The problem with Time

One of my biggest frustrations as a teacher is when pupils make errors in calculations, not due to lack of understanding of the maths, but lack of knowledge about the basic facts of time.

If I had £1 for every time a pupil told me there are 48 weeks in a year, I would be pretty wealthy. Many don’t know how many days are in a year or even what a leap year is. Worst of all is not knowing how many days are in each month. I know all my pupils will have learned these all before but never remember them. Maybe in the day of electronic gadgets they don’t need to know these facts but it would be nice if they did.

To combat this, I have made these posters to display in my classroom.

The equivalent units of time are printed on the same colour of paper.

I also typed up the Days in a Month rhyme to display. I also like to use my knuckles to show how many days are in each month.

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The posters can be found here.

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