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There are 14 exercises to complete during Lesson 11 + 1 homework.

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Lesson Content + Exercise Information:

1. Homework

Collect homework

2. Recap:
  1. On previous discussion topic – Our hands and what we use them for.
  2. Discuss how we use our bodies to play different instruments.

[Pictures of a man playing the different instruments we have learnt so far in order to prompt answers].





3. Discussion: Listening to others:
  1. Hand out untuned instruments to each member of the class.
  2. Go around the circle and ask each child in turn to play a short rhythm on their instrument while the others listen – the teacher can do this first (see example video).

Once everyone has had a go, have everyone play altogether for 10 seconds.



4. Explain
  1. Musicians play their instruments beautifully, but some times when playing together they can play louder or quieter than others, so when we all play together, some instruments may not be heard.
  2. Similarly, there are so many instruments in the orchestra, and sometimes when they play all at the same time, some of them get lost in the background so we can’t hear them!
  3. Today we are going to learn about a special instrument that plays a lot in the prince’s music, but she is very quiet so we can’t hear her until the very end when she plays by herself!


5. Orchestra:
  1. Show the class the orchestra sheet and together name the instruments that have been learned so far.
  2. Ask if anyone can spot the instrument we have yet to meet.
  3. When the flute has been pointed to, explain that this is Olive the Oboe’s sister, Flora Flute.

She has a very quiet sound but she makes beautiful music that sounds like a bird singing.
(ask if anyone can tweet or toot like a bird – do together and then stop).

Play the flute’s introduction music.

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6. Music:
  1. Play audio clip of the orchestra playing together
  2. Ask the children to clap along with the music.
  3. Call out names of 2 children as the music is playing and everyone must stop clapping except for those children until you say “everyone together”. Repeat a few times.

This can alternatively be done with the use of untuned instruments

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7. Recap:
  1. Recap on the story learned so far – use prompts to do this – ask what each instrument felt at each point.
  2. Read page 19
8. Introduce: Flora Flute:
  1. Flora’s poem:

You will want to read the poem in a high and soft voice.
I am Flora the Fluttering Flute

When you blow me, I go ‘toot’ ‘toot’

So hold me out and to the side

And listen to my flute sounds glide

  1. What colour is Flora? Do you think there are similarities between her and her sister (show Olive Oboe).




 9. Demonstrate:
  1. Ask the class how Flora said to hold her?
    1. Show example – Hold it out in front of you or is this to the side – to the side.
    2. Show a video clip of a flortist playing the flute.

10. Read Read page 20, 21, 22, 23 of story  slide12 slide13 slide14 slide15
11. Imagination Time: 
  1. Ask the children to shut their eyes
    (they can do so sitting up or lying down)
  2. Play audio of the flute playing its solo
  3. Clap or Snap for the children to ‘wake up’
  4. Ask the children what they thought about the new instrument’s music – was it loud or soft, was it pretty or ugly, did it play fast or slow?
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Final Verse – Voyage to the Moon:

 12. Movement to Music:
  1. Give children untuned instruments to become the orchestra playing in time with the music
  2. Play the music from the beginning
    1. During the beginning of the first verse, tell the children to either play their instruments low to the ground or high in the air – the whole orchestra is playing therefore it is a chance for choice
    2. In the first verse, when the music pauses, tell the children that the flute is playing so to hold the instruments on their side and bring them near to their faces, and to softly blow onto their instrument
  • For the chorus, tell the children to play their instruments to reflect the mood of the music – prompt by suggesting that it is either soft and relaxing, or loud and scary
    1. As they are playing, ask the class which instrument they think is playing – you can prompt by showing the picture of the French Horn
  1. Verse 2 is the violin solo – tell the students that the violin is playing and that they should hold their instrument like a violin and question them on how to create fast bow actions
  2. For the second chorus, have the children play their instruments softly as they sing the prince’s song
  3. Verse 3 starts off with a low pitch, and then a high pitch
    1. For the low pitch, tell the children that the cello is playing it’s low music so lets play our instruments low to the ground
    2. For the high pitch, tell the children that the music is getting happier and higher so stand up, dance on your tiptoes and play your instruments high in the air
  • Final Chorus – the oboes are playing, tell the children to pretend their instruments are an oboe and to pretend playing it – ask them how many fingers you need to play the oboe
  • Final verse – tell the children to dance or move to the mood of the music

Explain that the French horn is playing first part, and the flute the second



13. Read:
  • page 24 of story
14. Activity:
  1. Hand out A4 plain paper to each child
  2. Have them draw each instrument and write the name of the instrument (you can help them).
  3. Draw prince and rocket


  1. Make your own flute
    1. Keep in mind that this activity can take up time so if you want to do this activity please allow your class extra time at the end of the lesson!


 15. Homework
  1. Research a Leader from History

Hand out worksheet provided in the resources on the portal.


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