Inspired by nature | KS2 | Year 5 | Grammar

Semi-colons: Cassowary

Learning Objective

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

Context: cassowary

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07tcp67/player

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Credit: BBC One - Seven Worlds, One Planet

Clip Description

The only bird heavier than the southern cassowary is the ostrich. This powerful, flightless bird is capable of inflicting serious injury. With a 10 cm dagger-like claw on each foot, it can slice open any predator or potential threat with a single kick. For this reason, the cassowary is commonly labelled as “the world’s most dangerous bird.”

In this fascinating clip, a cassowary chick is alone in one of Australia’s prehistoric rainforests. It is extremely vulnerable, as there are many dangers lurking in the undergrowth. Snakes, spiders, lizards and birds of prey all pose a grave threat to the chick. Will it reach the safety of its protective father? Watch the clip to find out.

Word Challenge

Listen carefully to the noises of the prehistoric rainforest. Can you describe the sounds that were being made by the variety of animals featured in the clip? Try to use some onomatopoeic words. (These are words that mimic the sounds they are describing).
e.g. screeching, booming, rustling, …