Inspired by nature | KS2 | Year 6 | Grammar

Semi-colons: silver ants

Learning Objective

We are learning how to write sentences that use a semi-colon to mark a boundary between two main clauses.

Context: silver ant

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04523x0/player

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Credit: BBC One - Earth's Seasonal Secrets

Clip Description

Silver ants are true record breakers. Not only are they the fastest ants on the planet, but they are also able to thrive in one of the hottest places on earth – the Sahara Desert. While most Saharan creatures (including ant-eating lizards) escape the scorching midday sun by finding shade or burrowing deep into the sand, silver ants happily carry on with their daily duties of scavenging for food, even though temperatures can reach a sizzling 70 degrees celsius underfoot.

In this fascinating clip, we learn about the silver ant’s remarkable silver-haired body, and how its silvery hairs are the reason why it is able to scavenge for food in the full glare of the sun. However, even a silver ant will succumb to the Saharan furnace if its body temperature exceeds exactly 53.6 degrees Celsius. Will the silver ants in the clip be roasted alive as they seek their dinner? Watch the clip to find out.

Word Challenge

See if you can create a a temperature word cline with freezing at one end of your list and sweltering at the other.

e.g.  freezing, chilly, cold, nippy, …