Carnival of the Animals
Mammals

Learn about common mammals found in the African savannah and the Australian outback, farm mammals and domestic pet mammals. Learn about their characteristics, needs and life cycles. Create a class safari park, collages, aboriginal artwork, and much more. Invite visitors to admire your work from this fantastic block!

Session 1 African Savannah: Odd man out

Objectives

Science

  • Identify and name, describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals.

Geography

  • Name and locate the world’s 7 continents and 5 oceans.
  • Locate hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator.
  • Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features – vegetation, season, weather.
  • Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify countries, continents and oceans.

Teaching and Activities

Play the game ‘Odd Man Out’ to distinguish between different/ similar features of mammals living in the African Savannah; locate continent of Africa on world map and identify location and key physical features of the Savanah.

Teaching Outcomes
To describe and compare mammals found in the African Savannah.
To locate the continent of Africa on world map, atlas and globe and identify key physical features.

Children will:

  • Play the game ‘Odd Man Out’ to distinguish between different and similar features of mammals living in the African savannah.
  • Locate continent of Africa on the world map and identify location and key physical features of the savannah.

You Will Need

  • Plastic model African savannah mammals and kangaroo
  • Role play costume for Saint-Saëns
  • Non-fiction books on Africa, savannah, animals

Session 2 African Savannah: Life cycles

Objectives

Science

  • Identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores or omnivores.
  • Describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals.

Geography

  • Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features – vegetation, season, weather.
  • Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify countries, continents and oceans.

Teaching and Activities

Learn 4 characteristics of mammals; research the life cycle of the lion and the elephant and make life cycle mobiles.

Teaching Outcomes
To describe and compare mammals found in the African Savannah.
To locate the continent of Africa on world map, atlas and globe and identify key physical features.

Children will:

  • Learn 4 characteristics of mammals.
  • Research the life cycle of the lion and the elephant.
  • Find out other interesting facts of the lion and the elephant.
  • Know the meaning of the terms carnivore, herbivore, omnivore.
  • Know some key physical features of the African savannah.

You Will Need

  • Small PE hoops
  • Print outs of life cycle images
  • ‘The African Savannah’ to read aloud
  • Small whiteboards
  • Selection of non-fiction books
  • Coloured stiff paper
  • Examples and facts for elephants and lions

Session 3 African Savannah: Making models

Objectives

Science

  • Describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals.

Design and Technology

  • Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks.
  • Select from and use a wide range of materials and components.

Teaching and Activities

Study body shape and different features of the lion and elephant; use practical techniques, skills to create imaginative 2D and 3D representations of the lion and elephant.

Teaching Outcomes
To identify, name, describe and compare a variety of mammals found in the African Savannah.
To use practical skills to produce 3D model animals, masks and to participate in creating large collages; focus animals are the lion and the elephant.

Children will:

  • Study body shape and different features of the lion and elephant.
  • Use practical techniques and skills to create 2D and 3D representations of the lion and elephant.

You Will Need

  • Selection of books by Eric Carle
  • Books about Africa, savannah, animals both fiction and non-fiction
  • Play dough
  • Animal shape cutters
  • Tracing paper
  • Lion coloured paper and tissue paper
  • Grey, blue, black, green tissue paper
  • Firm art paper A1 size
  • Elephant/lion coloured paper plates
  • Stiff paper or light card for models
  • Small white boards, pens
  • CD ‘Carnival of the Animals’

Session 4 African Savannah: Safari park

Objectives

Design and Technology

  • Design purposeful, functional, appealing products based on design criteria.
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their idea through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups, ICT.

PHSE

  • Understand the importance of respecting and protecting the environment.

Teaching and Activities

Discuss the role and purpose of a Safari Park in the UK; consolidate your learning from previous sessions as you design and build spaces and shelters for African animals.

Teaching Outcomes
To design and build enclosed spaces & shelters appropriate for the needs of the various mammals.
To recognise the care, protection and needs of animals and the responsibility people play in respecting and caring for animals and the natural environment.

Children will:

  • Discuss the role and purpose of a safari park in the UK.
  • Consolidate their learning from previous sessions.
  • Construct products for a specific purpose.

You Will Need

  • Role play safari party hats
  • ‘Wildlife expert’ badges or stickers
  • A3 paper for each child

Session 5 Australian Outback: Kangaroos and koalas

Objectives

Science

  • Identify and name a variety of common animals.
  • Describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals.

Geography

  • Name and locate the world’s 7 continents and 5 oceans.
  • Locate hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles.
  • Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features – vegetation, season, weather.
  • Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify countries, continents and oceans.

Teaching and Activities

Wear kangaroo masks and pouches as you research to find interesting fun facts about other mammals that make their home in the Australia Outback.

Teaching Outcomes
To identify, name, describe and compare a variety of mammals found in the Australian Outback.
To locate the continent of Australia on world map, atlas and globe and identify and discuss key physical features.

Children will:

  • Identify different and similar characteristics and features of mammals living in the Australian outback.
  • Locate the continent of Australia on the world map and identify location and key physical features of the outback.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • Plastic models from session 1 of elephant, lion, kangaroo
  • Hand puppets of a kangaroo and koala
  • Card for kangaroo and koala masks
  • A4 brown envelopes to make pouch
  • Non-fiction texts on Africa, savannah, animals

Session 6 Australian Outback: Life cycle diagrams

Objectives

Science

  • Identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores or omnivores.
  • Describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals.

Geography

  • Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features – vegetation, season, weather.
  • Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify countries, continents and oceans.

Teaching and Activities

Research the life cycle of focus mammals, kangaroos/koala and make life cycle diagrams.

Teaching Outcomes
To identify what type of food animals found in the Australian Outback eat, the young they have and their life cycle.
To locate the continent of Australia on world map, atlas and globe and identify and discuss key physical features.

Children will:

  • Learn 4 characteristics of mammals.
  • Research the life cycle of the Kangaroo or another Australian mammal.
  • Find out other interesting facts about Australian mammals.
  • Know the meaning of the terms carnivore, herbivore and omnivore.

You Will Need

  • Large, cut out curved arrows for life cycle diagram
  • Selection of non-fiction books to research Australian mammals
  • A3 coloured paper

Session 7 Australian Outback: Outback enclosure

Objectives

Design and Technology

  • Design purposeful, functional, appealing products based on design criteria.
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their idea through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and information and communications technology .

PHSE

  • Understand the importance of respecting and protecting the environment.

Teaching and Activities

Use recycled/ reclaimed materials to construct a shelter large enough for Australian animal model to fit inside; work together to construct new enclosures for the safari park to meet the needs of the Australian mammals.

Teaching Outcomes
To design and build 3D models representing mammals from the Australian Outback and creating enclosed spaces and shelters appropriate for their needs
To recognise the care/ protection needs of these mammals and the responsibility people have to look after them and the natural environment.

Children will:

  • Design and construct products for a specific purpose.
  • Consolidate their learning from previous sessions.
  • Show awareness of the needs of other living creatures.

You Will Need

  • Toy kangaroo with letter
  • ‘Wildlife Expert’ hats and badges
  • Flip chart
  • Selection of reclaimed materials
  • Stiff paper/thin card
  • Small plastic bags
  • Dried pasta
  • Models of Australian mammals
  • Play dough in assortment of colours
  • Construction kits
  • Small world play resources
  • Binoculars, pith helmets, ‘jungle’ resources
  • Non-fiction books regarding Australia
  • Card for writing labels

Session 8 Australian Outback: Aboriginal art

Objectives

Art

  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

PHSE

  • Understand the importance of respecting and protecting the environment.

Teaching and Activities

Produce a piece of art work in the style of Aboriginal Art to go in an Art Gallery for visitors to the Safari Park.

Teaching Outcomes
To learn about and experiment with the Aboriginals’ use of earth colours and their practice of the use of different size ‘dots’ to represent pictures.
To recognise the history and partnership the Aboriginal people have with their natural environment.

Children will:

  • Produce a piece of art work in the style of Aboriginal art.
  • Peer assess their classmates’ work.
  • Learn about the Aboriginal people in Australia.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • Artefacts and images of Aboriginal art
  • Templates of Australian mammals
  • Art paper and comment cards
  • Cotton buds and paint brushes
  • A selection of different sized tools with round ends
  • A selection of paint in ‘earth colours’

Session 9 Domestic Mammals: Old Macdonald's farm

Objectives

Science

  • Identify and name a variety of common mammals.

PSHE

  • Understand the importance of respecting and protecting environment.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about domestic farm mammals; write a short description about the care of a specific domestic farm mammal; learn about dairy farming.

Teaching Outcomes
To learn that some domesticated farm animals are mammals.
To recognise the care / protection needs of these mammals and the responsibility people have to look after them.

Children will:

  • Learn about domestic farm mammals.
  • Write a short description about the care of a specific farm mammal.
  • Learn about dairy farming.

You Will Need

  • Kangaroo and Koala soft toy or puppet
  • Toy farm
  • Card cut into hay sheaf shape
  • Non-fiction books: farms and farm animals
  • Letters to go home inviting pets to school

Session 10 Domestic Mammals: Pet corner

Objectives

Science

  • Describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals.

PSHE

  • Understand the importance of respecting and protecting environment.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about the care of pets and consolidate your learning by creating a pets’ corner for the safari park which meets the needs of our pets.

Teaching Outcomes
To learn which of our pets are mammals, about their life cycles, features and habits.
To learn about the needs of our pets and to think responsibly about their care and treatment.

Children will:

  • Learn about the care of pets.
  • Ask questions and listen to the answers from a variety of visitors.
  • Consolidate their learning.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • Flip chart or Interactive White Board
  • Pre-arranged visits of owners with pets
  • Small world pets and accessories
  • Construction kits
  • Role play items for ice cream kiosk, shop, café, vet’s surgery, pet shop
  • Mini books for free writing
  • Selection of Eric Carle books, information books about pets, fiction featuring pets
  • For plenary: visit from an adult who can pretend to be considering having a pet

Session 11 Mammals: Choose a mammal!

Objectives

Science

  • Describe and compare the structure of a variety of common mammals.

Art and Design

  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

Teaching and Activities

Look carefully at the structure and features of common mammals and consolidate your learning by representing a chosen mammal by painting in the style of Eric Carle..

Teaching Outcomes
To look carefully at the structure and features of common mammals.
To represent their chosen mammal by painting in the style of Eric Carle.

Children will:

  • Present and consolidate their learning.
  • Produce artwork in the style of Eric Carle.
  • Identify the structure of selected mammals.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • A selection of Eric Carle books and illustrations, including Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?
  • Information books
  • Paper for writing fact boxes

Session 12 Mammals: Presentation!

Objectives

English

  • Participate in presentations and performances.

Teaching and Activities

Invite adults into classroom to admire your completed Safari Park, lion and elephant collages, Aboriginal artwork, mammal alphabet and other creative work and writing completed during this block.

Teaching Outcomes
To present their learning to an audience of parents/ carers.

Children will:

  • Consolidate their learning.
  • Take part in a presentation or performance.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • Items created during previous sessions – elephant, lion, kangaroo and koala masks
  • Life cycles
  • Art work from session 11
  • CD 'Carnival of the Animals' or YouTube clips from previous sessions
  • Words for the narrators

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