Carnival of the Animals
Amphibians

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

Session 1 What is an amphibian?

Objectives

Science

  • Identify and name a variety of common animals.
  • Describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, including pets).

Geography

  • Name and locate the world’s 7 continents and 5 oceans.
  • Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify countries, continents and oceans.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about the characteristics and habitats of amphibians and research and create life cycle of the frog.
Teaching Outcomes
To identify the characteristics of amphibians and research the life cycle and habitat of the British common frog before looking at other amphibians from around the world.
To use a world map and globe to locate habitats of amphibians.

Children will:

  • Learn about the characteristics and habitats of amphibians.
  • Research and create life cycle of the frog.
  • Find out about other amphibians and locate their habitats on the world map.

Provided Resources

  • Information sheet with letter and illustration
  • Life cycle of a frog models

You Will Need

  • Stories of Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
  • Information books about frogs, toads and amphibians around the world
  • ‘Big Book’ such as Growing Frogs by Vivian French
  • Paper for life cycle diagrams
  • Ready folded ‘zigzag’ information books
  • World map or globe

Session 2 Musical amphibians

Objectives

Science

  • Identify and name a variety of common animals.
  • Describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, including pets).

Music

  • Create musical patterns.
  • Explore, choose and organise sounds and musical ideas.
  • Explore and express ideas and feelings about music, using musical language, make improvements to own work.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes
To identify key characteristics of amphibians.
To investigate different sounds and find suitable sounds that could represent amphibians in a musical composition.

Children will:

  • Understand that sounds can be made in different ways.
  • Suggest words and sounds to express amphibians’ movements and calls.
  • Begin to build a pattern of sounds to represent a particular amphibian.
  • Begin to recognise tempo, dynamics and pitch.
  • Make improvements to their work.

You Will Need

  • Flip chart
  • Michael Finnigin, tap your chinigin by Sue Nicholls (optional)
  • Clap Your Hands Follow Me: Action Songs and Activities for Under Fives by Emily Skinner

Session 3 Lily pads

Objectives

Music

  • Controlling sounds through singing and playing.
  • Play tuned and untuned instruments.
  • Creating and developing musical ideas.
  • Create musical patterns, explore, choose and organise sounds and musical ideas.
  • Listening, and applying knowledge and understanding: how sounds can be made in different ways and described using given and invented signs and symbols.
  • Make improvements to their own work.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes
Children continue to investigate different sounds using simple percussion instruments to compose musical patterns that could represent amphibians and experiment with ways to record their musical ideas.

Children will:

  • Begin to recognise tempo, dynamics and pitch.
  • Recognise that sounds can be made in different ways then described using given and invented signs and symbols.
  • Make improvements to their work.

You Will Need

  • List of words on flip chart
  • Michael Finnigin, tap your chinigin by Sue Nicholls (optional)
  • Percussion instruments
  • A3 paper

Session 4 Putting it all together

Objectives

Music

  • Understand how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate notations.
  • Play tuned and untuned instruments musically.
  • Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes
To create a composition to perform to ‘Saint-Saëns’ and record for Frog and Toad.

Children will:

  • Use musical terms in order to create a whole class composition using their previous musical ideas.
  • Experience rehearsing together, following signs and symbols under the direction of a leader or conductor.
  • Perform with others, starting and finishing together and maintaining a steady pulse.
  • Record their performance.
  • Express feelings about the music.

Provided Resources

  • Amphibians syllables information sheet
  • Lily pad recording information sheet

You Will Need

  • Photographs and recording sheets from previous sessions (displayed on working wall)
  • Percussion instruments
  • Resources for audio recording
  • Visiting adult playing ‘Saint-Saëns’
  • School website

Weblinks

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