Carnival of the Animals

Block B - Mammals

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!

Learn about common mammals found in the African Savanah, the Australian outback, and about domestic farm mammals and domestic pet mammals. Learn about their characteristics, needs and life cycles. Create a class safari park, collages, aboriginal artwork, and much more! Invite visitors to admire your work from this fantastic block!

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: African Savannah: Odd man out

Play the game ‘Odd Man Out’ to distinguish between different/ similar features of mammals living in the African Savannah; locate continent of Africa on world map and identify location and key physical features of the Savanah.

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02: African Savannah: Life cycles

Learn 4 characteristics of mammals; research the life cycle of the lion and the elephant and make life cycle mobiles.

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03: African Savannah: Making models

Study body shape and different features of the lion and elephant; use practical techniques, skills to create imaginative 2D and 3D representations of the lion and elephant.

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04: African Savannah: Safari park

Discuss the role and purpose of a Safari Park in the UK; consolidate your learning from previous sessions as you design and build spaces and shelters for African animals.

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05: Australian Outback: Kangaroos and koalas

Wear kangaroo masks and pouches as you research to find interesting fun facts about other mammals that make their home in the Australia Outback.

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06: Australian Outback: Life cycle diagrams

Research the life cycle of focus mammals, kangaroos/koala and make life cycle diagrams.

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07: Australian Outback: Outback enclosure

Use recycled/ reclaimed materials to construct a shelter large enough for Australian animal model to fit inside; work together to construct new enclosures for the safari park. To meet the needs of the Australian mammals.

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08: Australian Outback: Aboriginal art

Produce a piece of art work in the style of Aboriginal Art to go in an Art Gallery for visitors to the Safari Park.

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09: Domestic Mammals: Old Macdonald's farm

Learn about domestic farm mammals; write a short description about the care of a specific domestic farm mammal; learn about dairy farming.

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10: Domestic Mammals: Pet corner

Learn about the care of pets and consolidate your learning by creating a pets’ corner for the safari park which meets the needs of our pets.

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11: Mammals: Choose a mammal!

Look carefully at the structure and features of common mammals and consolidate your learning by representing a chosen mammal by painting in the style of Eric Carle.

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12: Mammals: Presentation!

Invite adults into classroom to admire your completed Safari Park, lion and elephant collages, Aboriginal artwork, mammal alphabet and other creative work and writing completed during this block.