Inspired by nature | KS2 | Year 6 | Grammar

Parenthesis: sardine

Learning Objective

We are learning how to use brackets, dashes and commas to indicate parenthesis.

Context: sardine

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p037zl4t/player

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Credit: BBC One - The Hunt

Clip Description

Many shops and supermarkets sell tinned sardines. These oily fish (of which there are 18 different species) are named after the island of Sardinia, where they were once abundant. Small, silvery and elongated, sardines congregate in vast schools, feeding on plankton as they travel along the coastlines of both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

A fishy feast – sounds delicious? Not if you are a fish! Imagine being invited to dinner because you ARE the dinner! In this fascinating clip, a school of sardines are under attack from a range of predators. Seals and shearwaters (deep diving birds) are picking off sardines as they dart about, twisting into tighter and tighter shoals. What do you think will happen when a copper shark appears on the scene? Watch the clip to find out.

Word Challenge

The movement of the fleeing sardines is so incredible – almost hypnotic! There are lots of interesting ways you could describe this. What interesting adjectives, verbs, adverbs, similes or metaphors can you come up with?

e.g. a shimmering mass, a silver bait ball, a frenzy of escapees, …