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Read Roman Numerals on a Clock Face

In this worksheet, students will convert between Roman numerals and normal numbers up to 12.

'Read Roman Numerals on a Clock Face' 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 are going to have a go at telling the time on clocks using Roman numerals!


The numbers that we use today are not the same as the ones the Romans used.

Roman numerals were used all over the Roman Empire.


Roman soldier


In England, they are still used occasionally, for example, on film credits and clock faces.


   clock with numbers              clock with Roman numerals


Notice that you have to turn your head to read the Roman numerals on this clock face!


Remember that the Romans didn't have a symbol for the number 0.


You should know the following:


1 I  
2 II  
3 III  
4 IV I before V is 1 less than 5
5 V  
6 VI I after V is 1 more than 5
7 VII II after V is 2 more than 5
8 VIII III after V is 3 more than 5
9 IX I before X is 1 less than 10
10 X  
11 XI I after X is 1 more than 10
12 XII II after X is 2 more than 10

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