Inspired by nature | KS2 | Year 5 | Grammar

Using a thesaurus: Brown hyena

Learning Objective

We are learning how to use a thesaurus to find words that have similar meanings.

Context: brown hyena

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07x4mf3/player

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Credit: BBC One - Seven Worlds, One Planet

Clip Description

Despite having a bad reputation for their scavenging habits and chilling cackling cries, hyenas are highly intelligent and sociable mammals. The brown hyena is the rarest of the three different hyena species (spotted, striped and brown). It has a distinctive long, shaggy brown coat and striped legs. Like all hyenas, the brown hyena has immensely powerful bone-crushing jaws.

In this fascinating clip, Mark MacEwan and Kiri Cashell travel to the remote Skeleton Coast region of the Namib Desert, where they hope to film brown hyenas that have ventured far away from their clans in search of food. However, they must first contend with the fishy stench of seals and a thieving jackal. When a hyena finally shows, the team realise that the carnivore has problems with its eyesight. What is causing its poor vision? Watch the clip to find out.

Word Challenge

Can you list some expanded noun phrases that best describe the Skeleton Coast on the fringe of the Namib Desert?

e.g. a desolate desert, an eerie blank canvas, …