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Contributor lessons: Hungry Hornbills

1 - Learning Objective

Challenge Level ⭐⭐⭐

(designed for children with prior knowledge of the Year 5 and Year 6 programme of study)

Learning Objective

We are learning how to solve a natural world problem by using and applying our skills and knowledge of number and multiplication

Useful Prior Knowledge:

  • To multiply 2-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers
  • To convert units of measurement


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Credit: BBC One - Planet Earth III

Clip Description

Hornbills are tropical birds. They are easily identifiable by their unusually large, curved bills (beaks). The bills of many hornbill species aere adorned with a large casque, a hollow structure made from keratin that amplifies the bird’s vocal calls.

Nesting is a dangerous time for any bird. Some birds rely on camouflaging themselves, some species camouflage their eggs, and some nest near protector species. But what technique do some species of hornbill employ? Watch the clip to find out.

Quick Whiteboard Challenge

An oriental pied hornbill mother will incubate her eggs for a period of around 28 days.

How long is this incubation period in months?

How long is this incubation period in hours?