past does it go onto explain how the second half of the clock is when you start counting backwards and talk about minutes to. Book 2 also introduces digital time.
Again lots of practice.
And some basic time sequence examples
Telling the Time 3 – Introduces time to the exact minute.
The book does start off doing a quick revision of book 2 (minutes past, minutes too, digital time) but it is only brief. Then it moves onto telling time to the exact minute.
Book 3 also includes lots of different time solving problems
It also talks about converting different units of time, like how many hours in 3 days, or how many minutes in 2 hours etc
As well as Roman Numerals, Time zones, time-zone problems and daylight saving.
All three books contain more colour than the usual Schofield & Sims workbooks that we have used in the past but I like the added colour, it is not over the top distracting colour like some of the revision books I have seen. In all three books there is always a brief explanation before the practice begins. But book 2 does assume that the kids understand the topics covered in book 1 and likewise book 3 assumes the kids understand everything covered in book 2.
Also each workbook has the answers at the back.
I am impressed with this time set and I will be using the first two workbooks with my son and doing some of the time problem solving exercises with my daughter.
You can buy these workbooks directly from the Schofield & Sims website or from Amazon
Telling the Time Book 1 (KS1 Maths, Ages 5-6)
Telling the Time Book 2 (KS1 Maths, Ages 6-7)
Telling the Time Book 3 (KS2 Maths, Ages 7-9)
Schofield & Sims did send me these workbooks