Inspired by nature | KS2 | Year 6 | Grammar

Colons for lists: flying fish

Learning Objective

We are learning how to use a colon to introduce a list.

Context: flying fish

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p037zhrw/player

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Credit: BBC One - The Hunt

Clip Description

Flying fish are one of the ocean’s most interesting species. As their name suggests, they have the exceptional ability to ‘soar’ above the water away from ocean-going predators. Their elongated pectoral fins have the appearance of the wings seen on flying birds. These modified fins give them the lift that is needed for their bodies to take to the air. Incredibly, the strongest flyers can span distances of 180 metres.

In this fascinating clip, flying fish are desperate to escape the cavernous mouths of dorado fish in the sea. However, whilst their ability to soar above the water gives the flying fish the ‘upper hand’, further danger comes from the beaks of predators, who are waiting in the sky. Will these vulnerable flying fish find the right balance and survive the predator race? Watch the clip to find out.

Word Challenge

Re-watch the clip and make a list of verbs and accompanying adverbs to describe how the flying fish moved through both the water and the air.

e.g. torpedoed silently, soared gracefully, flew frantically, …