# Face Co-ordinates Game

There are numerous effective ways of practising using grid references and co-ordinates. This one is based on the game of battleships. However, unlike battleships, this game involves an element of luck (through the use of two specific dice). This additional element means that all children have a chance of winning.

You will need a traditional 1-6 dice and another showing the letters A to E; this can easily be made from a blank dice, or a spinner could be used instead. The players also need a handful of counters each.

There are two game-boards,* each with a grid of 36 faces. Thje first board, however has numeric grid references on the y axis and letters along the x axis. The second board has only numeric grid references.

The children take it in turns to roll the dice and place a counter on the board, the faces of the dice determine the co-ordinates where their counter can go.

Counters can be replaced if the space is already occupied.

For example, Alan, Bethany and Carl play the game using green, yellow and red counters. Alan rolls A2 and places his green counter accordingly.

Bethany now rolls D3 and places her yellow counter on the board.

When Carl rolls A2 he places his red counter there - replacing Alan's earlier counter.

Play continues until one player manages to create a square or a line four connected counters:

Alternative versions

• Use four dice, two A-E and two 1-6, players roll all four and choose which two to use when placing a counter.
• Players may not occupy a co-ordinate if it already contains a counter, instead they should roll again ... or ... miss a go!
• Use two 1-6 dice and the second game-board. On each roll, players may choose which dice to consider as the x axis and which the y axis.

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### A lovely resource. Great

A lovely resource. Great colour.  Could the facial expressions have more variety to inspire more talk?
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### awright53, That's a great

awright53,

That's a great idea... yes, I'll see what we can do. It would be useful to see more of the characters faces and a greater range of expressions. We'll get to the 'drawing board' asap.

Cheers.

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### Great resource - I use it

Great resource - I use it for one-to-one with children who are struggling with co-ordinates. They enjoy the 'game' element, and also like talking about the faces.
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### This is just what I need - a

This is just what I need - a different way to do co-ordinates that doesn't involve pirates and treasure islands - looks lovely and bright and will surely appeal to the children. Thanks
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### I have only ever made pirate

I have only ever made pirate coordinates before. These are really nice! The children can describe the faces too. Lots of opportunities for language.
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### My class will love this game!

My class will love this game! Great to reinforce coordinates.
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### Hi Thanks for this resource.

Hi Thanks for this resource. Our year two's are just about to start looking at this topic and this is a great way to get them started! I'll let you know how we get on with it!
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### Can't wait to use this to

Can't wait to use this to introduce ordered pairs! Thanks!
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### A great idea - nice, bright,

A great idea - nice, bright, colourful and fun.
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### Yes, this maths activity has

Yes, this maths activity has proven to be very popular. I know many teachers who are using it as part of an interactive mathematics display and/or as a free choice maths activity. One teacher told us it was a big hit with parents at a recent open-evening maths event... so we are all especially proud of that!

We are currently looking at a slightily modified version that was suggested by one of our partnership teachers. Watch this space.

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### I totally love this - perfect

I totally love this - perfect way to start topic of co-ordinates!  Great for all ability too!
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### This is what I needed!

This is what I needed! Hurray!
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### My class have loved playing

My class have loved playing this game and it has helped them gain a solid understanding of co-ordinates. Thanks for another great resource.
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### My class have loved playing

My class have loved playing this game and it has helped then gain a solid understanding of co-ordinates. Thanks for another great resource.
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### You dont know how long I have

You dont know how long I have been looking for this! Great idea and very colourful! Thank you!
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### Used this with my year 5

Used this with my year 5 class. They enjoyed it. We adapted the rules and played guess who type activity and the children played new hgames challenging each other further. Thanks.
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### Good to hear your class

Good to hear your class enjoyed using this - and I love the 'guess who' idea. Thanks for sharing.

John

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### Ingenius!

Ingenius!
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### Excellent resource. Nice to

Excellent resource. Nice to find a co ordinates game not based on pirates for a change. This will fit loads of other topics.

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### Yeah, I forgot about pirates

Yeah, I forgot about pirates and buried treasure! I also heard recently that pirate treasure maps are 100% myth in any case. Apparently pirates never saved (buried) treasure - they were too busy spending it.
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### I like it. It is a fun way

I like it. It is a fun way for children to begin to understand fractions. Although it can lead to problems when children are plotting intersections and not boxes.
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### Thanks for your comment, I

Thanks for your comment, I guess you're talking about 'co-ordinates' rather than fractions. But, yes, you are right, this activity does focus on plotting the spaces between the intersections, but it is intended to be an initial activity. True, grid co-ordinates should come later, and are a very different animal.
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### another great way to make it

another great way to make it interesting...
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### Great a superb idea to revise

Great a superb idea to revise co-ordinates with my classs before QCA week
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### Can't wait to try this out.

Can't wait to try this out. Have done a few similar games but I know my class will love the face pictures.
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### Looking forward to trying

Looking forward to trying this. Also great for developing turn-taking...
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### This is a really great

This is a really great resource. Can't wait to try it!
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### This is a great resource.

This is a great resource. Not only can I use it to help the children learn co-ordinates, and the game sounds good fun, it will be great for developing their language skills, if used to develop their word bank of adjectives in describing each characters (this one has red hair, this one wears glasses, this one is metallic etc). Really like it, thank you.
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### That's a great idea... I

That's a great idea... I really like it. Thank you for the comments and for sharing.
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### This looks like a great way

This looks like a great way to practice co-ordinates thanks.
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