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National Curriculum: Geometry - Position and Direction - Year 5 - Activities

Created on 25 October 2013 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 17 January 2014 by ncetm_administrator


Programme of study statement Activity A
identify, describe and represent the position of a shape following a reflection or translation, using the appropriate language, and know that the shape has not changed bullet

Activity A - Translation or Destination 2

Resources – large grids or chess boards numbered on two axes, pre-cut or plastic shapes, 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 pre-cut shapes or plastic shapes.

They roll the dice to get starting coordinates and place one vertex of one shape 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 copy of the first shape with the same vertex at the new coordinates. Extension: Record / relate remaining coordinates of shape.

If D, then use the second roll of the dice as the new coordinates and children describe the translation taking place.

grid with coordinates

Useful Resources

Battleships - this can be played using squared paper and pencils or using ICT.


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