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Using the 24-hour Clock: What's the Time?

In this worksheet, students add or subtract minutes to or from the given times, stating their answers in 24-hour clock time.

'Using the 24-hour Clock: What's the Time?' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 Maths worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Measurement

Curriculum subtopic:   Solve Time Problems

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

The 24-hour clock is one of the ways we can tell the time, so let's look at how we can write the time using the 24-hour clock correctly.


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There are 24 hours in a day and this system simply uses the number of the hour in the day to tell the time.  


After 12:00 pm on the 24-hour clock, we continue counting upwards from 13 (1 pm) until we reach 24 (12 midnight).

For example - 11 am is the 11th hour of the day, or 3 pm is the 15th hour (we count up from 12 pm to 1 pm (13th hour) 2 pm (14th hour) to 3 pm (15th hour).

Alternatively, you can add 12 to the hours to work out the time after 12 noon.

For example, 04:00 (+12) = 16:00 and 07:00 (+12) = 19:00



The first thing we must remember is the 24 hour clock time always uses 4 numbers separating the hours from the minutes with a : sign.


If you look at the 24-hour example below, we see that each of these uses 4 numbers.  If the time is early in the morning, as in the example, we must include a 0 before the number 7, so we meet the 4 number rule!


7.35 a.m. is 07:35

7.35 p.m. is 19:35


You may notice that when we write the time using the 24-hour clock, we don't write am or pm.  This is because we know that anything between 00:00 and 11:59 (the first 12 hours) refers to a the morning, and 12:00 - 23:59 is the afternoon/evening.


Once we know these basic rules for writing the time using the 24-hour clock, we can start to do more advanced things, like adding and subtracting time... let's give this a go!



What 24-hour clock time is 46 minutes after 7.35 p.m.?



We start on the hour at 7.00 p.m. and then add 46 minutes and 35 minutes from the question.

35 + 46 = 81 minutes.

81 minutes is 1 hour (60 minutes) and 21 minutes.

1 hour and 21 minutes after 7.00 p.m. is 8.21 p.m.

8.21 p.m. is 20:21 in 24 hour clock time.

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