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Practise Translating Points Involving Two Movements

In this worksheet, students will describe movements between positions as translations of a given unit to the left/right and up/down.

'Practise Translating Points Involving Two Movements' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 4 Maths worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Geometry: Position and Direction

Curriculum subtopic:   Describe Movements of Position

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

In this activity, we will be learning how to describe movements on a coordinate grid.


Points can be shifted on a grid by moving them left or right and/or up or down.

This is called translating a point.

In maths, translate means shift or move.


Look at this diagram, showing points A, B, C and D on a set of x and y-coordinate axes.




A can be translated to B by shifting it 5 squares up.


We sometimes do two movements when we do a translation:

A can be translated to C by shifting it 5 squares to the right and 7 up.


We can write this in shorthand as R5 U7


Let's try a question together. 



How can B be translated to D?



If we look carefully at the grid, we can see that B could be moved to D by shifting it 1 square to the left and 2 squares up.

The instruction would be L1 U2


Now it's time to try some questions like this yourself. 


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