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Location Maths Investigation - Blackbeard's Bounty

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 7 pages | Years: 3 - 4

A mathematics investigation about location, embedded in a real-world context.

This open-ended mathematics investigation has been designed to deepen students’ understanding of location.

In this investigation, the students imagine that they are a famous pirate living in the year 1700. During a recent expedition in the Caribbean, they have managed to obtain a map (and accompanying set of directions) leading to the infamous ‘Blackbeard’s Bounty’ – a treasure filled with riches beyond any pirate’s wildest dreams!

The students must create a comprehensive map of the island where Blackbeard’s Bounty is buried, write a list of numbered directions from a starting point on the island to the treasure’s location, then swap their map and list of directions with a friend. Hopefully, their directions will accurately lead to the treasure!

This teaching resource includes:

  • teacher notes, detailing a range of important information about the investigation
  • a detailed description of the investigation for students, including step-by-step instructions
  • brainstorming worksheet
  • grid paper (for the map)
  • scroll (for the directions)
  • reflection questions.


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  • Emma

    Recently did this activity with a group of year 3/4 students who are usually very distracted. They were all engaged with the task, and it occupied them for a large amount of the afternoon. Great resource!

    • Kristian

      Hi Emma, Thank you for your lovely comment. I am so glad you are enjoying our resources.