Carnival of the Animals

Block F - Fish

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 fish, research their life cycles and habitats and make your own aquarium with fish and underwater plants! Create a pattern of movements to develop a dance and compose and plan the dance story for a performance. Create fish puppets, props and a back drop; make and write invitations and finally perform your imaginative dance story and wait for the compliments!

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: What is a fish?

Identify the features of fish; research the life cycle and habitat; make a simple aquarium with fish and underwater plants.

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02: Move like a fish

Create, practise and improve a pattern of movements to develop a dance inspired by the music of Saint-Saens.

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03: Look like a fish!

Create large fish stick puppets, props and back drop; make and write invitations to your class performance on fish shaped invites; compose and plan the dance story for a performance.

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04: Under the sea!

Children will perform their creative dance using puppets and movement, to invited audience.