Number (place value): Fairy Rings

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, place value and addition.

Useful prior knowledge:

  • To count in multiples of 3, 4 and 5
  • To identify odd and even numbers
  • To add and subtract 1-digit and 2-digit numbers

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Credit: BBC One - Planet Earth II

Clip Description

Mushrooms and toadstools are neither plants or animals. They belong to the kingdom of fungi. Unlike plants, mushrooms and toadstools do not require sunlight to grow. Instead, they get their nutrition from close-by plants or animals that may be dead or alive. The main parts of these fungi are hidden from view and consist of root-like structures beneath the ground. The umbrella-like fleshy fruits that we see can sometimes be eaten, though many are highly poisonous.

In this fascinating clip, we are introduced to a variety of mushrooms and toadstools that are growing in the darkness on the floor of a jungle. The fungi come in all shapes, sizes and colours.Do you think it is possible for fungi to glow in the dark? Watch the clip to find out.

Quick Whiteboard Challenge

In the clip, we learn that fungi release millions of microscopic seed-like spores into the air. A million is a huge number!

What is the biggest number that you can write down in digits and say out loud?