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Time: clock times to the minute and measuring duration

This guide provides a sequence of small steps for exploring time, from telling the time to 5-minute and 1-minute intervals and using a.m., p.m. and the 24-hour clock through to finding, comparing and measuring duration.

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Year level(s) Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6
Audience Teacher
Purpose Teaching resource, Teaching strategies
Format Downloadable resources
Teaching strategies and pedagogical approaches Questioning, Explicit teaching
Keywords time, clock, half past, quarter past, quarter to, hours, minutes, seconds, 24-hour clock, explicit teaching

Curriculum alignment

Curriculum connections Numeracy
Strand and focus Number, Measurement, Build understanding
Topics Addition and subtraction, Time
AC: Mathematics (V9.0) content descriptions
Recognise and read the time represented on an analog clock to the hour, half-hour and quarter-hour

Identify the date and determine the number of days between events using calendars

Recognise and use the relationship between formal units of time including days, hours, minutes and seconds to estimate and compare the duration of events


Solve problems involving the duration of time including situations involving "am" and "pm" and conversions between units of time

Compare 12- and 24-hour time systems and solve practical problems involving the conversion between them

Interpret and use timetables and itineraries to plan activities and determine the duration of events and journeys

Numeracy progression Measuring time (P2, P3, P4, P5)
Interpreting fractions (P3)
Counting processes (P6)

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