Share the story of Peter and the Wolf with your children, and then try some of these teaching and activity ideas.
- Watch an animated version of the story. There are a number of versions online, and a few of them are included below:
- Discuss the basics of the story (character traits, plot development etc.)
- Discuss the fact that there is no speech and that different music is used to represent characters.
- Give pupils one still from the film and ask them to write a descriptive paragraph.
- Laminate cards with stills from the film and create the correct sequence.
- With the class in the correct sequence, hold holding a still each and ask them to narrate their still.
- In a Computing lesson, pupils could narrate and record the story (written, not spoken).
- In P.E. (dance), pupils could work on a routine, choosing a character and using the music from the film.
- Ask pupils to write their own story based on Peter and the Wolf.
- Show the different characters and describe them, their actions and traits.
- Create some character profiles.
- Show the different characters and make up music for them. Ideas: Drums- Wolf, glockenspiel- birds, Guitar- Hunters.
- Complete a script for the film
- Compose the music for the film.
- Freeze frame the DVD and ask pupils for their thoughts.
- Tell the story from the perspective of the Cat, Wolf, Granddad or Magpie.
- Use stills to simulate descriptive writing.
- Act out the story.
- Perform dances for each character, thinking about how each character might move.
- Write some poetry, using the settings or characters as inspiration.
- Rearrange the story using storyboards from stills.
- Make a play based on the film.
If you have any other ideas, let us know in the comments below!