Mathematics / Year 5 / Measurement and Geometry / Location and transformation

Curriculum content descriptions

Use a grid reference system to describe locations. Describe routes using landmarks and directional language (ACMMG113)

Elaborations
  • comparing aerial views of Country, desert paintings and maps with grid references
  • creating a grid reference system for the classroom and using it to locate objects and describe routes from one object to another
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Numeracy Numeracy
ScOT terms

Landmarks,  Grid references

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