Carnival of the Animals

Block A - Introduction to Carnival of the Animals and Saint-Saëns

Be inspired by Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals! Learn about the fascinating creatures that feature in the movements of the music. Learn about the formation of an orchestra, the range of instruments involved, and Saint- Saëns himself. Learn about mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians and fossils around the world. Round the topic off with an animal Olympics and a carnival!

Introduce `The Carnival of the Animals´ and go on an incredible journey. Learn about the works, be inspired by the orchestra and explore making sounds. Discover how the music describes animal features.

This Topic is written for Key Stage 1. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: An introduction to the composer, works and musical terms

Begin with a detailed introduction to the `The Carnival of the Animals´. Children will listen and respond to the music, learn new musical terminology and explore how sounds are made.

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02: An introduction to the orchestra

Learn about the orchestra, the instruments and how they are played. Children will get a chance to become a class orchestra and create listening maps.

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03: An introduction to the animals

Children will play a game to discover animal classification groups. They will learn about animal characteristics and how the music describes those features.