Telling the time

This term we have been looking at different clocks and how to tell the time accurately. We discussed the following…

Analogue Clocks – they use hands to show us the minutes and the hours. The hour hand is short and the minute hand is long.

Digital clocks – use numbers (digits) to show the time

AM – stands for Ante Meridiem which is Latin for “before midday”.

PM – stands for Post Meridiem which is Latin for “after midday”

Some of us were a little confused on whether it was ‘am’ or ‘pm’ when the time is 12:00 in the middle of the day and also 12:00 in the middle of the night. We now know that when it is 12:00pm it is midday and the beginning of ‘pm’.  When it is 12:00am it is midnight and the beginning of ‘am’. Here is a diagram to help explain this.

As a class we have been practising how to read different times using the analogue clocks and using the correct language.

o’clock – when it is exactly on the hour. The minute hand is always on the 12 (0 minutes)

half past – when half an hour or 30 minutes has passed from the hour. The minute hand is always on the 6 (30 minutes)

quarter past – when a quarter of an hour or 15 minutes has passed from the hour. The minute hand is always on the 3 (15 minutes)

quarter to – when there is a quarter of an hour until the next “o’clock” or new hour. The minute hand is always on the 9 (45 minutes)

We will continue to use this language daily and practise reading the time throughout the day.

Click on the Mathopolis link to complete the quiz.

What do you find challenging when reading the time?

Can you list some places that you see both analogue and digital clocks in everyday life?

Write down the following times as a digital time and then using words.

1. What time you got out of bed this morning

2. What time recess finishes at school

3. What time lunch eating begins

4. What time you normally go to bed

5. An activity of your choice.

5 thoughts on “Telling the time”

1. Kain

Dear Mrs Baldwin, the most challenging thing about reading time is on a analogue clock probably the hands.

You could find them both at Home, Work, school,
7:30 seven thirty am
11:15 eleven fifteen am
12:45 twelve forty five Pm
8:00 eight o’clock (Pm)
Japanese 2:25 two twenty five

2. Jackson

Dear Mrs Baldwin,
I don’t really think that anything of time would really be hard, but I guess the most hardest one is the minutes.
I don’t really know where to find digital clocks, but I do find analogue clocks in the classroom.

From Jackson

3. Grayson

Dear Mrs Baldwin,

I got out of bed at about 7:00 AM.Recess finishes at 11:20 AM. Lunch eating begins at 12:45 PM. I normally go to bed at 8:15 PM. I usually start surf trainings at 5:00 PM -6:30.

I see analogue clocks at school, home and in mathematics.I also see digital clocks in my house, when you are timing someone, on radios and on an electronic device.

From Grayson.

4. Jessm

Dear miss Baldwin I go to bed at 9:30 and I have seen a analogue clock at a bakery .and I have seen a digital clock at the vet and it is there every day . I wake up at 6:00 every morning .recess finishes at 3:30 lunch eating starts at 12 :45. And my calithenics goes for 5 hours and it starts at 6:00. From Jess m

5. Jessm

Dear miss Baldwin I go to bed at 9:30 and I have seen a analogue clock at a bakery .and I have seen a digital clock at the vet and it is there every day . I wake up at 6:00 every morning .recess finishes at 3:30 lunch eating starts at 12 :45. And my calithenics goes for 5 hours and it starts at 6:00. From Jess mc