Lesson Plan: Drawing and Measuring Bearings Mathematics

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to draw and measure bearings.


Students will be able to

  • understand that bearings are measured clockwise from the north and are given as three figures,
  • understand the relationship between bearings and compass points,
  • read off a simple bearing in a diagram,
  • read off a simple bearing in a diagram by subtracting a given angle from 360,
  • distinguish the bearing of 𝐵 from 𝐴 from the bearing of 𝐴 from 𝐵,
  • use the bearing of 𝐵 from 𝐴 to work out the bearing of 𝐴 from 𝐵,
  • solve more complex problems, such as interpreting a word problem to identify a correct bearing or filling in missing angles in a diagram and using them to work out a bearing.


Students should already be familiar with

  • measuring angles with a protractor,
  • simple angle facts and properties.


Students will not cover

  • drawing scale diagrams.

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