- Time Zones
- Daylight Saving
- Ideas about time
- The philosophy of time
- Attitudes to time
- Maths – KS1
- RE / RS
- The National Geographic website has some activities to help students understand time zones;
- This New Zealand maths teaching website suggests using a globe and a torch to deomonstrate time zones;
- The British Council have created a story resource, One moment around the world - to demonstrate what children around the world might be doing at 5pm UK time.
- The storybook One Day explores time zones by following 15 different children from around the world through a 24 hour period. The author, Suma Din, has also written a blog about it for us.
- The Youtube film Life in a Day shows life around the world during one 24-hour period using video uploaded by thousands of people.
If your students are studying business or economics they might be interested to know that financial markets are ‘shifting’ time, as increasing numbers of people across the world are working in-sync with different time zones: Forex Market Hours.@tesResources! A symptom of modern life is feeling like there is never enough time; hand-in-hand with this is our desire to measure it – a task that hasn’t always been as simple as it is today. TED-Ed have produced a clip on The history of keeping time. Follow the ‘Dig Deeper’ link for more resources. Many of us wear a watch but it has been a global effort to get this to be the simple and efficient accessory available to most of us. Find out about the history of watches from this infographic: A Brief History Of Watches Daylight Saving Time Explained. neo K12 website: Relativity Lots of philosophers have thought about time; Zeno’s paradoxes could be used even with primary students (as ideas, not the Maths part!): Zeno's Paradox of the Tortoise and Achilles and Zeno's Dichotomy Paradox. Eternity: Hendrik van Loon, in his book 'The Story of Mankind', had an interesting description of eternity based on the idea of a little bird sharpening its beak on a huge rock - this is explained and explored on this page: The little bird of Svithjod. Hindus do not see time as 'linear'; they believe the process of creation moves in cycles: Time in Hinduism
The Philosophy of TimeTime is a fantastic concept to discuss with children during a Philosophy for Children (P4C) style enquiry. Your stimulus could be as simple as a picture linked with time or a fictional story. Encourage children to generate questions or 'wonders' based on this stimulus. Key questions could include themes such as:
- Why does time sometimes pass quickly and sometimes slowly?
- What would life be like without time?
- Does time need to exist?
- This blog - African Explanations - introduces the concept of 'African time' and could provide interesting material for a classroom debate on attitudes towards and challenges in cross-cultural interaction.
- This one focuses on Ghana and discusses whether our '9-5' attitude is good or not: Ghana: An Outsider's Insight Into 'African Time'
- A blog from Nigeria exploring how time can link to ideas of development and underdevelopment: What Is 'African Time'?
- A blog highlighting people in The Gambia’s attitudes to time: Attitude towards time