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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to the Unit
  2. Introduction to geometry
  3. Properties of 3D shapes
  4. Properties of 2D shapes
  5. Symmetry
  6. Tessellation
  7. Transformations
  8. Coordinates
    1. Teaching position and direction
    2. Progression in learning vocabulary.
    3. Developing further understanding of direction
    4. Teaching coordinates
    5. Coordinates as the location of a point
    6. Pupils' difficulties with coordinates
    7. Progression
    8. Use of ICT
  9. Geometry in the Secondary Curriculum
  10. References


In this section, you will be introduced to the issues surrounding the teaching and learning of coordinates (also referred to as position and direction in Key Stages 1 and 2). You will also be given the opportunity to develop your personal subject knowledge.

At Key Stage 1 children are introduced to ways of describing the positions of objects. They will also be introduced to directional language. At Key Stage 2 children's knowledge is developed further by learning about the use of co-ordinates to specify positions and compass directions and bearings to specify direction.