Position (Year 4)
The compass point opposite South East is North West.

Position (Year 4)

As children progress through KS2 they will learn more about position and direction in Maths. As well as understanding the points on a compass and other basic terms, such as horizontal or clockwise, in Year Four children will now look at degrees which are used to measure angles. They will be taught how many degrees are in a full rotation, a half rotation and a quarter rotation, and they should be able to work out other angles, for example one twelfth of a rotation.

Working out position usually involves tools such as compasses, used to show the direction of North, or protractors, which are used to measure the number of degrees in angles. There are 360 degrees in circle and 180 degrees in a half circle. 180 degrees are not only found in a half circle - a triangle and a straight line also both have 180 degrees.

Do you know the difference between North West and South East? How many degrees are there in a right angle? See how much you know by playing this quiz all about position.

1.
If a clock hand moves from 12 to 1 how many degrees has it turned?
180o
30o
90o
45o
There are 12 hours on a clock face so to work out how many degrees one hour is, divide 360 by 12
2.
How many degrees is one whole turn?
180o
360o
90o
400o
Half a turn is 180o
3.
How many degrees is a right angle turn?
180o
30o
45o
90o
A right angle turn is the same as a quarter turn
4.
Which compass point is between South and East?
South East
South West
North East
South North
On a clock face South East would be halfway between the 4 and the 5
5.
How many degrees in a quarter turn?
180o
360o
45o
90o
One quarter turn will be equivalent to one quarter of 360o
6.
Which compass point is opposite South East?
North East
South West
North West
South
On a clock face North West would be halfway between the 10 and the 11
7.
Where is the compass point North East found?
Between North and South
Between North and West
Between North and East
Between South and East
On a clock face North East would be halfway between the 1 and the 2
8.
If a clock hand moves from 6 to 12 how many degrees has it turned?
30o
180o
90o
45o
From 6 to 12 is equivalent to one half turn
9.
What is the compass point between South and West?
South West
South East
South North
North West
To remember the position of the compass points, use a rhyme such as 'Never Eat Slimy Worms'
10.
If a clock hand moves from 12 to 3 how much has it turned?
One quarter
Half
Three quarters
One whole
When the minute hand points to the 3 on a clock face it shows one quarter of an hour

 

Author:  Amanda Swift

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