In this activity, we will be learning to read the exact time on an analogue clock, using the position of the hands.

Clocks have an hour hand and a minute hand (and sometimes a second hand)

The hour hand is shorter than the minute hand.

Let's try an example question.

**Example**

What time is shown on this clock?

**Answer**

On this clock, the hour hand is shown in **red.** Remember that the** hour hand **is always the **shorter** one.

The **minute hand** is **longer,** and on this clock it is **green.**

This time can be read in several ways...

The hour hand is **between** the 2 and 3, but it is a little **closer** to the 3.

So we know that the time is after 2 o'clock but** before 3 o'clock.**

The minute hand is pointing **exactly** at the 7.

Remember that an hour is made up of 60 minutes.

Each number on the clock face represents 5 minutes, so the 7 represents **35 minutes past** the last hour or **25 minutes to** the next hour.

The most common ways to write the time shown are:

**2:35 **or** twenty-five to three.**

You might also say:

**25 minutes to 3 **or** 35 minutes past 2.**

These would be correct, but less common ways of telling the time.

Now it's time to try some questions yourself!