Unit 14 Section 1 : Telling the Time

In this section we look at different ways of writing times.
For example, "7:45" is the same time as "quarter to eight".

On a clock face, this can be represented as shown on the right.

Also, remember that one hour is 60 minutes, so that:

• half an hour = 30 minutes
• quarter of an hour = 15 minutes
• three quarters of an hour = 45 minutes

Getting used to the clock

The time is given below on a clock face, in words and in digits. The clock can be set in a number of ways.
 The time in words: The time in digits: You can use the left and right arrows to move backwards and forwards in five minute jumps. You can also click on the edge of the clock face to set the hands to the appropriate positions. Click where you want the minute hand first, then where you want the hour hand. For example, to set the time to "quarter to eight", you need to click on the nine for the minute hand and just below the eight for the hour hand. If you want to go back to 12 o'clock at any point, click on the centre of the clock.
Use the clock to practice setting the time, and to get used to the different ways of writing the time in words and digits.

Example Questions

Work out the answer to each of these questions then click on the button marked to see whether you are correct.

Question 1
For each of the following times, work out the time using digits and what the clockface should look like.
(a) twenty five past eight

(b) quarter to ten

Question 2
Use each of the following clockfaces to work out the time using words and using digits.
(a)
(b)
(c)

Exercises

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Question 1
Write the times shown on each of these clocks in words and digits.
 (a) The time in words is The time in digits is (b) The time in words is The time in digits is (c) The time in words is The time in digits is (d) The time in words is The time in digits is (e) The time in words is The time in digits is (f) The time in words is The time in digits is (g) The time in words is The time in digits is (h) The time in words is The time in digits is (i) The time in words is The time in digits is

Question 2
Mark the times below on the clock faces alongside.
NOTE: In this question the first click sets the minute hand, and the second click sets the hour hand.
 (a) ten past five (b) ten to nine (c) quarter to seven (d) quarter past twelve (e) half past ten (f) twenty to nine (g) twenty to two (h) twenty five to six (i) twenty past four

Question 3
Mark the times below on the clock faces alongside.
NOTE: In this question the first click sets the hour hand, and the second click sets the minute hand.
 (a) 4:00 (b) 5:30 (c) 7:15 (d) 8:20 (e) 2:45 (f) 3:50 (g) 1:55 (h) 6:05 (i) 11:35

Question 4
Write these times in words:
(a) 9:30

(b) 4:00

(c) 4:25

(d) 8:45

(e) 7:35

(f) 9:05

Question 5
Write these times using digits:
(a) eight o'clock

(b) quarter to seven

(c) ten past five

(d) half past six

(e) ten to three

(f) five to four

(g) twenty five to nine

(h) twenty to three

Question 6
Halim looks at his watch and sees that the time is 7:45.

(a) Write this time in words.

(b) What time will it be ten minutes later? Give your answer using digits.

Question 7
A bus leaves school at five minutes to four.

Tony gets off 20 minutes later.
(a) What time does he get off the bus? Give your answer in words:

He then takes twenty minutes to walk from the bus stop to his house.
(b) What time does he get to his house. Give your answer using digits.

You have now completed Unit 14 Section 1
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