Number (addition and subtraction): Smart Squirrels

1 - Learning Objective

Challenge level ⭐

(designed for children with prior knowledge of the Year 3 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 addition.

Useful prior knowledge:

  • To add 3 or more one-digit numbers

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Credit: BBC Two - Natural World

Clip Description

There are three main types of squirrel: ground squirrels, tree squirrels and flying squirrels. The smallest is the tiny African pygmy squirrel, which is only 10 cm long. The biggest, the Indian giant squirrel, can grow up to 1 m in length. Squirrels are very intelligent creatures. Many squirrels plan for the winter months (when food is in short supply) by burying and storing nuts in the autumn. Their excellent memory and sense of smell help them to find their hidden treasure.

In this fascinating clip, a grey squirrel’s memory and intelligence has been put to the test. A human maze has been constructed and the hungry squirrel must find its way through if it is to win the prize – a tasty acorn. Will it succeed? Watch the clip to find out.

Quick Whiteboard Challenge

Can you write down the name of an item in your classroom that is about the same length as a pygmy squirrel and an item that is about the same length as an Indian giant squirrel?