Lesson Content


There are 9 exercises to complete during Lesson 1.

  • Before the lesson:
    • Scroll down the page to view information about each exercise
    • Ensure you have read through the preparation guide to this lesson
  • During the lesson:
    • Press ‘open slideshow’ in the top right corner of the page to display and play lesson resources to the class.
    • Download & print the lesson content information at the bottom of this page to reference during class

Lesson Content + Exercise Information:

1. Discussion: Royalty: Royalty:

  1. Discuss different royals that the children are familiar with (either real or cartoon)
  2. Features about royalty e.g. wearing a crown, ruling a country etc.
2. Introduce Prince Caprice and Princess Fantasia. Introduce Prince Caprice and Princess Fantasia – [you can show the class their picture] 

Explain and discuss the basic storyline of ‘Voyage to the Moon’ and what the pupils believe may happen in the story.

Explain that the story was written alongside a piece of music and play the music – “we will listen to a really special piece of music, that will help us discover more about Prince Caprice’s adventures to the Moon”.


3. Discussion: Orchestra:
  1. Show the class the picture of the Orchestra and define it as you play the music.
    “The Orchestra is a large group of musicians – lots of musicians play their musical instruments and work together to create beautiful music.”
  2. Discuss the connection between music and story.
    “Music can tell a story – the music can be happy, sad, excited or angry, and match exactly how characters and thinking or feeling.”
  3. Introduce the musicians of the Orchestra telling a story:
    “The musicians will create conversations with their instruments as they tell us about the adventures of Prince Caprice and Princess Fantasia. When Prince Caprice is happy they will play (let pupils say) happy music etc.”.



4. Introduce the Prince’s Song:
  1. Explain that Prince Caprice sings a special song to tell people about his dream of going to the Moon and we will now learn his song.
  2. Show the class the pictures of the chorus and read the words together.

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5. Singing: the Prince’s song:


  1. Teach the children how to sing the prince’s song with the actions (see video for further information in ‘how to prepare’ section).
  2. Sing it first without the music, and then with the music.
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Music + Vocals:

Music Only:

6. Discussion: Key Musical Terms: Key musical words:

Spell out the different key words with the children and ask questions about each word; for example:

  1. Can anyone name a musical instrument?
  2. How can we make music?
  3. Has anyone been to a concert?

Who plays an instrument?

 7. Interactive Story: Acting:
  1. Read the story out loud to the class without music (you can invite pupils to read the story out loud).
  2. Play the music.
  3. Verse 1 part 1: as the music plays have the pupils act as either the prince or the party guests – the prince would be marching around the room as he approaches the palace, the party guests would be dancing, eating, chatting, etc.
  4. Verse 1: the ‘pause’: When the music ‘pauses’ in verse 1, tell the pupils to stop, and hold their breath because the king and queen have just seen Prince Caprice approach the palace.
  5. Verse 1 after the ‘pause’: tell the pupils to pretend to be Prince Caprice – ask them how they believe the prince is feeling (asking them how the music sounds will help with this) – do you think the prince is excited or nervous? Is the music jumpy or smooth?
  6. Just before the chorus: explain that Prince Caprice needs to tell his parents that he wants to go on adventure and so he gets ready to sing his song.
  7. Chorus: the Prince’s Song: sing the words to the Prince’s Song alongside the chorus music (with actions).

After they have sung the chorus read page 4 – and then tell the pupils they will learn more about the prince and his adventures in the next lesson.




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Music + Vocals:


8. Interactive Story: Instruments:
  1. Hand out untuned/percussion instruments to each member of the class.
  2. Repeat the exercise steps in activity 7 above, with pupils playing their instruments to match the tone, and conveying facial expressions to match the emotions of the characters/tone of the music.
  3. When the Prince’s Song plays, instead of actions, have the pupils plays softly along with the music.

Music + Vocals:

9. Activity:
  1. Have the children draw their own picture about the Voyage to the Moon story so far – having the page titled “Voyage to the Moon”:
  2. The rocket
  3. Earth/Moon
  4. Prince/Princess
  5. Grand Party etc.

You can play the whole piece of music as they complete the activity.


Downloadable and Printable lesson content

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Lesson 1 – Assessment & Homework

Homework for lesson 1 can be found at the bottom of this page


1) Questioning     2) Crescendo Skills Ladder      3) Musical Terms       4) Story     5) Self-Assessment

1) Questioning:

Become familiar with the different types of questions that can be asked throughout lesson 1. Questions for each heading increase in level of difficulty.

Take note of answering abilities of pupils to log in the assessment tracker.

Here is a downloadable and printable copy of the questioning:


2) Crescendo Skills Ladder:

Become familiar with the different criteria of skills that are to be assessed. Level 1 is the lowest, level 5 being the highest.

Take note during the lessons of pupil development to insert into their development tracker.

Here is a downloadable and printable copy of the Crescendo Ladder:


3) Musical Terms: Assessment:

Become familiar with the ‘Musical Terms’ sheet, and the answer sheet.

Print a copy for each member of the class (unanswered sheet!). This is a great way for the teacher to assess the understanding of musical terms. The pupils must connect the word to the corresponding picture.

TIP: Act out the pictures as a class. Some students may recognise the pictures (e.g. the music notes), but may have English as a second language, therefore not yet able to link the picture to the word.

You can also read through the words together using phonics before beginning the exercise.

Here is a downloadable and printable copy of the Musical Terms Assessment sheet:




4) Story: Assessment

Become familiar with the ‘Story’ sheet, and the answer sheet.

Print a copy for each member of the class (unanswered sheet!). This is a great way for the teacher to assess the understanding of the story. The pupils must write the word above the corresponding picture.

TIP: Refer back to the storybook pages to help those with language difficulties.

You can also read through the words together using phonics before beginning the exercise.

Here is a downloadable and printable copy of the Story Assessment sheet:



5) Self-Assessment [optional]:

This is an OPTIONAL assessment sheet. Self-assessment should start as early as possible once pupils have settled into the school year, and at the discretion of the teacher. 

Print a copy for each member of the class. Pupils should indicate the level (between 1-5) that they believe they are at for each category.

Teachers will want to collect these in once completed – and file away.

Here is a downloadable and printable copy of the Self-Assessment sheet:




  1. Have the children bring in a piece of music on a CD, MP3 or YouTube file that they listen to at home with their parents. Parents can email teachers the content prior to the lesson.
  2. Ask if anyone has instruments at home. If they do have a portable instrument (tuned or untuned), ask the parent if they would like to bring it in for the child to describe it to the class and what it sounds like when it is played, who plays it at home and what kinds of music it is used to play.

Background Information

Voyage to the Moon is a beautiful piece of music, accompanied with a really special story that follows Prince Caprice who is desperately bored of palace life, as he wishes to travel to the moon to find his princess. In this lesson the children will be introduced to the Prince and his narrated story, which is set to the music. The lesson will have the children explore the Prince’s journey and through this they will be introduced to the basic musical concepts within.

Index for the table:

1. Discussions

2. Structure of the Music

3. Key Musical Terms

4. Prince Caprice

5. Princess Fantasia

6. Responding to Music

7. The Prince’s Song

8. Teaching Tips for Skill Development

1. Discussions:

 Discussions allow the children the freedom to express themselves, show preference and share prior knowledge with confidence. It is a great opportunity for children to develop their speaking skills and grow familiar with concepts before exploring them in practical activities. Each child should be encouraged to participate in the discussion.

 2. Structure of the Music:

‘Voyage to the Moon’ has many different sections. These sections are called ‘verses’ and are similar to ‘chapters’ found in books. Each verse has it’s own characteristics that help to tell a story – a verse can be fast or slow, have a happy or sad mood, etc.
For topic 1, become familiar with the whole piece of music and the ‘feeling’ of each verse. Imagine how the children can dance to the verses, and how the music reflects occurrences within the ‘Voyage to the Moon’ story.

3. Key Musical Terms:

The Orchestra, musicians and instruments:

 An orchestra is a large group of musicians. These musicians play many different instruments. Musicians sit in groups with others who play the same instrument. The many different instruments all belong to different families that you will learn about over the term e.g. the Violin and Cello belong to the ‘Strings’ family, the Flute and Oboe belong to the ‘Woodwind’ family and the French Horn belongs to the ‘Brass’ family.
In explaining to the class:
  • There are many different musical instruments that create their own beautiful musical sounds.
  • Instruments cannot play music by themselves and need a person to play them. That person is called a musician.
  • Lots of musicians come together and play wonderful music as a group – This is called an Orchestra.

4. Prince Caprice

(main character)

Prince Caprice is the main character from the ‘Voyage to the Moon’ story. He is an inspiring character for children as he follows his dreams, employs his imagination, and seeks to achieve the impossible.
Many discussion topics that are relevant to this age group can evolve around the prince’s character. For example, royalty, going on a new mode of transport, relationships with friends and family, etc.

5. Princess Fantasia:

 Princess Fantasia joins our story much later on. Try to move away from traditional princess stories – Princess Fantasia is a strong character. She is not waiting for the prince. She is smart and reads a lot of books. She is bored with the lonely life on the Moon and desperate to go and explore. In a way, she is exactly the same as Prince Caprice – a daring adventurer who is waiting for the opportunity to leave the planet. Whilst the story may appear as a love story, it is really a story of friendship.

6. Responding to Music:

Responding to the music is an important element of this lesson:
  • Acting to the Music: After reading the story, the whole piece of music will be played to the class. As this happens, the pupils will be acting out events from the story, keeping to the ‘tone’ and ‘tempo’ (speed) of the music, and discussing elements of the music i.e. how elements of the music contributed to ‘tone’. This will help pupils to develop an ‘ear’ for music (aural training)
  • Playing Instruments to Music: Pupils will explore untuned instruments and how to play these appropriately. They will do so by listening for the ‘tone’ of the ‘Voyage to the Moon’ music, and matching this with how they play their instruments. This teaches control and theory through imaginative play. This helps to develop aural training skills.

7. The Prince’s Song:

The Prince’s Song:
The chorus tune from the music is a song that is sung by the prince. The words relate to his dream of flying to the moon and are easy for the children to learn. The song helps the children make a connection to the prince.
The video in the Overview and Preparation section demonstrates the words and actions that can be taught to the class. The actions will help to improve memory and co-ordination.

Teaching Tips for Skill Development:

 Skill development for communication & listening skills

Come prepared with questions for all discussions – you can use our questioning sheets in the Assessment section for each lesson. These types of questions are designed to help the pupils build verbal confidence, or prompt performance-based responses.
Learning as a group can inspire confidence and demonstrate individual development, especially when the exercise is repeated. Learning through song and actions help the children to concentrate and tests them on their listening and communication skills.

Preparation for lesson 1

There are 8 suggested activities below for the teacher to complete in order to prepare for teaching  ‘lesson content’ for lesson 1

Instructions: Music Clips: Pictures/videos:
1. Discussion: Royalty

Prepare for a question about royalty.
Prepare questions to prompt the children to share information about members of monarchy they are familiar with (real or fictional!), and common associations e.g. crown, palace, etc.Prepare visual cues to prompt answers, for example, pictures from familiar stories, movies or of national figureheads. 

2. Read the story:

Read the whole storybook to become familiar with the story. Take note of:
Any characters – for this lesson: Prince Caprice and Princess Fantasia
Any mention of musical concepts – for this lesson: the Orchestra
Play the sound file in the next column to become familiar with our narrated story to music 




Relevant story pages for this lesson: 1-4:



3. Discussion: the Orchestra:

Prepare for a discussion and explanation about the orchestra using the key words poster.

  • Definition: An orchestra is a group of musicians who play together!  
  • Study the picture of the orchestra and note the positions of the musicians, and the conductor (on the podium at the front)

– Read the background information’ for this lesson to understand the connection between the orchestra’s music and the story.– Learn definitions about the musical concepts/key vocabulary (see the next column)

Definitions of an Orchestra:

4. The Prince’s Song

Sing the Prince’s song with the actions repeatedly until learned off by heart.
– Read the words
– Listen to the tune
– Watch the video

Can you see? Up in space,
Twinkling stars are all over the place.Moonlight beams, down on me,
I will find a princess there – you’ll see.

Music + Vocals:

Music Only:

Video of the song with actions:

4. Listen to the first verse of the music: 
– Take note of the tone before and after the ‘pause’
– Practice narrating to the introduction music: 
telling the children they are at a party before the pause, to take a deep breath at the pause as they ‘see’ the prince arrive, then to be worried as they see that the prince is nervous – see activity 7 in the Lesson Plan for Lesson 1 for more notes.
– Practice playing along to the music with untuned instruments, matching the tone of the music as your play – happy, sad, nervous, excited etc.

Introduction & 1st chorus/Prince’s Song

5. Listen to the whole piece of music: 

Become familiar with the tone of each section.

6. Resources to bring to the lesson:

  • Percussion (untuned) instruments – one for each child
  • Plain A4 paper for each pupil
  • Crayons and other drawing material
7. Key vocabulary: 

Character names


Jacques Offenbach


Voyage to the Moon

Character names (royal family):


Jacques Offenbach:


Voyage to the Moon:

8. Run through:

The lesson aims & objectives (found when you first click on Lesson 1)

The ‘lesson content’  tab, where you will find exercises for this lesson:

  • Ensure you can do all of the exercises.
  • Read through the ‘lesson content’ repeatedly before teaching it in order to be prepared.
  • Play the slideshow (open slideshow button on top corner of page in ‘lesson content’) that will be displayed during the class
  • Download and print the lesson activity sheets at the bottom of the page in ‘lesson content’ – practice explaining the activities as you play the slideshow (see point above)
  • Plan your own answers to the questions you will ask the children to prompt them and retain focus.

The assessment & homework’ tasks for this lesson

The ‘background information’ tab, where teacher can find further information about the lesson, the story, and the music.