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Position (Year 5)
On a grid, the x axis is horizontal.

Position (Year 5)

In KS2 Maths, as you move to Year Five, you'll become a pro at position and direction! Imagine a compass – you'll know it inside out by now. Also, angles in a quarter, half, or full spin are your pals. You can find angles on a straight line or in a circle by taking away a given angle. Now, let's dive into marking spots using coordinates, the X axis, and the Y axis on a grid.

On a grid, we mark positions with coordinates like (3,4) or (5,6). Picture these as magical points! The first number is on the X axis, the second on the Y axis. Where they meet, that's a special spot on the grid – like making a secret code to show buried treasure on a map!

Fancy testing your skills? Play the awesome quiz below to show off your new positional wizardry!

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1.
On a grid, in which direction is the X axis?
Horizontal
Vertical
Diagonal
Curved
One way to remember this is the sound 'X' makes - it sounds a little bit like aCroSS and horizontal lines travel across the page
2.
What is the name given to an angle that is more than 90o and less than 180o?
Acute
Obtuse
Right angle
Scalene
An obtuse angle can be thought of as the point of a blunt pencil
3.
How many degrees is a straight line?
360o
90o
45o
180o
A circle is 360o and a straight line is half a circle. 180o is half of 360o
4.
How would you find the coordinates 2,3?
Start at 0,0 move 2 to the right and 3 up
Start at 0,0 move 3 to the right and 2 up
Start at 0,0 move 2 up and 3 to the right
Start at 0,0 move 3 up and 2 to the right
The first coordinate is always along the X axis
5.
What is the name of the vertical axis?
B
X
Y
Z
One way to remember this is that a 'Y' looks similar to a 'V' for Vertical
6.
What is the name given to an angle that is less than 90o?
Acute
Obtuse
Right angle
Scalene
An acute angle can be thought of as the point of a sharp pencil
7.
On a straight line, there is an angle of 72o. What is the other angle?
108o
208o
288o
98o
180o - 72o = 108o
8.
Which of these angles is obtuse?
90o
75o
150o
200o
200o is not obtuse as it is more than 180o
9.
Two angles make a straight line. One is 25o; what is the other?
65o
335o
255o
155o
180o - 25o = 155o
10.
Which coordinates are the first on a grid?
1,1
0,0
0,1
1,0
0,0 is the place where the X axis and the Y axis cross one another
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - Position and direction

Author:  Amanda Swift

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