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National Curriculum: Geometry - Position and Direction - Year 4 - Activities

Created on 25 October 2013 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 09 April 2014 by ncetm_administrator


Programme of Study statements Activity
Describe positions on a 2-D grid as coordinates in the first quadrant
Describe movements between positions as translations of a given unit to the left/right and up/down    
Plot specified points and draw sides to complete a given polygon    

Activity A - Coordinate Challenge

  • NRICH Activity
    Position letters according to clues on a grid. Also supports symmetry.

Activity B – A Cartesian Puzzle

  • NRICH Activity
    Plot coordinates given and identify missing coordinates to create particular shapes.

Activity C - Translation or Destination 1

Resources – large grids or chess boards numbered on two axes, counters, two dice, Counter with T (translation) on one side and D (destination) on the other.

Children work in pairs using a large grid or chess board and counters.

They roll the dice to get starting coordinates and place one counter on the board at the starting coordinates. Roll the dice again. Toss the coin.

If T then use dice to give the translation up/down and left/ right. Children establish which directions are possible given the size of the board. Place a second counter at the new position.

If D then use the second roll of the dice as the new coordinates and children describe the translation taking place between the two sets of coordinates using the language up/down left/right.


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