Number (multiplication and division): Flashing Fireflies

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 knowledge and skills of number, multiplication and division.

Useful prior knowledge:

  • To recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12

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Credit: BBC Two - Japan: Earth's Enchanted Islands

Clip Description

A firefly is a remarkable beetle that can produce light inside its own body. This superpower is called bioluminescence. Whilst the larvae of fireflies glow to warn predatars that they are inedible, adults use flashes of light to communicate with each other.

In this fascinating clip, children living on the island of Honshu (Japan) marvel at the light show created by fireflies as they emerge from the darkness in search of a mate. How close will the children get to these remarkable insects? Watch the clip to find out.

Quick Whiteboard Challenge

(Question) How many legs does a firefly have?

(Answer) Like all insects, fireflies have 6 jointed legs.

Can you think of some more questions where 6 is the answer?

Can you think of a question that no one else will have thought of?