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.
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