Number (patterns): Hungry Bear

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 and identifying patterns.

Useful prior knowledge:

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

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Credit: BBC One - Animals Unexpected

Clip Description

In 2022, the global human population reached 8 billion. Due to the need to feed and house this huge population, plants and animals have been squeezed into smaller and smaller spaces. Sadly, this has caused a decline in many species, and in some cases, their extinction. Others have managed to survive by adapting and living side-by-side with humans.

In this fascinating clip, several wild animals can be seen participating in a lifestyle normally associated with humans. The stars of the clip include a moose enjoying a dip in an outdoor swimming pool, a fox bouncing on a trampoline and a black bear lazing around in a hammock!

Quick Whiteboard Challenge

When the weather grows cold and the food supply finally dries up, a black bear will retreat to its winter den. Inside the den, it will enter a deep sleep called the hibernation period.

A male black bear started its hibernation period on the 20th December and finished it on the 20th March.

How many days did the black bear hibernate for? 

Is this more than one solution? How do you know?