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 two example questions.

**Example 1**

Look at this clock. What is the time?

**Answer**

On this clock, the hour hand is pointing to between 6 and 7, so we know the time is **before 7 o'clock, but after 6 o'clock. **

The minute hand is pointing to 6 which is **halfway** round the clock.

This clock has 60 small minute markers, but some clocks do not.

Each numbered section on the clock face is worth **5 minutes.**

So, on this clock, the minute hand has travelled to the 6th number.

6 lots of 5 minutes equal **30 minutes or half an hour.**

So the time shown is **6:30** or **half past 6.**

**Example 2**

What time does this clock show?

**Answer**

Notice that the hour hand has moved **very slightly** from the clock in example 1.

The time is still **after 6 o'clock but before 7 o'clock.**

The minute hand has moved forward **one minute past** the 6 marker.

So the time shown is 6:31.

Now it's your turn to try some questions like this.