Telling the Time  Resource (Free Download)

Suitable for Year groups: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Telling the Time  resource description

This printable pdf will help your pupils in practising to tell the time. There are images of the minute and hour hands at the bottom so cut them out and move around the clock to meet your learners needs. The clock face not only has the numbers 1 – 12 labelled but also the number of minutes each represents as well as how we would read that time e.g. ten past, quarter too etc.

Telling the Time

What is the resource?

This PDF provides activities, and explanations focused on reading analogue clocks.  Best for young learners struggling with this critical life skill.


Why does telling time matter?

A child's day depends on it, but learning it isn't as intuitive as we assume:

  • Routine & structure: Getting up 'by 7', and knowing a playdate ends at 4' gives kids self-management tools.
  • Understanding 'duration': How long 'til bedtime? It makes sense when clock hands show a change.
  • Travel & schedules: Reading bus times, even TV guides much use analogue or mixed time displays.
  • Builds number sense: Counting in 5s, using 'past' / 'to' reinforces broader maths & problem-solving skills.


Why is this resource helpful?

It  breaks down clock-reading into clear steps, making  it less of a jumbled mystery:

  • Focus on hour hand first: Minute intervals overload new learners, here they master one tricky bit solidly.
  • Varied task types: Includes matching, reading, and some drawing = keeps practice varied & fun for long focus.
  • Visual & Written: Supports those who learn better by seeing as well as by following text instructions.
  • Printable PDF: Allows teachers to personalise by offering only certain pages per pupil; great for home review

This 'decodes' clocks so they seem approachable! Learners gain independence by figuring out when activities happen within their own day... This motivates further practice.



Also, have a look at our wide range of worksheets that are specifically curated to help your students practice their skills related to time-telling. These teaching resources and worksheets are in PDF format and can be downloaded easily.



Fill out the form below to get 20 FREE maths worksheets!