Carnival of the Animals

Block H - Amphibians

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!

Study the world of amphibians and discover how Saint-Saëns overlooked this fascinating class of life. Investigate life-cycles, characteristics and habitats. Create pattern of sounds; learn about tempo, dynamics and pitch, rehearse and perform together. Put it all together so that amphibians can take their place in the Carnival of Animals!

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 an amphibian?

Learn about the characteristics and habitats of amphibians and research and create life cycle of the frog.

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02: Musical amphibians

Understand that sounds can be made in different ways and begin to build a pattern of sounds to represent a particular amphibian; make improvements to their work.

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03: Lily pads

Begin to recognise tempo, dynamics and pitch; learn how sounds can be described using given and invented signs and symbols; make improvements to their work.

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04: Putting it all together

Use musical terms to create composition using previous musical ideas; rehearse, following signs and symbols under the direction of a leader/conductor; perform and record your whole class composition.