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The aircraft shown are all flying at the same speed and height.
The directions they are flying are shown as three figure bearings.
Is the situation safe or are any aircraft likely to collide?
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Topics: Starter  Angles  Bearings  Estimating
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Here is the URL which will take them to an exercise involving bearings.
Here is the URL which will take them to a game involving bearings.
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If your pupils' ability to estimate compass bearings is not good enough for this Starter you may want to instead begin with this. It's a whole class practice/learning activity that could be played as a game.