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What is the Time? (1)

In this worksheet, students practise telling the time using the words 'to' and 'past'.

'What is the Time? (1)' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 3 Maths worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Measurement

Curriculum subtopic:   Tell the Time (analogue, 12-hour clocks, 24-hour clocks)

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

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.



What time is shown on this clock?


Analogue clock with hour hand between 2 and 3, minute hand on 7



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!

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