Carnival of the Animals

Block E - Exotic 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!

Create exotic birds using exciting patterns and interesting shapes. Make a rainforest in the classroom to let your exotic birds come to life. Be inspired by the works of Gaudi, learn about Art Nouveau and try your hand at mosaic art. Finally, create a class choir using real performance tracks for a grand musical finale!

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: I am a beautiful bird

In this introductory session children will let the music Aviary conjure up images of exotic birds. They will cast a magic spell and create their own colourful bird.

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02: Making a rainforest

Children will learn all about habitats. They will find out what birds need to survive, and make a rainforest for their exotic birds.

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03: Shapes making shapes

Children will be inspired by the work of Gaudi; they will learn about Art Nouveau and develop their artistic skills by making their own piece of mosaic art.

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04: Three little birds

Children will sing their hearts out in this musical session. They will learn how to work together as a choir and perform the song 'Three little birds' by Bob Marley.