Carnival of the Animals
Exotic Birds

Create exotic birds using exciting patterns and interesting shapes. Make a rainforest in the classroom to let your exotic birds come to life. Be inspired by the works of Gaudi, learn about Art Nouveau and try your hand at mosaic art. Finally, create a class choir using real performance tracks for a grand musical finale!

Session 1 I am a beautiful bird

Objectives

Art and Design

  • Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.
  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

English

  • Use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas.

Teaching and Activities

In this introductory session children will let the music Aviary conjure up images of exotic birds. They will cast a magic spell and create their own colourful bird.

Teaching Outcomes
Use their imagination to draw and decorate an exotic bird. To use patterns, shapes and colours in their bird designs.
Use descriptive language to develop their bird designs.

Children will:

  • Use their imagination to draw and decorate an exotic bird.
  • Use patterns, shapes and colours in their bird designs.
  • Use descriptive language to develop their bird designs.

Provided Resources

  • I am a beautiful bird poem
  • How to create an exotic bird instructions including template

You Will Need

  • A stick decorated with ribbons

Session 2 Making a rainforest

Objectives

Art and Design

  • Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.
  • Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.

Science

  • Use observational skills and ideas to suggest answers to questions.

Teaching and Activities

Children will learn all about habitats. They will find out what birds need to survive, and make a rainforest for their exotic birds.

Teaching Outcomes
To use a range of materials and processes to make a classroom rainforest display.
To understand that birds have basic needs.

Children will:

  • Work alone and collaborate with others.
  • Use a range of materials and processes to make a classroom rainforest display.
  • Understand that birds have basic needs.

Provided Resources

  • Creating a bird themed box instructions
  • Rainforest instructions
  • Leaf template

You Will Need

  • A small cardboard box
  • Sparkly wrapping paper
  • Bird pictures
  • Shredded newspaper

Session 3 Shapes making shapes

Objectives

Art and Design

  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.
  • Learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

Teaching and Activities

Children will be inspired by the work of Gaudi; they will learn about Art Nouveau and develop their artistic skills by making their own piece of mosaic art.

Teaching Outcomes
To develop pattern and colour techniques when decorating a Toucan, learn about the work of Antoni Gaudi and the style Art Nouveau.
To make links between their own art and the work of Antoni Gaudi.

Children will:

  • Develop pattern and colour techniques when decorating a Toucan.
  • Learn about the work of Antoni Gaudi and the style Art Nouveau which inspired him.
  • Make links between their own art and the work of Antoni Gaudi.

You Will Need

  • Coloured paper tiles

Session 4 Three little birds

Objectives

Music

  • Use voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high quality live and recorded music.
  • Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

Teaching and Activities

Children will sing their hearts out in this musical session. They will learn how to work together as a choir and perform the song 'Three little birds' by Bob Marley.

Teaching Outcomes
To learn and sing the song Three Little Birds, experiment with different musical accompaniments and learn how to work together as a choir.

Children will:

  • Learn and sing the song Three Little Birds.
  • Experiment with different musical accompaniments.
  • Learn how to work together as a choir.

Provided Resources

  • Singing tips
  • Performance tracks teaching guide
  • Lyrics
  • Suggested concert list

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.