Music and Art Week – The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens
This week in Reception the children have been learning what an orchestra is. They have looked at the different instruments in each family of an orchestra and they have listened to the classical piece of music ‘The Carnival of the Animals.’
The children really enjoyed a musical quiz based upon carnival of the animals and they were very competitive! They had to listen carefully to each piece of music and discuss, in pairs, what animal they thought the music represented.
The children then worked in groups to produce a dance, a piece of music and a piece of Art work. The Art work was based upon Van Gogh’s painting entitled ‘Between wheat and Sky’. The children all worked independently and produced some lovely masterpieces!
The children have created animal dances of their own. Can you guess which dance is representing a lion? Can you guess which dance is representing an elephant? Can you guess which dance is representing fish in the aquarium?
The children have also created animal music of their own. Can you guess which music is representing an elephant? Can you guess which music is representing a swan? Can you guess which music is representing a kangaroo?
This week we have continued our topic on Measures by reading the story ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker.’ The children have been developing their vocabulary this week and have learnt alternative words for small such as teeny, tiny, weeny, minute, tiny, titchy, little etc.
The children were set a challenge read some teeny weeny words. They had to use magnifying glasses to enlarge the teeny tiny words on the creative table. The children then wrote down the words and read the words to an adult.
Having listened to the story the children were very keen to become shoemakers themselves. They had to be a stickosaurus, a thinkodactyl, a tryceratops and a candoceratops in order to become a solveosaurus and a proudosaurus! The shoes were all independently made and each one totally unique. The children also really enjoyed trying on their new shoes
Lots of children chose to measure their own feet. They then used non-standard measurements such as cubes to measure how long their feet were!
Lots of children also chose to weigh shoes. The children had to be a tryceratops as it took a lot of patience to weigh the shoes with accuracy. It was also quite tricky to make sure that the balance scales were balanced.
Some children also demonstrated great perseverance when they challenged themselves to sew a running stitch around some cut out shoe templates.
Lots of children wanted to pretend to be the shoemaker and his wife. They wanted to write a note back to the elves thanking them for making them such beautiful shoes. The notes that the children wrote had to be teeny tiny! This was quite a challenge!
Lots of children also completed this weeks’ hot task which was to choose some elf addition sums and to solve the calculations using either a part, part, whole model, a tens frame or the first, then and now model which encourages the children to use the counting on method.
Another busy week in Reception!