The next lesson, ask the children what time they think this might be?
A number line pointing closer to two than three to represent quarter past two
Point out that is it not half way past yet so it can’t be half past, but it is past the two, so it can’t be two o’clock.
Move your 2 and 3 post its really far apart (away from the rest of the number line) and place the hand at half past. Then add another identical hand half way between 2 and the half past hand:
Then remove the half past hand
A number from two to three pointing with a single arrow hand to
help children understand quarter past and to when telling the time
Introduce the idea that this is quarter past (i.e. halfway between o’clock and half past). Then model this on the full 1 – 12 timeline, before moving to show it on your adapted clock face. Next, get the children to use their adapted clock faces to show quarter past various times. Then repeat the whole process for quarter to.
A simple ‘quarter past’ exercise from Third Space Learning’s online interventions.
We won’t introduce using our clock to work out what quarter of an hour earlier or later is at this point, as their concept of one quarter is probably hazy and we can leave that until they have done a lot more work on fractions.
At this stage it’s worth pointing out to pupils that it can be difficult to know exactly where to put our hour hand for quarter past and quarter to, because the hour numbers are quite close together. This will pave the way for introducing the minute hand.
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