Last Updated: Wednesday, February 03, 2021

Routines, calendars and timetables - primary

What is this?

This learning activity encourages children to explore routines, and the use of calendars and timetables.

For children in nursery and P1

  • Talk to your child about their day at home. What happens before and after different times of the day, for example, breakfast, lunch, dinner or bedtime? This is a good opportunity to use language like next, soon, today, and later.
  • Think about key routines that happen every day, for example, tooth brushing, washing, getting dressed or daily exercise. Support your child in discussing these daily actions. Can your child order things that happen each day in the right order? They could draw pictures alongside each event to record their day.
  • Your child may like to act out what they do for an adult to guess.
  • You could introduce days of the week and seasons.
  • Are some days special or different to others, for example, birthdays or festival days? You could have a discussion about why these days are special and how the daily routine might be different on these days.
  • To make the activity more challenging introduce and use more time words, for example, today, tomorrow, and yesterday.

For children in P2/P3/P4

  • This activity will help your child to develop their understanding of how we use calendar dates in everyday life.
  • Make a list of important dates that are celebrated throughout the year, for example, New Year’s Day or Valentine’s Day. Talk about dates that are important to different countries, cultures and people.
  • What are the important dates that are celebrated by your own family, for example, birthdays, anniversaries and special festivals? You could write a list of these important dates. If you have a calendar at home, help your child to add these events in the correct place. Talk about why this is helpful.
  • To extend this activity, try to find different ways of recording a date, for example, 13th of May 2020, 13.05.20 and 13/5/20.

For children in P5/P6/P7

  • Choose three activities from the timetable you made in the previous activity and work out the total amount of time you spent doing them. Write your answer in hours and minutes.
  • Can you also write this time in minutes only?
  • To challenge yourself further, you could make your own questions based on your timetable. Give them to an adult and check their answers. Did they get them right?
  • Why do we need calendars and timetables? Do things change on special days or festivals?