Moorlands Primary School



 Can I understand and use 8 points of the compass?

Have you ever had to give someone directions? How easy was it?


The world is a big place and learning how to get from one place to another using a compass will help you feel more confident about being outdoors. Understanding a compass will help you have a good sense of direction, a useful ability for skills in later life like driving.

The compass was invented almost 2,000 years ago. The first compasses were made of lodestone, a naturally magnetized ore of iron, in Han dynasty China between 300 and 200 BC. The compass was later used for navigation by the Song Dynasty.Later compasses were made of iron needles, magnetized by striking them with a lodestone. Dry compasses begin appearing around 1300 in Medieval Europe and the Medieval Islamic world. This was replaced in the early 20th century by the liquid-filled magnetic compass.


1)  Label a compass with letters

2) Write an explanation of what each letter stands for.

3) Read information about how to use a compass

4) Look at the map and write a set of directions to help the dragon find the treasure. See the example below:

Directions to the treasure

Move 5 squares east, then 1 square north. Next move 3 squares northeast, and 4 squares south. Finally move 1 square west and 4 squares south east.


Why not try the Little Inventors Victorian Invention task? See below for a range of activities and a presentation. 


  • What is an invention? 
  • Why do we need inventions? 
  • What can we learn from inventions from the past?
  • What do you know about the industrial revolution?
  • Can you name some inventions from Victorian times?
  • What do you think of some of the Victorian invention images shown?

When you have finished consider:

  • What do you think of your invention?
  • What would you do differently?
  • Can you imagine other people using your inventions?
  • What would they say?
  • What other ideas or challenges can you think of?
  • What would the Victorians think of your invention?