Peter and the Wolf

Peter and the Wolf

A creative week based on Peter and the Wolf, a musical composition written by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936, inspired learning across all areas of the curriculum at Fosse Bank School last week.

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Reception children looked at the work of the Russian artist, Carl Faberge and then made our own Faberge eggs.

We also made ‘Wanted’ posters for the wolf. We had a STEM challenge where we had to design something to help Peter get his hat from the pond. We listened to the music Capulets and Montagues by Prokofiev. We wrote a shared story based on the music. During our Circle Time we discussed the importance of listening to grown-ups and we debated whether Peter had done the right thing by disobeying his grandfather to go back out through the gate to trap the wolf.

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Year One children enjoyed listening to Peter and the Wolf during their Forest School sessions:

Trees were climbed to escape the wolf, cats were seen prowling in and out of the woods and birds were fluttering and tweeting to the music.  Glove and sock puppets were designed and made based on characters from the story, culminating in a puppet show in class.  Children learnt about wolves in the wild and went on to write their own ‘Wolf fact-files’.  During drama, the story was acted out in costume which inspired the children to write their own stories.

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Year 2 had fun writing the story of Peter and the Wolf in their own words, practising their ability to write chronologically in the past tense, as well as their ability to use fabulous descriptive vocabulary!

They then used the internet and non-fiction books to research facts about Peter (humans) and wolves, to create their own fact files for comparison and reference.  They have also been writing forest themed poetry. The children worked in pairs to brainstorm their ideas and to create a bank of descriptive, interesting vocabulary. They used this work to write their own poems with a forest setting. Then they recited their work to the class. In DT, children designed and made a moving picture to complement a forest scene. They used pivots and levers to make the moving parts.

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Years Three and Four had a wonderful week as they had the opportunity to explore the narrative of Peter and the Wolf through many different subjects.

In English, they learnt about story structure and wrote accounts from different character’s points of view. They then used the laptops to research some of the animals found in the story to create a non -fiction piece of work. In Maths they worked in pairs to play a coordinates game based on a map of the story’s setting. They designed the maps themselves and then had to use their knowledge of coordinates to try and guess where their partner’s items were on the grid. Finally, in Art and DT they produced some fantastic puppets of their favourite characters using lots of different materials and fabrics, they are going to keep their puppets in the lovely setting boxes they have designed, to show them off!

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Year Five watched a ballet version of the story with Prokofiev’s music.

They practised their note-taking skills and then wrote a summary of the story. They explored the whole idea of choosing the right instrument for a character and the idea of a repeating theme for a character which could change with mood. They then composed themes for some of the Year One story books and worked brilliantly in groups both to compose and perform to the Year One class.

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Our Year Six children researched and wrote biographies on Prokofiev (the composer), they followed this up on Tuesday by mapping his journeys around the world. 

They went on to write monologues from the perspective of various characters from the story, and did some descriptive writing on particular artists impressions of scenes from the story.  During their art lesson they painted life size pictures of the main characters inspired by the Disney version of the story.

Wolf dancing was the theme of the week for our PE lessons! This included listening to music as a stimulus to choreograph their own short wolf dances, create freeze frames and moving in time to the music.

During music lessons they learnt about the instruments playing character melodies in Peter and the Wolf, in particular how instruments are played and the difference between woodwind, strings and percussion.  They also looked at how the size of the instruments relate to low and high sounds and how tempo/dynamics creates different moods and can make us feel scared, excited or happy. They created a mini orchestra modelling how to play the instruments through body movements and learnt how to sing Peters’ theme. The younger children loved watching the classic Disney short film at the end of the session and showing how they could identify the different instruments and melodies.

Our week ended with a fabulous Peter and the Wolf dress-up day and an assembly to share our learning across the curriculum as well as listening to a visiting musicians playing the clarinet and oboe.

Work from our Creative Week will be on display during our Open Day on Sunday 18th March from 2.00 – 4.00pm.