A 60 minute lesson in which students will tell the time on an analogue clock to the half hour.
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Take the class outside and find some concrete. Use chalk to draw a large circle. As a class, add numbers to the circle to create an analogue clock with no hands. Ask two students to lie down inside the circle to become the hands of the clock. Ask the class:
Who should be the minute hand? Why? And the hour hand?
Where should the hour hand point to show 1 o’clock?
Where should the minute hand point?
Repeat the activity until all of the students have had a turn.
How many minutes in one hour? How many minutes in half an hour?
Using the template, show three o’clock. Explain that, when the minute hand is pointing to the 12, we always say ‘o’clock’. Because the hour hand is pointing to the 3, it is three o’clock.
Use the template to show half past three. Explain that, when the minute hand is pointing to the 6, we always say ‘half past’. Because the hour hand is halfway between the 3 and the 4, it is half past three.
As a class, revise some o’clock and half past times using the template.
Call out different o’clock and half past times for the students to make on their clock templates (made in the previous lesson). Ask the students to say the times aloud each time.
Play a game of ‘Around the World’. Ask the students to sit in a circle. One student stands up behind another. Show them a time on the clock template. If the student standing up says the time correctly first, they move behind the next student. If the student who is sitting down gets the answer correct first, they stand up behind the next student and the student who was standing up now sits down in that spot. The aim is for a student to get around all of the students in the class.