Inspired by nature | KS2 | Year 4 | Maths

Investigations & Problem-solving: Rabbit Island

1 - Learning Objective

Learning Objective

We are learning how to solve a natural world problem by using and applying our skills and knowledge of number (including the identification of number bonds to 100).

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02glpjk/player

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Credit: BBC Two - Nature's Weirdest Events

Clip Description

Cute, adorable, fluffy, carrot-munching and hopping mad are just some of the words often associated with rabbits. However, did you know that they frequently eat their own poop? Although this may sound disgusting, doing so enables a rabbit to absorb the nutrients from its food that were missed the first time around.

In this fascinating clip, we discover that there is an island in Japan called Okunoshima, which is home to hundreds of wild rabbits. Wild rabbits are normally shy creatures, who are constantly on high alert for danger (as many predators find them irresistible). However, the wild rabbits of Okunoshima are anything but shy. They are extremely bold and will often chase the tourists that flock to the islands to see them. Why do you think this is? Watch the clip to find out.

Whiteboard Number Challenge

A wild cottontail rabbit had 3 litters of babies in the second year of her life and 3 litters of babies in the third and final year of her life. The number of babies in each litter are shown in the table below. 

How many babies did this female wild rabbit have in her lifetime?