Air Traffic Control: Work out which aircraft are in danger of colliding from their positions and direction of travel. An exercise in understanding bearings.
News Common: Follow the compass directions given in the squares to find where the route starts?
Bearings Advanced Starters:
Restrained Flea: How many different places could the flea find itself after 8 foot-long jumps either north, south, east or west?
Wandering Bear: A bear walks south, east then north and finds it is back where it started. What colour is the bear?
Curriculum for Bearings:
Pupils should be taught to know angles are measured in degrees: estimate and compare acute, obtuse and reflex angles more...
Pupils should be taught to draw given angles, and measure them in degrees (°) more...
Pupils should be taught to identify:
Pupils should be taught to draw 2-D shapes using given dimensions and angles more...
Pupils should be taught to recognise angles where they meet at a point, are on a straight line, or are vertically opposite, and find missing angles. more...
Years 7 to 9
Pupils should be taught to apply the properties of angles at a point, angles at a point on a straight line, vertically opposite angles more...
Pupils should be taught to understand and use the relationship between parallel lines and alternate and corresponding angles more...
Years 10 and 11
Pupils should be taught to interpret and use bearings more...
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A bearing is a description of a direction. It is the number of degrees measured in a clockwise direction from north as seen from above. Convention, probably born out of the need to be quite clear when saying a bearing over a crackly aircraft radio or storm at sea, three figures are given for each bearing. So 90 degrees would be expressed as 090 degrees.
Bearings Teacher Resources:
Plane Bearings: A visual aid designed to help pupils estimate three figure bearings.
Bearings: Practise your ability to interpret and use three-figure bearings with this self-marking exercise.
Navigation NEWS: Each visitor to this page has a unique maze constructed for them to find their way through answering questions about bearings along the way.
Snooker Angles: An online game for one or two players requiring an ability to estimate angles as bearings.
Bearings Video: Find out about bearings and practise estimating, measuring and calculating them.
How to take a Compass Bearing: Steve Backshall teaches you how to use a compass to take a bearing and find out which direction you need to travel.
Three Figure Bearings: A beginner's tutorial for measuring three figure compass bearings using a protractor.
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