This problem could be worked on in a group of about four. For more
details about how you might go about doing this, please read the Teachers'
Sam and Julie are friends. Both of them have rather odd clocks at
In Sam's bedroom there is an old alarm clock which his Dad had
thrown out because it had lost its minute hand. Although it has
only its small hand, Sam can still tell the time using it. He can
tell the hour, such as midday. He can tell when it is time to get
up, time to go to school and time to turn his light out at
Which clock is showing it is midday?
At what time does Sam get up?
At what time does Sam go to school?
At what time is Sam supposed to turn out his light?
In Julie's hall there is a very old clock which lost its hour hand
a long time ago.
School finishes at half past three and it takes Julie at least half
an hour to get home. Sometimes she goes to the shop on the way, and
sometimes she leaves school a bit later. When she first gets home
Julie always looks at the clock in the hall to see what time it
One week these were the times she saw:
On which day was it raining so she hurried straight
On which day did she go to the shop to buy some sweets on the
On which day did she stay at school to practise in the
On which day did she play with Sam for about half an hour
before setting off for home?
On which day did her teacher keep the class in for five