Inspired by nature | KS2 | Year 3 | Grammar

Extending sentences with but, and, or: fire ant

1 - Learning Objective

Learning Objective

We are learning how to extend sentences using a wider range of conjunctions including and, but and or.

Context: fire ant

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p091vxjm/player

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Credit: BBC One - A Perfect Planet

Clip Description

Fire ants are named after their painful, burning sting. They are incredibly strong and able to carry things that are ten times heavier than their own body weight. These well-organised insects have an amazing ability to work together for the common good of their entire colony.

In this fascinating clip, fire ants must evacuate their flooded nest, deep in a Peruvian rainforest. Incredibly, they manage to escape unharmed, with their precious queen and larvae, by forming a raft with their own bodies. Why does the living raft stay afloat? Watch the clip to find out.

Discuss the meaning of each word highlighted in bold.

Word Challenge

An ant is an insect with three main body parts – a head, thorax and abdomen. Can you think of some words that are related to the clip and have three syllables? Present each word in the following way: