Time to the Minute
Basics on the topic Time to the Minute
Telling the time to the nearest minute
In this Year 3 telling the time to 1 minute video, Zuri and Freddie are out for a walk when they hear a noise. They go and investigate and find out a snail race is taking place! They decide to stay and watch and use the analogue clock tower in the park to tell the time to the nearest minute and find out what time it is when the snails arrive at each obstacle.
Telling time to the nearest minute
The first obstacle the snails reach is the ant obstacle. Zuri and Freddie look to the clock to find out what time it is, but how do they work it out? When telling the time to the minute, we need to follow three steps.
When you're telling time to the minute, you can use the HOUR hand, MINUTE hand, and COUNTING IN STEPS to help you to find out the exact time.
 First, find the hour by looking at what number the HOUR hand (or short hand) LAST passed.
 Next, find the minute by counting in fives from 12 and then counting up.
 Finally, put the hour and minute together to find the exact time.
By following these steps, Zuri and Freddie find out that the snails reach the ant obstacle at 2:37! They continue to use these steps to find out what time it is when the snails reach further obstacles along the way too.
Remember, when reading the time to the nearest minute
 First, find the hour by looking at what number the HOUR hand (or short hand) LAST passed.
 Next, find the minute by counting in steps and counting up.
 Finally, put the hour and minute together to find the exact time.
Will Zuri and Freddie find out who wins in the end? Watch the video to find out what happens and then continue your learning with our telling time to the minute activities and telling time to the minute worksheets.
Transcript Time to the Minute
"Do you hear that noise?" "Yeah, what is that?" "I don't know. It sounds cool, let's go check it out!" "Welcome one, welcome all to the annual snail race!" "A snail race? Wohoo!" While Zuri and Freddie watch the snail race, they will need to use the analog clock tower in the park to tell time to the minute. "Time to the Minute" How can you tell time to the exact minute? You can tell time to the exact minute by counting in steps and counting up. "Look at the time, we're already at the ant obstacle." Let's help Zuri and Freddie figure out what time the clock says. Step one: start by finding the hour hand. We can do this by finding the last hour the HOUR hand (or the short hand) passed. Here the last number the HOUR hand (or the short hand) passed, was two. So the hour is two. Now we need to find out how many MINUTES of the hour have passed. We can count in steps and count up to find how many minutes have passed. Let's count in FIVES together until we reach the minute hand. Remember, counting in steps is when you count forward by a certain number. Five, ten, fifteen, twenty, twentyfive, thirty, thirtyfive. Now we can find the exact minute by counting up. Thirtysix, thirtyseven. The minute is thirtyseven. Step three: put the hour and minute together to find the exact time. If we do that, the time is 2:37. "Now we're at the butterfly obstacle!" "What time is it?" Let's help Zuri and Freddie figure out what time it is. Remember, step one is to find the hour by looking at what number the HOUR hand last passed. What is the hour? The last number the RED hour hand passed was three, so the hour is three. What is the minute? Remember, step two is to find the minute by counting in steps, or, counting up. We can count in steps, or count up until we reach the BLUE minute hand. Let's count together! Five, ten, fifteen. Now we count up to the exact minute. Sixteen, seventeen, eighteen. The minute is eighteen. Finally step three, put the hour and minute together. So the time is 3:18. "Next up is the ladybird obstacle." "Wow! They got there so fast!" "No way! What time is it now?" We know that some time has passed, but can you help Zuri and Freddie find the exact time? Great! Remember, step one is to find the hour. Here the last number the hour hand (or the short hand) passed was four, so the hour is four. Next, find the minute by counting in steps of five and counting up. What minute did you get? Lastly, put the hour and time together. What time did you get? Did you get 4:43? "Oh no! The green snail got caught in the tricky spider web; that obstacle is always difficult." "Look! it's the blue snail pulling ahead!" "Is the blue snail going to win this now? She's my favorite!" "Yeah, she's the best!" Now it's YOUR turn to help Zuri and Freddie figure out what time it is. What time do you see?
The hour hand has just passed SIX, so the hour is six. If you count forward in fives then count up, you should get the number twelve. So, the minute is twelve. The time is 6:12. Remember, when you're telling time to the exact minute, you can use the HOUR hand, MINUTE hand, and COUNTING IN FIVES to help figure out the exact time. First, find the hour by looking at what number the HOUR hand (or short hand) LAST passed. Next, find the minute by counting in steps of five and counting up. Finally, put the hour and minute together to find the exact time. "AND WE HAVE A WINNER!" "At last after five hours of racing we can FINALLY anounce that the winner is..."
Oh great, now NO ONE will know the winner!
Time to the Minute exercise

What time is it?
HintsRemember the last number the hour hand (or short hand) passed tells you the hour.
Find the minutes by counting forwards in 5's around the clocks, then counting up to the minute hand (or long hand).
Solution The last number the hour hand (or short hand) passed was 4.
 After counting forwards in 5's and then counting up to the minute hand (or long hand), you stop at 43 minutes.
 So, the time is 4:43.

Find the clocks that match.
HintsFind the minutes by counting around the clock in steps of 5, then counting up to the minute hand (or long hand).
Remember the last number the hour hand (or short hand) passed tells you the hour.
Solution The last number the hour hand (or short hand) passed was 2.
So, the time is 2:37. _____________________________________________________________________________________ For the other clocks: The last number the hour hand (or short hand) passed was 3.
So, the time is 3:18. The last number the hour hand (or short hand) passed was 9.
So, the time is 9:22. The last number the hour hand (or short hand) passed was 7.
So, the time is 7:53. 
Match the times to the clocks.
HintsRemember the last number the hour hand (or short hand) passed tells you the hour.
Find the minutes by counting forwards around the clock in steps of 5, then counting up to the minute hand (or long hand).
SolutionThe first clock:
 The last number the hour hand (or short hand) passed was 10.
 After counting forwards in steps of 5, then counting up to the minute hand (or long hand), you stop at 48 minutes.
 So, the time is 10:48.
The second clock: The last number the hour hand (or short hand) passed was 5.
 After counting forwards in steps of 5, then up to the minute hand (or long hand), you stop at 12 minutes.
 So, the time is 5:12.
 The last number the hour hand (or short hand) passed was 2.
 After counting forwards in steps of 5, then up to the minute hand (or long hand), you stop at 32 minutes.
 So, the time is 2:32.
 The last number the hour hand (or short hand) passed was 12.
 After counting forwards in steps of 5, then up to the minute hand (or long hand), you stop at 38 minutes.
 So, the time is 12:38.

What time is it?
HintsPut a : between the hour and minute.
Example: 2:30If the minutes are less than 10, make sure to put a 0 in the tens place.
Example: 2:04Remember the last number the hour hand (or short hand) passed tells you the hour.
Find the minutes by counting forwards in steps of 5, then counting up to the minute hand (or long hand).
SolutionThe first clock:
 The last number the hour hand (or short hand) passed was 1.
 After counting forwards in steps of 5, then counting up to the minute hand (or long hand), you stop at 48 minutes.
 So, the time is 1:48.
The second clock: The last number the hour hand (or short hand) passed was 11.
 After counting forwards in steps of 5, then counting up to the minute hand (or long hand), you stop at 7 minutes.
 So, the time is 11:07.
 The last number the hour hand (or short hand) passed was 6.
 After counting forwards in steps of 5, then counting up to the minute hand (or long hand), you stop at 28 minutes.
 So, the time is 6:28.
 The last number the hour hand (or short hand) passed was 8.
 After counting forwards in steps of 5, then counting up to the minute hand (or long hand), you stop at 33 minutes.
 So, the time is 8:33.

Sort the steps for how to read a clock.
HintsThink back to what step comes before you find how many minutes have passed.
Before you start counting in 5's around the clock and counting up the minutes, what must you find?
Solution First, find the hour by looking at the last number the hour hand (or short hand) passed.
 Now we need to find how many minutes of the hour have passed by looking at the minute hand (or long hand).
 We can count forwards in steps of 5 around the clock, then count up to find how many minutes have passed.
 Put the hour and minute together to find the exact time.

Which times are wrong?
HintsRemember the last number the hour hand (or short hand) passed tells you the hour.
Find the minutes by counting forwards in steps of 5, then counting up to the minute hand (or long hand).
SolutionThe last time is 2:52, not 10:14.
 The last number the hour hand (or short hand) passed was 2.
 After counting forwards in steps of 5 then counting up to the minute hand (or long hand), you stop at 52 minutes.
 So, the time is 2:52.
The first time is 9:22, not 4:42.
 The last number the hour hand (or short hand) passed was 9.
 After counting forwards in steps of 5 then counting up to the minute hand (or long hand), you stop at 22 minutes.
 So, the time is 9:22.
 The last number the hour hand (or short hand) passed was 4.
 After counting forwards in steps of 5 then counting up to the minute hand (or long hand), you stop at 3 minutes.
 So, the time is 4:03.
 The last number the hour hand (or short hand) passed was 11.
 After counting forwards in steps of 5 then counting up to the minute hand (or long hand), you stop at 23 minutes.
 So, the time is 11:23.