Inspired by nature | KS2 | Year 4 | Grammar

Proofreading: Darwin’s bark spider

Learning Objective

We are learning how to  proofread for spelling, punctuation and grammar errors.

 Context: Darwin’s bark spider

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p036mx5r/player

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Credit: BBC One - The Hunt

Clip Description

The Darwin’s bark spider is a true record breaker. It is able to weave webs that are over two metres in diameter (the largest orb webs in the world). Furthermore, this particular arachnid’s web is made from silk that is twice as strong as the silk of any other spider species. It is the toughest natural fibre on the  planet; scientists have discovered that it is tougher than steel!

In this fascinating clip, we are shown how a bark spider is able to construct her web over a river. First, she must spray a 25 metre-long bridging line of silk from one side of the river to the other. Only then will she be able to construct her orb web, which will be suspended from this line. Why doesn’t her first attempt go to plan? Watch the clip to find out.

Word Challenge

See if you create a list of alliterative phrases that describe the bark spider featured in the clip.

e.g. magical mini beast, web weaver, spectacular spider,…