Inspired by nature | KS2 | Year 5 | Grammar

Subordinating conjunctions: Emperor penguin

Learning Objective

We are learning how to use a range of subordinating conjunctions to write multi-clause (complex) sentences.

Context: emperor penguin

Credit: BBC One - Planet Earth

Clip Description

Emperor penguins are the largest of all the different kinds of penguin. They spend their entire lives in Antarctica – the world’s southernmost continent – where temperatures can drop to a bone-chilling minus 70 degrees centigrade.

In this fascinating clip, male emperor penguins huddle together in one of the world’s most remarkable feats of endurance. In complete darkness, and without food or water, these incredible, flightless  birds must wait out the stormy Antarctic winter. During this time, they are in charge of keeping a single egg safe and warm. What ingenious strategy stops the emperors from freezing to death? Watch the clip to find out.

Word Challenge

Can you list some adjectives that describe the emperor penguins featured in the clip. Try to include some compound adjectives.(A compound adjective is made up of two or more words joined by a hyphen.)
e.g. resilient, selfless, dinner-jacketed, …