Lesson

Can you tell the time from a clock?

What times are shown on the clocks below

Worked Solution

Idea summary

To tell the time from a clock we look at where the hour hand and the minute hand is pointing.

Let's look at times that we call "half past." We will see how half past is half the way around the clock face, which is 30 minutes.

Which clock shows half past six?

A

B

Worked Solution

Idea summary

To show half past an hour on a clock, the minute hand should point at 6 and the hour hand should point between the given hour and the next hour.

Let's split the clock into quarters and look at how to use "quarter past" and "quarter to" to describe these times.

What time is shown on the clock?

Worked Solution

Idea summary

We can describe the position of the minute hand using these phrases:

quarter past - when the minute hand is pointing to 3

quarter to - when the minute hand is pointing to 9