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Bearings Starters:

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?

 

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Notes:

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.

The four main directions are known as the cardinal points. These are north (360°), east (090°), south (180°) and west (270°). The directions in between those are known as the half cardinal points and can be expressed as north-east (045°), south-east (135°), south-west (225°) and north west (315°).

The study of bearings in Mathematics provides a practical, real-life application of angles and geometry. It can provide a need for numerical calculations, scale drawing and estimation.

Bearings Teacher Resources:

Plane Bearings: A visual aid designed to help pupils estimate three figure bearings.

Bearings Activities:

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.

Bearings Videos:

Three Figure Bearings: A beginner's tutorial for measuring three figure compass bearings using a protractor.

Using a Compass: How to use your compass to take bearings with Ordnance Survey.

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