Statistics (pictograms, bar charts & line graphs): The Wormery

1 - Learning Objective

Learning Objective

We are learning how to solve a natural world problem by using and applying our skills and knowledge of statistics and bar charts.

Useful Prior Knowledge:

  • To interpret and present data using bar charts

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Credit: BBC Scotland - Beechgrove

Clip Description

With no eyes, five hearts and the ability to breathe through its skin, the earthworm is a truly remarkable creature. Earthworms make soil good enough to grow healthy plants and are a valuable source of protein for many different types of animal.

In this fascinating clip, we are shown the different parts of a wormery. A wormery is a special container that is full of earthworms and food waste. Inside a wormery, worms break down the food waste (such as vegetable peelings, tea bags and egg shells), turning it into compost. This compost can then be used by gardeners to help their plants grow. What is worm juice used for? Watch the clip to find out.

Quick Whiteboard Challenge

With around 6,000 species worldwide, earthworms can be found on every continent except for Antarctica. Earthworm species can vary greatly in length. The Australian giant Gippsland earthworm is one of the largest earthworms on the planet. It can reach up to 3 m in length!

Around how much longer than you is a giant Gippsland earthworm?