Every year many of us find ourselves confused about which way the clocks will be going, but remember ‘Spring forward, fall back’. So in a matter of weeks you’ll be waving goodbye to British Summer Time when the clocks go back by an hour on October 30th.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first time that British clocks were turned back to GMT after BST. The mornings should be lighter and the evenings darker, despite this having happened for a century, and many electronic devices altering the time automatically, there will always be one person you know who won’t remember!


Daylight Saving: Whose idea was it?

That would be… William Willett who introduced the idea of British Summer Time in 1907. He wanted to prevent people from wasting valuable hours of light during summer mornings, and published a paper ‘The Waste of Daylight’ in a bid to get people out of bed earlier. He spent his life trying to convince people it was a good idea, but sadly died before Germany adopted the idea on April 20th 1916, with Britain following suit a month later on May 21st.

The Importance of Telling the Time

Learning to tell the time is an important concept in the early childhood years, and can be tricky business. Government guidelines state that all children aged four to five should be able to read analog clocks, and by age five to six they should understand half and quarter hours.

When starting to teach children the time on an analog clock it’s important to have a model to show them, so they can see the numbers and hands clearly and can count the minutes. You can either make your own or purchase one.

Our new Tell the Time Set is a fun approach, which comes with a clock face with moveable arms and a step by step guide with tips and game ideas, that will help children to learn how to tell, measure and understand the time.


You can start by showing examples on the clock and then have them identify the hour and minute hands. Once they know the difference between the two, they can practice identifying the time to the hour, half hour, quarter hour, and eventually to the minute. Like the majority of learning it is best to reinforce it with everyday situations, such as asking them what time their favourite TV programme starts, or what time they get up in the morning and go to school.

If you have any ‘telling the time’ tips, we’d love to hear them in the comments section below!

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