Year 2: Lesson 1

The overall idea of topic one is to introduce the children to the key basic elements of Voyage to the Moon; the music, the story, the prince’s song and key musical concepts!
In Lesson 1 you will explore:

  • The ‘Voyage to the Moon‘ music and story,
  • The connection between ‘instruments’, ‘musicians’ and ‘the orchestra’. 
  • How music can be used to tell a story, and putting this to practice using drama skills.
  • Specific sections of the music, singing songs and performing with percussion instruments to strengthen understanding.
  • The ‘tempo‘ (or speed) of sections of music through expressive performance.

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Click here to go to Lesson Content

Click here to go to Assessment

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Year 1 Assessment & Homework

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

Assessment:

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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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Homework

  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.

Lesson Content Year 1

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There are 10 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: Discuss different royals that the children are familiar with (either real or cartoon), and known features to do with royalty e.g. wearing a crown, ruling a country etc.

NB: Questioning in the ‘assessment’ section for this lesson provides some good discussion points.

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2. Explain Explain that each of those royals has a story about them.

Introduce Prince Caprice and Princess Fantasia – [you can show the class their picture]  and discuss features, etc.

Explain the basic storyline of Voyage to the Moon and that it is set to music – you can alternatively have the pupils describe what they see on the cover, and discuss ideas about space, astronauts, etc.

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3. Discussion: Orchestra:
  1. Show the class the picture of the orchestra.
  2. Spell out the word together and discuss the connection with the music/story. (For example: Music can tell a story – it can take us on adventures through our imagination.)
  3. Explain that the orchestra is a group of very special musicians whose music is going to tell us the special story of the Prince and Princess.
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4. Explain:
  1. That the Prince must sing a special song to tell people about his dream of going to the moon.
  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 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?
  4. Who plays an instrument?
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 7. Storytime: As the music plays, show children story pages 1-3, and then sing the chorus with actions together.

After they have sung the chorus read page 4.

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Music + Vocals:

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8. Instrument Time:
  1. Hand out untuned/percussion instruments to each member of the class.
  2. Play the music from the beginning and have the class play their instruments loudly, pretending they are guests at the princes party.
  3. At the pause, tell them to play quietly and take a deep breath, pretending they can see the prince arrive.

NB: Sing the prince’s song at the chorus with actions

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Music + Vocals:

Music Only:

 9. Movement to Music: Play the music and ask children to move at the speed the music is playing either by dancing, marching, etc.
10. Activity: Have the children draw their own picture about the Voyage to the Moon story so far – having the page titled “Voyage to the Moon”, examples:

  1. The rocket
  2. Earth/Moon
  3. Prince/Princess
  4. Grand Party etc.
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Downloadable and Printable lesson content

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Preparation Year 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. NB: Visit the ‘assessment’ tab under Lesson 1 for our questioning examples

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2. Read the story:

Read the storybook to become familiar with the story (trial version of this programme only includes part of 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 to become familiar with our narrated story to music (one way that this can be done!)

Relevant story pages for this lesson: 1-4:

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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:

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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 introduction 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
– Practice playing along to the music with untuned instruments, matching the tone of the music as your play

Introduction & 1st chorus/Prince’s Song

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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
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7. Key vocabulary: 

Character names

Composer

Jacques Offenbach

Voyage

Voyage to the Moon

Character names (royal family):

Composer:

Jacques Offenbach:

Voyage:

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. 

Year 1: Lesson 1

The overall idea of topic one is to introduce the children to the key basic elements of Voyage to the Moon; the music, the story, the prince’s song and key musical concepts!
In Lesson 1 you will:

  • Introduce the ‘Voyage to the Moon‘ music and story, exploring the connection between both;
  • Explore the connection between ‘instruments’, ‘musicians’ and ‘the orchestra’, and how music can tell a story;
  • Listen and respond to specific sections of the music, singing songs, analysing tone, acting and performing with percussion instruments to gain familiarity and strengthen understanding of musical concepts,

Click here to go to Preparation
Click here to go to Lesson Content

Click here to go to Assessment

 

Reception: Lesson 1

The overall idea of topic one is to introduce the children to the key basic elements of Voyage to the Moon; the story, the composer, the Prince’s Song and of course, the music itself!
In Lesson 1, you will:

  • Discuss the concept of ‘Authors’ (writers of stories) & ‘Composers’ (writers of music).
  • Introduce the composer, Jacques Offenbach, and the piece of music – Voyage to the Moon (VTM).
  • Introduce the ‘Voyage to the Moon’ story – engaging in literary discussions to do with scenery and characters.
  • Connect the music and story through imaginative story time.
  • Engage with non-music themes such as ‘space’ and ‘royalty’.
  • Introduce the concept of the orchestra and the instruments that are in the orchestra.

Click here to go to Preparation

Click here to go to Lesson Content

Click here to go to Assessment

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Downloadable version (for planning purposes):

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Topic 1: Meet the Composer of the Music

The overall idea of topic one is to introduce the children to the key basic elements of Voyage to the Moon; the story, the composer, the prince’s song and of course, the music itself!

     In the Circle Time, you will:

  • Introduce the concept of a ‘composer’ – the writer of a piece of music
  • Introduce the piece of music – Voyage to the Moon (music)
  • Introduce the composer of ‘Voyage to the Moon’ – Jacques Offenbach.
  • Introduce the ‘Voyage to the Moon’ story

Click here to go to Preparation
Click here to go to Lesson Content

Jacques Offenbach

     In the Active Lesson, you will:

  • Explore the ‘Voyage to the Moon’ music and story
  • Sing songs that will be repeated in every lesson
  • Connect the music and story through imaginative story time
  • Provide opportunity for expression through exploring the music

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Click here to go to Lesson Content

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Lesson Content: Circle Time

There are 7 activities to complete during Circle Time 1. Always remember to prepare first, using our preparation guide to this Circle Time!

Here is a downloadable/printable version:
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Lesson Activities

1) Welcome Children: Welcome the children to the circle time with a song or other preparation
2) Discussion: Ask the children about their favourite stories and songs
3) Explain: Explain that stories and songs have been made for them! And just like a story has an author, music has a special writer – the composer!
4) Play the Music:

 

Play a section of the music and tell the children that it has been written to help a prince feel brave enough to travel to the moon

Ask questions about space to develop an understanding of the world
5) Read the Story:

 

Read the first page of the story and introduce Jacques Offenbach as the composer of the music.

Page 1Discuss his appearance

Suggest your own opinions and prompt the children to describe his features
(colours, proportions, emotions etc.)

 6) [optional] Watch the Video:  Show the class the video of Offenbach’s life:

Discuss different things that the children see in the video
 7) Drawing Activity: Have the children draw pictures of the props that will be used in the Active Lesson:
a rocket, a French Flag etc.
Prompt the children by showing them the work you created during preparation.You can play the ‘Voyage to the Moon’ music, or any other classical music as the children draw. We recommend:Clementi – Piano Sonatas
which you can find on iTunes or YouTube

The Illustrated Adventure of Voyage to the Moon: EYFS

OPEN SLIDESHOW

NB: In this trial, you will be able to view pages 1-7 only. These are the pages used in Lesson 1, and a sneak preview at what happens from page 4, which is for Lesson 2.

Scroll down or ‘click “open slideshow” in the top right hand corner to join the illustrated adventure.

To download and print the story pages, scroll down to the very bottom of this page.

Listen to the music as you read:

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Assessing Development Reception

Assessment Sheets can be downloaded from this section. Scroll down for explanations about the following assessment documents:

  1. The ‘Crescendo’ Ladder
  2. The Development Chart
  3. Questioning Sheets

1. The ‘Crescendo’ Ladder

What is the Ladder?: The ladder explains the different skills that should be developed through the programme. Level 1 is the lowest, level 5 is the highest:slide1

What is a Crescendo?: Crescendo is the Italian word for ‘growing’, and the musical term for ‘getting gradually louder’. This is what a crescendo symbol looks like: Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 06.25.52

Assessment by Topic: Each topic comes with it’s own ladder, which can be found by scrolling to the bottom of this page and ‘downloading’ each ladder.

2. The Development Chart

This is a simple assessment sheet to help you track each child’s development throughout the pack. It uses a ‘traffic light’ colour code in order to make tracking simpler. You will need to download and print a sheet for each child (scroll to bottom of the page). You can either ‘tick’ boxes, or add a number from the ‘Crescendo Ladder’ (above).

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3. Questioning

Question sheets are provided within ‘Assessment & Homework’ for each lesson. Here is an example of the questioning sheet, from Lesson 1:

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Downloadable Sheets: (Make sure these pages are printed landscape!)

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Downloadable Sheets: Crescendo ladders for each topic (lesson 1 provided for trial pack):

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