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Wire spiral eggcups - mathematics activities

The photograph shows two eggcups that were made by twisting wire into a spiral or, more correctly, a helix (or helical shape). The helix is found in many objects in nature and is used in households and manufacturing. The length of wire used to make the eggcup can be estimated by making careful use of working assumptions, ...

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Orienteering: using a map and compass

Orienteering requires knowledge of directions, an ability to read a map and the use of a magnetic compass. Find out about the basics of orienteering.

Teacher resource

Moderating worksamples

The teacher works with her colleague to review their students’ achievements in a ‘real world’ numeracy task. She leads a discussion, analysis and interpretation of student work samples, identifying how and why students have or have not been able to grasp the key mathematical concept underpinning the lessons. The moderation ...

Teacher resource

Imagine looking down

Having taught the mathematical concept of location as a relative position on a chessboard in the school playground, the teacher tests students’ understanding by getting them to draw known places, areas and items on the grid as they would be seen from above from a plane. The activity is modelled to another teacher who will ...

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Treasure hunt

Can you read a map and follow directions? Well if you can chances are you can help us find the buried treasure. You'll need to know right from left, east from west, clockwise from anti-clockwise and over from under. Got all that? See you at Buccaneer's Refuge 'me hearties, arrgh'. Remember X marks the spot!

Interactive resource

Direct a robot: which way?

Give directions for a robot to collect soil and rock samples on the moon. Plan the most direct route to save fuel. Enter the best direction of travel for each step. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

Interactive resource

Direct a robot: how far?

Give directions for a robot to collect soil and rock samples on the moon. Plan the most direct route to save fuel. Enter the best distance for each step. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

Interactive resource

Direct a robot: collector

Give directions for a robot to collect rock samples on the moon. Plan the most direct route to save fuel. Enter direction and distance for each step. This activity is one of three activities in the same series.

Assessment resource

Lion trainer: assessment

Assess your ability to use programming commands to direct a lion to a cave by selecting from move, rotate and speed commands. Edit commands up to five times in a lion-training session.

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Freeways - mathematics activities

This is a photograph of a freeway system in a modern industrialised city that provides scope for acute visual perception leading to testable conjectures. By imposing compass point directions on the photograph, specific questions arise about navigating this complex interchange. The photograph also provides a platform for ...

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Cable housing - mathematics activities

This photograph of a steel cable or wire rope and its housing suggests a number of counting and shape related activities. It is important for students to recognise that the wires and the derivative threads of the cable must be twisted in the opposite sense to avoid unravelling. Teachers are encouraged to scan all the ideas ...

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Going places - unit of work

In this unit of work students visualise and plan routes, understand and use the language of position, and give and interpret directions using a variety of formats and resources.

Teacher resource

Giving directions - units of work

In this unit of work students understand and use the language of position, and give and interpret directions using a variety of formats and resources.

Teacher resource

Visualising a journey - unit of work

In this unit of work students visualise and plan routes, and understand and use the language of position.

Teacher resource

Using 'Going places' - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea provides insight into a year 4 classroom where students use a range of digital curriculum materials and hands-on offline activities to visualise and plan routes, understand and use the language of position and give and interpret directions. This Teacher idea recounts the experiences of using R11479 'Going ...

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From here to there - teacher resource

This teacher resource describes how students can use problem-solving skills as they give and follow directions to familiar or unfamiliar places using the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie.

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Starting Smart: having fun: space and number

This curriculum resource package is a ten-week teaching plan and set of resources for the Foundation year or year 1, focusing on the development of concepts and language in space (location and relational position, direction, distance, views and drawing) and number (counting, one-to-one correspondence, ordering numbers, ...

Teacher resource

Protecting the habitat of the manatee and the loggerhead turtle

This is a teaching-learning resource containing teaching strategies and student activities about the effects of environmental features and land use on the comfort, safety and health of manatees and loggerhead turtles in Belize. The resource has seven tabs, six of which are relevant. The first four set out the steps in the ...

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Rooms and furniture

This is a collection of digital activities and printable worksheets for the Italian language curriculum that focuses on how to describe rooms, furniture and family activities and to say where common objects are using adverbs such as 'davanti' and 'dietro' and prepositions such as 'su' and 'tra'. It provides opportunities ...

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Chinese at the tip of your tongue: east, west, south and north

This is a video that introduces the four main compass directions using some key Chinese place names as examples. The narration is in English with Chinese examples supported by Chinese characters and Pinyin.