Carnival of the Animals

Block D - Domestic Birds

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!

Be amazed by domestic birds and take part in different egg-citing activities! Find out what they need to stay happy and healthy. Listen to Farmer Duck´s story and use it as inspiration for drama activities. Learn about the journey from egg to adult and use dance to retell the life cycle. Acquire knowledge about food chains and finally learn about the significance of feathers.

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: All about eggs!

Read the book 'An egg is quiet' and learn fascinating facts about eggs. Children will take part in a quiz, try making meringue and learn more about eggs through observational work.

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02: What do animals need?

Children will investigate cows, hens and ducks to find out what they need. They will present their investigation work to the class and use their findings to answer questions.

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03: Farmer Duck's day off

Children will listen to the story of farmer duck and then use drama techniques to explore characters from the story. Children will then change aspects of the story and retell their versions to the class.

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04: The life cycle of birds

Children will meet chick and learn about her journey through life. They will experience life as chick through dance and make their own life cycle wheel using collage materials.

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05: There was an old lady who swallowed a fly

Children will be introduced to the concept of food chains. They will learn about predators and prey through a fun game.

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06: All about feathers

Children will learn about the significance of feathers through observation work, they will find out about special bird features and draw diagrams of feathers.