Formal language: blue whale

4 - Writing Ideas

Inspired by Nature Worksheet

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Writing Ideas

  • Watch the related clip below. Write a question and answer interview with Steve Backshall that could appear in a wildlife magazine. The interview should capture Steve’s excitement after seeing the helicopter’s ‘bird’s eye’ footage of a blue whale.
  • Read Claire’s poem about the blue whale. Discuss what you like about it and anything new you have learnt about blue whales from it. Now see if you can write your own free verse poem about this record-breaking mammal.
  • Blue whales, like all whale species, face a number of threats in addition to ship strikes and noise pollution by ship engines. Find out what these threats are, and then, through the power of words, create a poster that will draw attention to them.

Related Clip

When a blue whale is spotted live on air, Steve Backshall’s interview is cut short.

Credit: BBC One – Big Blue Live