Wild 4 maths

Wild 4 Maths enables Upper Key Stage 2 students to apply maths skills to a real-life context. With a focus on Asiatic lions, this session explores how we use maths in our conservation work at the Zoo and out in the field. Students will learn about different conservation careers and will work in groups to tackle maths challenges related to those job roles. Students will be able to take their work away with them so they can further manipulate the data they have collected back at school.

 

London Zoo schools session
London Zoo schools session

 

Age group:  Years 5 & 6 (Upper KS2, ages 9-11)

Duration: 50 minutes

Capacity: 35 pupils

Learning Space: Lions Learning Space

Please note this session does not involve teaching maths skills; the focus is on applying skills learnt in the classroom to a real life situation. The students will apply the following maths skills in the session:

  • Using the four operations to solve problems
  • Solving problems involving the calculation of percentages
  • Weighing and measuring objects from the natural world
  • Using the following units of measurement: centimetre (cm), metre (m); gram (g) and kilogram (kg)
  • Completing, reading and interpreting information in tables
  • Building and interpreting pie charts and bar graphs
  • Calculating and interpreting the mean as an average

 

Key stage relevant (National Curriculum/Syllabus) links:

 

Year 5 programme of study

Numbers

  • multiply and divide numbers mentally, drawing upon known facts
  • recognise the percent symbol (%) and understand that percent relates to ‘number of parts per hundred’, and write percentages as a fraction with denominator 100, and as a decimal

Measurement

  • convert between different units of metric measure (for example, kilometre and metre; centimetre and metre; centimetre and millimetre; gram and kilogram; litre and millilitre)
  • use all four operations to solve problems involving measure [for example, length, mass, volume, money] using decimal notation, including scaling.

Statistics

  • complete, read and interpret information in tables, including timetables

 

Year 6 programme of study

Numbers

  • use their knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations involving the four operations
  • solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why
  • solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • solve problems involving the calculation of percentages [for example, of measures, and such as 15% of 360] and the use of percentages for comparison
  • solve problems involving unequal sharing and grouping using knowledge of fractions and multiples.

Statistics

  • interpret and construct pie charts and line graphs and use these to solve problems
  • calculate and interpret the mean as an average

 

Intended learning outcomes:

 

Pupils will be able to:

  • Apply mathematical skills in a real life context (by solving problems relating to Asiatic lion conservation)
  • State at least one way in which maths can be used in Asiatic lion conservation
  • Name at least one career path in Asiatic lion conservation
  • State one way that this job helps conserve Asiatic lions

 

For this session:

 

Before your visit:

  • Watch this video to find out more about how ZSL are helping protect the endangered Asiatic lion: http://www.zsl.org/support-us/zsls-asiatic-lions-campaign
  • Help your students to start thinking about how maths is applied in a Zoo environment. Make a mind map as a class about how people at the Zoo may use maths in their work.
  • See pictures of the Land of the Lions development, which opened in March 2016: http://www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo/exhibits/land-of-the-lions. What maths do you think was involved in building this enclosure?
  • Review the skills they will be applying in the session to ensure they are familiar with them:
  • Using the four operations to solve problems
  • Solving problems involving the calculation of percentages
  • Weighing and measuring objects from the natural world
  • Using the following units of measurement: cm, m, g & kg
  • Completing, reading and interpreting information in tables
  • Building and interpreting pie charts and bar graphs
  • Calculating and interpreting the mean as an average

 

While at the Zoo:

  • As you go around the Zoo look and see how much maths you can find and where. Look at the animal enclosures, the animals themselves, the information signs around the Zoo. What maths questions can you generate? What maths answers can you find? What maths skills are needed?

 

Post-visit resources:

  • Students will be able to take their worksheets away with them and a copy of the challenge questions will be given to the teacher to manipulate the data they have collected back at school.