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Move Shapes on a Grid

In this worksheet, students will build their understanding of simple translation of shapes on a grid by following instructions.

'Move Shapes on a Grid' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 6 Maths worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Geometry: Position and Direction

Curriculum subtopic:   Draw/Translate Shapes

Popular topics:   Geometry worksheets

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Worksheet Overview

In this activity, we will learn how to move a shape on a grid following instructions.


We need to be able to read and plot coordinates on a grid where there are both positive and negative numbers. 


When reading and plotting coordinates, remember:

Step 1: Read across the x-axis

Step 2: Read up or down the y-axis


Let's try an example question together. 



Translate this triangle five units to the right and three units down.


Triangle on grid



  We need to move the shape corner by corner and then draw the new triangle.

Each of the three points of the triangle will move five places right and three places down.

When the points are drawn together in the new position, the new orientation of the triangle will become obvious.


Translated triangle


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

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