Astronomy grew out of problems that the early civilisations had. They needed to solve problems relating to time and distance - both mathematical topics.
Not everybody agreed that the Third Millennium actually began on January 1st 2000. Find out why by reading this brief article.
This article for teachers suggests ways in which dinosaurs can be a
great context for discussing measurement.
These two challenges will test your time-keeping!
This article for teachers suggests ideas for activities built around 10 and 2010.
A game for two or more players that uses a knowledge of measuring
tools. Spin the spinner and identify which jobs can be done with
the measuring tool shown.
Do you know the rhyme about ten green bottles hanging on a wall? If
the first bottle fell at ten past five and the others fell down at
5 minute intervals, what time would the last bottle fall down?
These clocks have only one hand, but can you work out what time
they are showing from the information?
Look at the changes in results on some of the athletics track events at the Olympic Games in 1908 and 1948. Compare the results for 2012.
Calendars were one of the earliest calculating devices developed by civilizations. Find out about the Mayan calendar in this article.
How many of this company's coaches travelling in the opposite
direction does the 10 am coach from Alphaton pass before reaching
Follow the journey taken by this bird and let us know for how long
and in what direction it must fly to return to its starting point.
In this version of the story of the hare and the tortoise, the race
is 10 kilometres long. Can you work out how long the hare sleeps
for using the information given?
Describe what Emma might be doing from these pictures of clocks
which show important times in her day.
Can you place these quantities in order from smallest to largest?
Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find
out how long they take.
Chandrika was practising a long distance run. Can you work out how
long the race was from the information?
Use your knowledge of angles to work out how many degrees the hour
and minute hands of a clock travel through in different amounts of
Nirmala and Riki live 9 kilometres away from the nearest market.
They both want to arrive at the market at exactly noon. What time
should each of them start riding their bikes?
Can you put these mixed-up times in order? You could arrange them in a circle.
Noticing the regular movement of the Sun and the stars has led to a desire to measure time. This article for teachers and learners looks at the history of man's need to measure things.
Alice's mum needs to go to each child's house just once and then
back home again. How many different routes are there? Use the
information to find out how long each road is on the route she
Use the information to work out the timetable for the three trains
travelling between City station and Farmland station.
Read this article to find out the mathematical method for working out what day of the week each particular date fell on back as far as 1700.
During the third hour after midnight the hands on a clock point in
the same direction (so one hand is over the top of the other). At
what time, to the nearest second, does this happen?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
These pictures show some different activities that you may get up
to during a day. What order would you do them in?
Galileo, a famous inventor who lived about 400 years ago, came up
with an idea similar to this for making a time measuring
instrument. Can you turn your pendulum into an accurate minute
Mathematics has allowed us now to measure lots of things about eclipses and so calculate exactly when they will happen, where they can be seen from, and what they will look like.
A paradox is a statement that seems to be both untrue and true at the same time. This article looks at a few examples and challenges you to investigate them for yourself.
On Planet Plex, there are only 6 hours in the day. Can you answer
these questions about how Arog the Alien spends his day?
What can you say about when these pictures were taken?
This investigation explores using different shapes as the hands of
the clock. What things occur as the the hands move.
Can you rank these quantities in order? You may need to find out
extra information or perform some experiments to justify your
The pages of my calendar have got mixed up. Can you sort them out?
How many days are there between February 25th 2000 and March 11th?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn
and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
Can you put these times on the clocks in order? You might like to arrange them in a circle.
July 1st 2001 was on a Sunday. July 1st 2002 was on a Monday. When
did July 1st fall on a Monday again?
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which
route will give the fastest journey?
On a digital clock showing 24 hour time, over a whole day, how many
times does a 5 appear? Is it the same number for a 12 hour clock
over a whole day?
Mr. Sunshine tells the children they will have 2 hours of homework.
After several calculations, Harry says he hasn't got time to do
this homework. Can you see where his reasoning is wrong?
Can you create a story that would describe the movement of the man
shown on these graphs? Use the interactivity to try out our ideas.
On a digital 24 hour clock, at certain times, all the digits are
consecutive. How many times like this are there between midnight
and 7 a.m.?
Read about the history behind April Fool's Day.
Stuart's watch loses two minutes every hour. Adam's watch gains one
minute every hour. Use the information to work out what time (the
real time) they arrived at the airport.
How far have these students walked by the time the teacher's car
reaches them after their bus broke down?
My cousin was 24 years old on Friday April 5th in 1974. On what day
of the week was she born?
This article explains how Greenwich Mean Time was established and in fact, why Greenwich in London was chosen as the standard.