One of the topics covered when studying shapes in KS3 Maths is bearings. Bearings are angles measured clockwise from the direction of north. We use them for navigation and to help us find our way. Aircraft and ships are both navigated by using bearings and countries would still be waiting to be discovered without them!
Let's imagine a clock face with 12 o'clock representing north and your position being the centre of the dial. 3 o'clock would have a bearing of 090 degrees because it is 90^{o} from north, in a clockwise direction. 9 o'clock would have a bearing of 270 because it is 270^{o} from north in a clockwise direction. 6 o'clock would have a bearing of 180 because it is 180^{o} from north in a clockwise direction. If you ever get stuck with bearings then just remember this clock face.
So, now you can navigate with bearings, let's see if you can find your way to the end of this quiz on the subject. Take your time and read each question carefully. Good luck!.














For a bearing of 090 degrees imagine a line running from the centre of a clock face, through 3 o'clock and continuing in that direction. All points on this line have a bearing of 090 degrees to you

All bearings have 3 figures. So, an angle of 43^{o} would be written as 043^{o}


A compass always points north. Bearings are measured from the north line

The angle between the north line and the direction taken is the bearing


90 degrees (90^{o}) is east (think 3 on a clock), 180^{o} is south (think 6 on a clock), west is 270^{o} (9 on a clock) and north is 360^{o} (12 on a clock)

Make all bearings into 3figure bearings. 90^{o} becomes 090^{o}, 9^{o} becomes 009^{o}


North to south is the same as 12 o'clock to 6 o'clock  half a rotation or 180^{o}

All bearings are measured clockwise which means turning to the right


This is called finding the back bearing of 020^{o}

If the bearing is more than 180 then deduct 180 to find the back bearing
