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Fractions of quantities: L1: unexpected guests

1 - Learning Objective

Learning Objective

  • We are learning how to solve problems that involve finding unit fractions (halves, thirds and quarters) of a set of objects.

Context: African wildlife and the Zambezi River


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Credit: BBC Two - Earth's Great Rivers II

Clip Description

The Zambezi River can be found in southern Africa. It’s name means ‘Big River’ and it is known for its spectacular waterfall called Victoria Falls. The river starts in the highlands of Zambia and flows eastwards for 3,540 km before emptying into the Indian Ocean.

In this fascinating clip, we are shown inside a safari lodge. Here, visitors (who want to see the wonderful wildlife in around the Zambezi River) are able to have food and shelter. However, the lodge doesn’t just attract humans! Which unexpected guests do you think we’ll see? Watch the clip to find out.

Quick Number Challenge

The Nile River is the longest river in Africa. It is 6,650 km long.

Jibril said, “I think that the Nile River is twice as long as the Zambezi River.”

Do you agree with Jibril? How do you know?