Inspired by nature | KS2 | Year 3 | Grammar

Extending sentences with when, if, because, although: echidna

1 - Learning Objective

Learning Objective

We are learning how to extend sentences using a wider range of conjunctions including if, because, when and although.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p074qv4b/player

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Credit: BBC Two - Natural World

Clip Description

The Echidna (e-kid-na) is closely related to the platypus. With a body covered in both hair and spines, a snout-like beak and a smiling face, this spiky, egg-laying mammal can be found waddling around its habitat in Tasmania.

In this fascinating clip, we see one cheeky-faced echidna swim across a fast-flowing river in search of its favourite food – ants. But why are these tasty treats creating a problem for our hairy friend? Watch the clip to find out.

Discuss the meaning of each word highlighted in bold.

Word Challenge

In the clip, an echidna can be seen swimming and walking. Can you think of some alternative words (synonyms) to describe these actions?

e.g. (walking) waddled, plodded, … (swimming) paddled, crawled, …