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The school delivery

Use this task to assess language the student uses to describe position, direction and pathways in familiar environments.

Position and location: Year 4 – planning tool

This planning resource for Year 4 is for the topic of Position and location. Students create and interpret simple grid maps. Location on these informal maps can be represented by grid references. They understand that a grid reference identifies a region on a map.

My town

Students use everyday language to give directions, follow directions to locate positions on maps, and draw plans from a bird’s-eye view.

Grid Games - Calculate

This game, played in on a grid on the classroom floor, challenges students to develop directional language and use coordinates to locate places on a grid. The instructions include multiple variations on the game which focus on different aspects of location and direction concepts.

Mystery Picture - Calculate

This activity asks students to follow directions and use grid coordinates to create a picture.

Maps Year 3 & 4 - Calculate

The focus of this activity is to encourage students to use trial and error and persistence to solve a mathematical problem.

For the Juniors: Drawing a floor plan

How do we know what a house will look like before it is built? Discover how house plans work by looking at the design of a house that Hugo's family is going to build. See how a floor plan shows the room layout. See drawings of what the house will look like from different views.

Finding Farms

This is a teacher resource containing a series of inquiry teaching sequences about life on farms in Australia. It contains material to assist the planning, implementing and assessing a study of five primary industry sectors involved in food and fibre production. The tasks in this resource are based around illustrated maps ...

Stateline: Orienteering: using a map and compass

Orienteering requires knowledge of directions, an ability to read a map and the use of a magnetic compass. Find out about the basics of orienteering.

Taronga Zoo - Rainforest heroes: iPad app

This iPad app provides an experience of Taronga Zoo's stunning Wild Asia rainforest trail. Guided by volunteer researcher Heidi Greentree and a GPS map, students create a PDF field report using the photographs they have taken, observations made and information collected. This can be emailed for further research and discussion ...

Rainforest: make a walking track

Mark the route for a walking track on a map of a rainforest. Choose a section of track based on instructions about distances, compass directions and grid references. Keep adding sections of track to get to the rest house. As you go, look up the meaning of tricky words.

Rainforest: use a grid map

Use grid references to find places on a map. Follow instructions to find four locations. As you go, look up the meaning of tricky words.

Rainforest: use compass points

Use compass points and a scale to find places on a map. Understand abbreviations such as N, W, SW and E. Follow instructions to find four locations. As you go, look up the meaning of tricky words.