Having a solid knowledge of time is a very important skill, both for later life and progression through education. Telling the time is usually taught in the early stages of a child’s education in order to prepare them to confidently use clocks throughout life. The example of an analogue clock is often used to introduce children to the concept of fractions, as a clock face is very clearly divided up into twelve equal parts. The clock acts as a visual representation of what phrases such as ‘quarter to’ and ‘half past’ mean, and helps children to apply the concepts of quarters and halves to other situations or maths questions.
Teaching children about time in the early stages of their education helps them to realise just how important time is and how time feeds in to nearly every aspect of our everyday lives. In sport, runners will measure the time it takes to complete a race in order to work out their average speed and assess their performance. For athletes, a knowledge of how to measure time and how to convert between seconds minutes and hours is crucial, and they will use this every day.