Resource of the Week: Easter co-ordinates for Year 4

As we move towards Easter it is always fun to have some maths linked to the time of year.

There are several important aspects to this page. Firstly the axes are numbered rather than the spaces. This is an important step as the conventions of using co-ordinates come into play. It is important to show how co-ordinates are written:

e.g. (3, 1)

Brackets are always placed around the co-ordinates, with the numbers separated by a comma. The position (3, 1) means 3 along and 1 up, which in this case takes you to the pink rabbit (and not the rabbit holding the basket of eggs).

The grid can be used for further work: e.g.

1.ask how you can move along the lines to go from one point to another (2 along and 1 up)

2. Draw more features at the points and ask where they are positioned.

3. Ask child to draw an egg at a certain point etc.

This can be found in the Year 4 Shape category.

Thanks to for allowing me to use it.

Easter coordinates

Position and direction maths worksheet

Here we have a worksheet that takes an early look at position and direction on a grid. Firstly note that whilst the North arrow is showing the rest of the points of the compass are not showing, so it would be a good idea to go over these before attempting this page.

The second thing to note is that it is the squares rather than the lines which are numbered/lettered. The usual convention of reading along the horizontal axis and then the vertical axis applies.

The third thing to note is that each move is made from the position last reached and not reverting back to the start.

The theme is an Easter one, so March/April would be an ideal time for this.

Thanks to for letting me use this page from their selection of Easter maths activities.

This worksheet can be found in the Year 3 Shape category.

Easter: position and direction