Hours and days

Home learning focus

Learn about the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day.

This lesson includes:

  • a learning summary
  • one worksheet
  • one sorting activity


In this lesson, you will learn how to measure intervals of time on a clock. You will also look at estimating how long different events will take using different units of time.

First, look at the slideshow below to understand how we measure time using clocks. Try looking at a clock or watch in your home to help you to answer the questions.

Make sure that you have a timer ready to help you with the activity on the last slide.

Hours and days
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Just a minute

You can use words to help count a minute without using a stopwatch. You can say '1 elephant, 2 elephants, 3 elephants' and so on for each second until you get to 60 elephants for 1 minute.

Can you think of any other words that you could use to help you to count to a minute?

Now let's look at some more intervals of time on a clock in the next slideshow.

Image of three clocks. The first clock shows that it is quarter past 12. The second clock shows that it is half past 12. The third clock shows that it is quarter to 1.

How many minutes are in a quarter of an hour? How many minutes are in half an hour? How many minutes are in three quarters of an hour?

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Activity 1

Time tales

Time to put your knowledge to the test! Use this set of activity cards to solve time problems about minutes in an hour and hours in a day.

You may want to use a clock or a watch to help you to check your answers.

Time tales

Finished? Click here for the answer sheet.

Activity 2

Sorting activity

This sorting activity is a great way to help you to understand the difference between seconds, minutes, hours and days.

Print out the activity cards and carefully cut out the different activities or write them all out onto different pieces of paper. Then sort the different activities into what you think you can do in one second, one minute, one hour and one day.

Can you think of any other activities that you can do within those time intervals?

Sorting activity

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