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# Place Value: Lesson 1: camels

## Learning Objective

We are learning how to read, write and represent numbers up to 1,000.

Context: camels

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03sl9ln/player

Credit: BBC Two - Natural World

## Clip Description

What do you call a camel with three humps? Humphrey! There is, of course, no such thing as a camel with three humps! There are Arabian camels with one hump and Bactrian camels with two humps. In both species, the humps are stores of fat that enable the camel to survive in its desert habitat without the need to drink or feed for weeks at a time.

Smelly, stubborn and grumpy are just some of the words that have been used to describe camels. In this fascinating clip, a man called Chris ‘Brolga’ Barns shows us that camels can also be affectionate and mischievous. Why do you think Brolga is looking after three camels? Watch the clip to find out.

## Quick Number Challenge

In the clip, we learnt that the largest camel, Cameron, had a mass of just over half a tonne. A metric tonne is the same as 1,000 kilograms.

What could Cameron’s mass be in kilograms?

How do you think your mass compares to Cameron’s mass?