2Traditional clocks that look like the ones here are called analogue clocks. These are the clocks we use first when we are learning to tell the time. They come in all shapes and sizes.
3All about timeThere are two long pointers on clocks. They are called ‘hands’. The ‘big hand’, shown here, is also called the ‘minute hand’.The minute hand tells you how many minutes have passed in each hour. Click the red square for more informationsixty minutes pastfifty five minutes pastfive minutes pastfifty minutes pastten minutes pastforty five minutes pastfifteen minutes pastforty minutes pasttwenty minutes pastthirty five minutes pasttwenty five minutes pastthirty minutes pastEach number the big hand passes is the same as five minutes in time. Each hour is sixty minutes long.
4This clock says 6 o’clock. The ‘little’ hand is pointing to the 6 This clock says 6 o’clock. The ‘little’ hand is pointing to the 6. The ‘little’ hand is also called the ‘hour’ hand. It moves more slowly than the minute hand.Click the red square move the clock on by sixty minutes.The minute hand has moved all the way around the clock but the hour hand has only moved a short distance to the next number. The minute hand moves more quickly than the hour hand.
5Facts about time There are 60 seconds in each minute! It takes the big or minute hand 60 minutes to go all the way around the clock.There are 60 minutes in 1 hour.It takes the little or hour hand 24 hours to go all the way around the clock.There are 24 hours in 1 day.
6More factsWhen the big or minute has moved to the number 12 it is called ‘o’clock’.When the big or minute has moved to the number 3 it is called ‘quarter past’.When the big or minute has moved to the number 6 it is called ‘half past’.When the big or minute has moved to the number 9 it is called ‘quarter to’.
7More factsWhen the minute hand has moved to ‘half past’ each hour we stop saying the word ‘past’ and start using the word ‘to’. So…35 minutes past is called 25 minutes to40 minutes past is called 20 minutes to45 minutes past is called quarter to50 minutes past is called 10 minutes to55 minutes past is called 5 minutes to
8twenty five minutes past It works like thiso’clockfive minutes tofive minutes pastten minutes toten minutes pastquarter toquarter pasttwenty minutes totwenty minutes pasttwenty five minutes totwenty five minutes pasthalf pastClick on the red square