Carnival of the Animals

Block G - Reptiles

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 these fascinating and sometimes misunderstood creatures, discover incredible facts, play interactive games and create reptile word clouds. Examine marine iguanas and why they are endangered, make reptile models and use the information gained about habitats to create your own vivarium. Create a reptile house and open it to the public!

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: Reptile word clouds

Identify reptiles and learn what features they have in common. Use the internet to find out fascinating facts and create reptile word clouds.

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02: Marine iguanas

Find out that humans and reptiles have basic needs. Discover that some reptiles are endangered, focusing on the marine iguana. Look at pictures from a scientific study and create a leaflet about marine iguanas.

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03: Where am I?

Play a game to learn about camouflage. Make reptile models using salt dough and paint them to blend into a patterned background.

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04: Reptile vivaria

Learn about habitats through a fun, interactive game. Use the information gathered to create a group vivarium.

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05: Reptile house open day

Hold a reptile open day to consolidate learning. Use props and share information learned about reptiles.