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Learning About the Clock (Ten To and Ten Past)


You might have already learned about whole hours, half hours and quarter hours. When we talk about one quarter, we split the hour into four parts. Now you will look at the clock when we split the hour in parts of 10 minutes. As I taught you earlier, an hour consists of 60 minutes. That means that in one hour, there are 6 parts of 10 minutes each.

On the analog clock, these times are when the minute hand point to the number 2, 4, 8 and 10.

On the digital clock, these times are shown when the last two digits are 10, 20, 40 and 50.

Four analog and digital clocks

  • When the time is 10 minutes after a half or a whole hour, we say that the time is ten past.

  • When the time is 10 minutes before a half or a whole hour, we say that the time is ten to.

Here are some examples where you can test yourself.

Example 1

Draw the times on a piece of paper.

Four analog clocks with their minute and hour hand missing

Example 2

What time is it?

Write your answer on a piece of paper.

Four analog clocks

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