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Position (Year 3)
If something turns in the opposite direction to the hands of a clock, it turns anticlockwise.

Position (Year 3)

Understanding position is super important in KS2 Maths. In Year Three, we learn about compass points like North, South, East, and West. We also figure out the difference between going clockwise and anticlockwise. Now, it's time to know about horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines, and how a grid has rows and columns.

Position is like telling where something is or which way to go. We use words like horizontal, vertical, clockwise, and anticlockwise to describe it. Knowing these words helps us read maps and not get lost!

Can you tell North from South or horizontal from vertical lines? Take this quiz to find out how much you know about position in KS2 Maths.

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1.
Which way does vertical go?
Up and down
Left to right
Slanted from corner to corner
Curved
The walls of most buildings are vertical
2.
A right angle turn is equivalent to?
One whole turn
One half turn
Three quarter turn
One quarter turn
If the minute hand on a clock started at the 12 and moved one quarter turn to point at the 3, it would be quarter past the hour
3.
Which compass point is at the top?
North
South
East
West
North points up. The North Pole is at the top of a globe
4.
If something turns in the opposite direction to the hands of a clock, what is it called?
Clockwise
Nonclockwise
Anticlockwise
Unclockwise
The Sun moves clockwise across the sky - unless you are in the Southern Hemisphere, in which case it moves anticlockwise
5.
Which compass point is at the bottom?
North
South
East
West
South points down. The South Pole is at the bottom of a globe
6.
Which compass point is on the right?
North
South
East
West
To remember the compass points use a rhyme such as 'Never Eat Slimy Worms'
7.
On a grid, which straight run of squares goes in a horizontal line?
Column
Row
Pole
Strip
The vertical lines of squares are columns
8.
What is a diagonal line?
A line that goes from top to bottom
A line that goes from left to right
A slanted line
A curved line
Diagonal lines are straight, but neither vertical nor horizontal
9.
Which compass point is on the left?
North
South
East
West
The Sun always sets in the west
10.
What is the name given to something that goes from left to right?
Horizontal
Vertical
Diagonal
Column
Horizontal is left to right like the horizon
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - Position and direction

Author:  Amanda Swift

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