Half Past an Hour

The hour hand takes one hour to move from one number to the next number. If it has gone from the number 1 to the number 2, it means one hour has passed.

The minute hand moves faster and it takes one hour to go around the clock. If it starts at 12 and goes around to get back to 12, it also means one hour has passed.

We learnt that, one hour is equal to 60 minutes. When one hour is divided into two, it is half an hour or 30 minutes. The minute hand points at 6. We say, 30 minutes past an hour or half past an hour.






Look at the clock. The minute hand is at 6. The hour hand is between 1 and 2. So, the time is half past 1. We write 1:30.


Half Past 1
Half Past 3







Here, the minute hand is at 6. The hour hand is between 3 and 4. So, the time is half past 3.We write 3:30.








Here, also the minute hand is at 6. The hour hand is between 7 and 8. So, the time is half past 7. We write 7:30.

Half Past 7
Half Past 10







Here, also the minute hand is at 6. The hour hand is between 10 and 11. So, the time is half past 10. We write 10:30.

Half Past the Hour

In the clock shown on the left, the minute hand is pointing to 6 and the hour hand is between 2 and 3.

We say that the time is half past two or two thirty.

In short form, we write it as 2:30.




In the clock shown on the right, minute hand is pointing to 6 and the hour hand is between 5 and 6.

We say that the time is half past 5 or five thirty or 5:30.

Half Past 5 or Five Thirty


Note: When the minute hand goes from 12 to 6, we say that half an hour has passed.


Questions and Answers on Half Past an Hour:

Worksheet on Half Past an Hour

1. Write the time shown in each clock. One has been done for you.

(i)

Half Past 9

                                      9:30

 half past nine


(ii)

                                      _____

 _________________


(iii)

Half Past 11

                                      _____

 _________________


(iv)

Half Past 8

                                      _____

 _________________


(v)

Half Past 5

                                      _____

 _________________


(vi)

Half Past 2

                                      _____

 _________________


(vii)

Half Past 12

                                      _____

 _________________


(viii)

Half Past 4

                                      _____

 _________________


(ix)

Half Past 6

                                      _____

 _________________

Answer:

1. (ii) 7: 30      half past seven

(iii) 11:30     half past eleven

(iv) 8:30       half past eight

(v) 5:30        half past five

(vi) 2:30       half past two

(vii) 12:30     half past twelve

(viii) 4:30      half past four

(ix) 6:30        half past six


2. Write the time in three ways. One has been done for you.

Time in Three Ways

Answer:

2. (ii) 12:30;  twelve thirty; half past 12

(iii) 9:30;  nine thirty; half past 9


3. Draw the hour hand to represent the time:

Draw the Hour Hand


4. Draw both the hands of the clock to show the time:

Draw Minute and Hour Hands



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