Half past

Home learning focus

Learn to read the time to half past the hour.

This lesson includes:

  • a learning summary
  • a video
  • a quiz activity

Learn

When the minute hand of a clock has moved from 12 and travelled halfway round the clock to point at 6, this is half past the hour.

The hour hand also moves and is halfway from one number to the next one.

On this clock, the minute hand points to 6 so it is half past.

The hour hand points halfway past 8 so it is half past 8.

Watch this clip from BBC Teach all about things you can do in half an hour.

Examples

Can you match the clocks below with these times?

  • half past 3
  • half past 1
  • half past 10

Left - If the minute hand is pointing to 6 and the hour hand is halfway between 10 and 11, it is half past 10.

Middle - If the minute hand is pointing to 6 and the hour hand is halfway between 3 and 4, it is half past 3.

Right - If the minute hand is pointing to 6 and the hour hand is halfway between 1 and 2, it is half past 1.

Top tip

Check the minute hand first because if the minute hand is on the 6 this means it is half past.

Practise

Activity 1

Keep looking at a clock throughout the day and practise telling the time.

Look for things you do when it is half past an hour. You could keep a diary of your day.

Remember, the minute hand points at 6 and the hour hand is halfway between two numbers when it is half past.

Activity 2

Have a go at telling the time with this quiz!

Play

Test your skills on this topic even further by playing Karate Cats Maths - see if you can collect a new costume for your cat!

Game - Karate Cats Maths

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