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# Lesson Video: “In Front” and “Behind” Mathematics • First Year of Primary School

In this video, we will learn how to use the words “in front” and “behind” to describe the position of objects relative to each other.

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### Video Transcript

In Front and Behind

In this video, we’re going to learn how to use the words “in front” and “behind” to describe the position of things compared with each other. These two children are about to have a race. And they’re off. At the moment, we can say their position is side by side. They are beside or next to each other. These are all position words that mean the same thing. But what happens if the position of these children changes? The girl seems to be running a bit faster. Now, we can use the words “behind” and “in front” to describe where the children are compared with each other.

The word “behind” means at the back of something. The boy is behind the girl. He’s at the back of the girl. We use the words “in front” to describe when something is ahead of or further forward than something else. At the moment in the race, the girl is ahead of the boy. And so we can say the girl is in front of the boy. Is she going to win the race? Everything’s changed. The boy is now in front of or ahead of the girl. And the girl is at the back of or behind the boy. And so you can see how we can use the words “behind” and “in front” to describe the position of different objects or, in this case, different people.

But wait! What’s this? It’s Granny running for the bus. She looks pretty fast. She’s won. Granny is in front of everyone else. Both children are behind Granny. The next questions we’re going to look at don’t contain any speedy grannies. But they do contain some objects that we need to think about the position of. As we answer each question, let’s practice what we know about “in front” and “behind.”

Which picture shows that the child is behind the box?

In this question, we can see three pictures. In each of the pictures, there’s a girl and there’s a box. But the girl or the child in the picture is in a different position each time. We need to compare where the child is with where the box is because we’re looking for the picture that shows the child is behind the box. We use the word “behind” to describe the position of something. It really means at the back of. So we’re looking for a picture where the child is at the back of the box. Let’s look at the first picture.

What position word would we use to describe where the child is compared with the box? Well, she’s not behind the box, is she? She’s inside the box. The first picture isn’t the one we’re looking for. Does the second picture show the girl behind the box? No, she’s not at the back of the box. She’s in front of the box. So we’re only left with the last picture now. And we can see that yes, this time the child is behind the box. The correct answer is the one that shows the girl at the back of or behind the box.

Which picture shows that the cat is in front of the dog?

There are two characters in this question, a cat and a dog. And in the pictures underneath the question, we can see that they’re in different positions. If we read the question, we can see we’re being asked to find the picture where the cat is in front of the dog. Another way to think of the words “in front of” is ahead of or further forward than. We want to find the picture where the cat is ahead of the dog or a little bit further forward than the dog.

Now, when we’re asked a question like this, it’s really important that we read the question carefully. It asks us to find a picture where the cat is in front of the dog. Now, if those words were the other way around, we’d be looking for a completely different picture where the dog was in front of the cat. So it’s very important that we read the question carefully and understand what it’s asking us. We need to find where the cat is compared to the dog.

Let’s look at our first picture. Here’s the cat. Now, where is it compared to the dog? It’s next to the dog. We could say the cat is beside the dog. It’s not in front of the dog. We’d better look at our second picture. Here’s the cat. Where is it compared to the dog? Well, we can see that the cat is further forward than the dog; it’s ahead of the dog. It looks like this is our picture. The cat is in front of the dog. And if we check our final picture, we can see that we were right. In this picture, the cat is behind the dog. The picture we’re looking for is the one where the cat is ahead of or further forward than the dog. This picture shows that the cat is in front of the dog.

There are what carrots in front of the rabbit.

In the picture, we can see some carrots and a rabbit. And because these pictures are all in a line, it’s important that we understand where the front and the back of the rabbit is. We know that rabbits have got fluffy tails at the back. So this direction is the back of the rabbit or behind the rabbit. And where her front legs are pointing is the front of the rabbit. Now, if we look at our question, it’s a sentence with a missing number.

There are what carrots in front of the rabbit. Well, now that we’ve worked out the position of the front of the rabbit, we can count the carrots. One, two, three, four, five, six. There are six carrots in front of the rabbit. There’s only one carrot behind the rabbit, but we were asked for the number of carrots in front of the rabbit. Our missing number is six.

So what have we learned in this video? We’ve learned how to use the words “in front” and “behind” to describe the position of objects compared to each other.

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