Contributor lessons: Vole's Journey

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 frequency tables and logical thinking.

Useful Prior Knowledge:

  • To read and interpret frequency tables

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Credit: BBC Two - Big Little Journeys

Clip Description

Water voles are known for their excellent swimming abilities, and they are often found in aquatic habitats such as rivers, streams, ponds, and marshes.

In this fascinating clip, a water vole finds itself crossing a Scottish loch. Despite being a good swimmer, it is unusal to find a water vole crossing such a large body of open water, especially when there are so many dangers lurking above and below the water’s surface. What might these dangers be? Watch the clip to find out.

Quick Whiteboard Challenge

Water voles are capable swimmers. They can swim at a speed of about 1.5 kilometres per hour.

How long would it take a water vole to swim across a loch with a length of 2 km? 

Compare your workng out to a partner’s. What was the same? What was different?