Number (patterns): Monkey Thief

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 identifying patterns.

Useful prior knowledge:

  • To count in multiples of 4

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Credit: BBC One - Planet Earth II

Clip Description

Rhesus macaques are intelligent mammals that have learnt to live in a wide range of habitats such as grasslands, forests, mountain areas and cities. They tend to live in noisy troops which can have up to 200 members. Although they are good climbers (and swimmers), they spend much of their time on the ground.

In this fascinating clip, a band of rhesus macaques are being very mischievous in an Indian city called Jaipur. Despite stealing items of food and clothing, these old world monkeys are largely tolerated in India’s large cities as many people consider them to be sacred animals. Will we see the macaques damaging property? Watch the clip to find out.

Quick Whiteboard Challenge

A large troop of 200 rhesus macaques split into 3 smaller bands. Each band had fewer than 100 macaques and was a multiple of 10.

How many macaques might there have been in each of the smaller bands?

How many solutions can you find?