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


  • 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


  • 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.


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


Year 6 programme of study


  • 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.


  • 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


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