Resources of the Week : Tell the Time & Maths Essentials

Maths Essentials 9+ and Tell the Time 5+ (Resources of the Week)

Tell the time 5+ (Help with Homework)


With the world going digital and relying on technology, our children are finding it harder and harder to be able to understand the concept of time or read an analogue clock.

People now check the time on their mobile phones or if you have one, it’s likely that you are reading the time on your smart watch or fitness tracker.

When you tell your kids to do something – like tidy their room – their initial reaction is, “That’s going to take forever!” We know it’s not going to take forever so we tell them, “It’ll only takes 10 minutes!” Often, they are unable to estimate how long that might be.

Tell the Time 5+

This book not only helps your child to read the analogue and digital clock, it also helps them to understand the concept of time. They will be able to do activities on:

  • ‘before’ and ‘after’,
  • ‘shortest’ and ‘longest’ and amount of time to do different tasks
  • ‘day’ and ‘night’
  • ‘morning’, ‘afternoon’, ‘evening’ and ‘night’
  • understanding the hands of the clock.

Your child can then work through the different segments on the clock such as, minutes, half past, quarter past, etc. This book will enable your child to slowly gain confidence in telling the time and understanding the concepts of time.

‘Tell the Time’ supports the literacy and numeracy taught in schools and the clear learning objectives link school and home learning.

Your child will feel motivated when you use the reward stickers on every page and the integrated learning stickers to enhance understanding.

The fun, colourful pictures and simple design will keep your child fully engaged.

If you would like your child to gain confidence with telling the time, then this book will really get them going. Remember to spend time with them and reward and praise them along the way.

In between doing activities, reinforce what they have learnt by asking them the time and using the vocabulary they would have learnt in the book.


Maths Essentials 9+ (Help with Homework)

Maths Essentials 9+

When your child gets to key stage 2, they start to bring home homework that can give you a little bit of a headache.

I know that I’ve had to go and find out how to do certain maths because I just can’t remember how to do it, so when my daughter asks me for help, I can sometimes feel a little overwhelmed!

I have wondered however, if I really need to be able to do all the maths my daughters learn at school. I’ve been there – done that! It’s their turn now.

I was wondering if perhaps, my kids should be independent learners and really, I should be there to facilitate. If they don’t understand, they should find out how to work it out.

Maths Essentials is a wonderful little book, written in a fun way to help your child build confidence on the things they are learning at school. Two cartoon characters called Kitkat and Dig, guide your child through the book offering hints and advice in little speech bubbles.

Once your child has completed a section, they can check their answers at the back of the book. Lucky for us parents – we’re not expected to know the answers!

Topics covered in this book:

  • Number values
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Shapes
  • Multiples and factors
  • Division and multiplication
  • Perimeter and area
  • Fractions and percentages
  • Angles and triangles
  • Coordinates
  • Long multiplication
  • Long division
  • Decimals
  • Measures
  • Moving the decimal

Plus there are over 50 fun, motivational rewards stickers included and fun cartoons and a bold design to engage your child.

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