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4 - Writing Ideas

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Writing Ideas

  • Imagine you are a mandarin duckling who has just made an amazing leap from a nesting tree. Was it exciting or terrifying? Write a diary entry that explains how you felt before, during and after the experience.
  • Mandarin ducks are fascinating birds with a really interesting history. Write a factfile about them that includes their appearance, diet, habitat and how adults teach their young to fly.
  • Male mandarin ducks perform elaborate dances to attract females. Research these displays and then imagine you are David Attenborough recording one of his programmes. Describe the colours, movements and actions of the routine in a way that is fascinating for the audience.

Related Clip

A female mandarin duck keeps her eggs warm with a duvet of feathers.

Credit: BBC Two – Springwatch