Inspired by nature | KS2 | Year 3 | Grammar

Determiners (‘a’ or ‘an’): money spider

1 - Learning Objective

Learning Objective

We are learning how to identify and use the correct determiner, ‘a’ or ‘an’, before a word.

Context: money spider

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05bc7t7/player

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Credit: BBC One - Super Small Animals

Clip Description

‘Money spider’ is the name given to around 250 tiny spider species that can be found in the UK. The name ‘money spider’ comes from a belief that if one should land on you, you will be blessed with good luck and fortune!  Elsewhere in the world they are called sheet weavers. This is because they spin flat, sheet-like silk webs.

In this fascinating clip, an elegant money spider glides gracefully across the water’s surface using the wind to propel it forward. Why does this tiny arachnid not sink into the water? Watch the clip to find out.

Discuss the meaning of each word highlighted in bold.

Word Challenge

Can you make a list of words and phrases that describe how the money spider moved across the water’s surface at different points in the clip?

e.g. glided gracefully, drifted, …