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Translations on Coordinate Axes

In this worksheet, students translate shapes on a coordinate grid.

'Translations on Coordinate Axes' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 4 11+ worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Maths and Numerical Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   2D Shapes: Triangles, Quadrilaterals and Polygons

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Worksheet Overview

Look at the following L-shapes drawn on xy-coordinate axes.

Translations L-shapes


Shape A has been translated, or shifted, to land on Shape B.

This has been done by moving each point 5 squares to the right and 2 squares up.


Look at the corner at (-1, -5).

Add 5 to the x-coordinate to get -1 + 5 = 4

Add 2 to the y-coordinate to get -5 + 2 = -3

This gives the corner of the translated point at (4, -3).


Notice that in translations, the shapes are not rotated or reflected. 


They stay the same way up, but are just in a different place on the grid.




Look at the triangles on this coordinate grid.

Translations triangles


On which triangle does Triangle B land when it is translated:

3 squares to the right and 1 square up




Move each corner of Triangle B 3 squares to the right and 1 square up and it will land on:

Triangle C

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