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Telling the time - quarter past and quarter to

 

Parents ... Use the online clock tool. 

Using the middle button in the top left hand corner to change the clock type, to 12 hour digital mode. 

Show 7:30 on the 12 hour digital clock and ask your child to read the time, “seven thirty” and,  if possible, ask your child to make that time on an analogue clock and read it out loud, “half past seven”.    

Reveal the analogue clock on the tool to check the answer. Repeat with other half past times.

Now watch this video ...

Telling the time - quarter past

Parents ... Use your chosen clock tool to show an analogue quarter past time and describe it to your child before showing it, e.g. The minute hand is pointing at the three.

Show the time and ask your child to read it.

Discuss the fact that in quarter past times the minute hand points to the 3.

This is a quarter of the way round the clock.

Repeat using the online clock tool to show other quarter past times on the analogue clock only.

Ask your child to read the time, then click the button to show them the matching digital time. 

Explain that 3:15 is quarter past 3 as 15 minutes is a quarter of an hour.

 

Now watch this video to introduce “quarter to”.

Telling the Time - quarter to

On the clock tool make an analogue quarter to time.

The long hand (the minute hand) is pointing to the nine.

It is quarter to the next hour.

Point to the hour hand showing it is closer to the next o’clock time.

What time is on this clock? Quarter to x.

Use the online clock tool to show other quarter to times on the analogue clock only.

Ask your child to read the time, then click the button to show them the matching digital time.

Say that 3:45 is quarter to four, because there are 15 minutes left to go until 4 o’clock.

Rehearse more analogue times in sequence, e.g. 6 o’clock, quarter past 6, half past 6, quarter to 7. Match some of these to digital times, focussing on quarter past,  half past and quarter to.

 

Now see if you can match the time on the clocks on the sheet.

Key questions:

Where does the long hand go when it is half past / quarter past / quarter to?

When both hands point straight up to the twelve, what time is it?

Parents ... In our experience “quarter to” is harder for the children to grasp as the hour changes when you read it.

 

 

I Spy Time Challenge

Ask a grown up to print out the I Spy Time cards and recording sheet.

Now ask them to hide the clocks around the house. Can you find all of the clocks and write the times down on the recording sheet? Happy hunting!

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