Carnival of the Animals

Block J - Finale

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!

It´s Carnival time! Be prepared for fun, dancing, parades and music. Learn about world famous carnivals and put together a class carnival. Look back at the topic and use imagination to shape the carnival of the year! Finally, finish the topic in a spectacular way with an animal Olympics; which animal will be the King of the Carnival?

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: Carnival time

Learn about world famous carnivals through photographs and video clips; look back at the work they have done throughout the topic and discuss elements to use in a carnival.

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02: Carnival preparation

Gather ideas from session1 and begin to assemble a class carnival; use your imaginations to create an animal dance.

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03: Carnival rehearsal

Watch video clips of dancers performing the Carnival of the Animals works; learn how to make their movements bigger, bolder and more expressive by passing a movement around acircle; perform dances to the class and give feedback about each other’s performances.

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04: Animal olympics

In the final session of the topic, children will be testing strength, fitness, accuracy, agility and speed of the animals in the class animal Olympics! Which animal will come up tops and become king of the animals?