Column addition 5: Ingenious Ants

1 - Learning Objective

Learning Objective

We are learning how to add numbers with more than 4 digits using the formal written method of column addition (more than one exchange).

Context: Ingenious Ants

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Credit: BBC Two - Life On Planet Ant

Clip Description

Worldwide, there are over 12,000 different ant species, and they can be found living on every continent except for Antarctica. They are extremely strong, with a single ant being able to carry an object that is 50 times its own body weight. This is equivalent to a human carrying an African elephant!

In this fascinating clip, we learn how leaf cutter ants (like all ant species) are super organised. Each ant has a clearly defined role such as protecting the colony, collecting leaves or using the leaves to grow food.

Whiteboard Number Challenge

We have learnt that there are 12,000 different ant species living on the planet.

Can you use your knowledge of the 12 times table to write down the 12,000 times table?