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Clockwise means moving in the same direction as the hands of a clock.

Moving and Turning

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Knowing and using the languages of position, direction and movement is important. A good understanding of words such as left and right, top, middle and bottom, on top of, in front of, above, between, around, near, close and far, up and down, forwards and backwards, inside and outside, which describe position and movement, will help children move on to talk about rotating and turning in both directions.

Can you answer these questions on position and movement?

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1.
This child is running...
forwards
sideways
backwards
underneath
He is chasing the ball and running in a straight line
2.
If the minute hand makes a three-quarter turn clockwise, which number will it be pointing to?
12
6
5
9
Three quarters is the same as 45 minutes on the clock face
3.
If I turned this picture a quarter turn counterclockwise, which way would the stick be pointing?
To the left
Straight up
Straight down
To the right
Turning counterclockwise means turning the opposite way the clock hands travel
4.
At the moment, the cucumber slices are near the bottom of the picture.
If I gave the plate half a turn, where would they be?
At the bottom of the picture
On the left of the picture
On the right of the picture
At the top of the picture
Turning clockwise or counterclockwise would give the same result
5.
If he gave his arrow half a turn, in which direction would it point?
Straight down
Straight up
To the right
To the left
Half a turn means pointing in the opposite direction
6.
If the needle turned a quarter of a turn clockwise, which word would the red tip point to?
Success
Chance
Failure
Risk
The arrow would turn the same way the clock hands travel
7.
In order to turn the stovetop up to 3, she should...
Pull hard
Turn the knob in an counterclockwise direction
Turn the knob in a clockwise direction
Press hard
To get from 2 to 3, the knob would have to turn to the right
8.
If they walk forwards, what is most likely to happen first?
They will jump in the air
The tips of the arrows will meet
They will fall off
They will start to run
They are facing each other, so walking forwards means they will meet
9.
If she blows and the windmill makes 3 full turns, what color would be at the top?
Pink
Green
Blue
Red
Every full turn would result in everything being back at the starting position
10.
These arrows tell us that traffic should move around the roundabout in which direction?
Anticlockwise
Clockwise
Forwards
Backwards
Everyone traveling in this way means fewer accidents!
Author:  Angela Smith

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