# Learning By Topic KS2: Red Kites and Squirrels and Mathematics

Over a week, every time you are out and about, tally how many red kites and squirrels you see. Now plot the results on a graph; a different graph for each animal (you can chose which type of graph you would like to record your results on).

Create a number code for the alphabet (e.g. a =1 b=2 be a bit more adventurous than this example) write your theme words using this code – can anyone crack your codes?!

Now ask an adult to write some addition, subtraction, multiplication and division sums in this code. Can you decode these and then solve them?

Look up the wingspan of a red kite and then look up the wingspan of a larger bird of prey. Find the difference.

What is the average lifespan of a red kite?  What is the average lifespan of a red squirrel? Record these in years, then convert to months and then days. Extension: convert to hours and then minutes.

Since the introduction of grey squirrels, the UK population of red squirrels has dropped from approximately 3.5 million to around 140 000.

Record this as a difference.

-What is 140 000 as a percentage to the original 3.5 million figure? Convert the percentage to a fraction and a decimal.