Inspired by nature | KS2 | Year 5 | Grammar

Subordinating conjunctions: Sunstar starfish

Learning Objective

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

Context: sunstar starfish

Credit: BBC One - Life

Clip Description

There are over 2,000 different species of starfish (sea stars) living in the world’s oceans. Without a brain or blood, these unique marine animals come in all different sizes, shapes and colours. Whilst most sport five arms around a central, spiny disc-shaped body, some can have up to fifty arms.

In this fascinating clip, a dustbin lid-sized sunstar starfish is captured feasting on the corpse of a giant octopus. When a king crab turns up on the scene, the starfish is in for a nasty shock. Other than having an eye at the tip of each arm, what is so remarkable about the arms of the sunstar? Watch the clip to find out.

Word Challenge

How many different adjectives can you think of that best describe the sunstar starfish featured in the clip?

e.g. aggressive, dustbin lid-sized, fearsome,...