In this activity, students learn the cardinal points of the compass. They also learn how to use the Sun and star constellations – the Southern Cross and the Pointers – to identify the cardinal compass points.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • recall the cardinal compass points
  • explain how the compass points relate to the South and North Poles
  • use the rising or setting Sun to determine east and west (and therefore north and south)
  • locate the Southern Cross
  • use the Southern Cross and the Pointers to locate the Southern Celestial Pole (SCP)
  • use the Southern Cross to determine compass points and therefore direction.

Download the Word file (see link below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • student handout.
    Published 13 November 2014