Number (addition and subtraction): Rabbit Island

1 - Learning Objective

Challenge level ⭐⭐

(designed for children with prior knowledge of the Year 3 and Year 4 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, addition and subtraction.

Useful prior knowledge:

  • To identify number bonds that total 100

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Credit: BBC Two - Nature's Weirdest Events

Clip Description

Cute, adorable, fluffy, carrot-munching and hopping mad are just some of the words often associated with rabbits.

In this fascinating clip, we discover that there is an island in Japan called Okunoshima, which is home to hundreds of wild rabbits. Wild rabbits are normally shy creatures, who are constantly on high alert for danger (as many predators find them irresistible). However, the wild rabbits of Okunoshima are anything but shy. They are extremely bold and will often chase the tourists that flock to the islands to see them. Why do you think this is? Watch the clip to find out.

Quick Whiteboard Challenge

A wild cottontail rabbit had 3 litters of kittens in the second year of her life and 3 litters of kittens in the third and final year of her life. The number of kittens in each litter is shown in the table below. 

How many kittens did this female wild rabbit have in her lifetime? 

With a partner, compare how you totalled the numbers.