Inspired by nature | KS2 | Year 6 | Grammar

Figurative language: whooper swan

Learning Objective

We are learning how to use and identify figurative language.

Context: whooper swan

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03pq96z/player

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Credit: BBC One - Life in the Air

Clip Description

Since ancient times, swans have been associated with tranquility and nobility. They have featured in stories and myths around the world and have inspired poets, philosophers, composers and artists with their beauty and strength. Of the six species of swan, those found in the northern hemisphere have a pure white plumage. In the southern hemisphere, swans (like the Australian black swan) have a mixture of black and white feathers.

In this captivating clip, we see how a whooper swan is able to take to the air from the water despite its impressive size. There are many similarities between the swan’s take off and that of an aeroplane lifting off a runway. What do think these similarities are? Watch the clip to find out.

Word Challenge

Can you list some adjectives that best describe the appearance of the whooper swan featured in the film clip? Try to include some hyphenated adjectives in your list

e.g. majestic, long-necked, snow-white, elegant, …