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There are 11 exercises to complete during Lesson 7.

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Lesson Content + Exercise Information:

1. Discussion: Creating Quiet Sounds:
  1. Discuss different sounds we make with our voices; whispering, talking, screaming, shouting, crying, etc.
  2. After each suggestion, have the class make the sound together (you can count to three and have them create the sound after 3)
  3. Suggest different scenarios and ask individuals what sounds are appropriate for the setting:
  • when you are at a party,
  • when someone comes up behind you and shouts ‘boo’,
  • when you are in a library,
  • when we hear the prince’s song,
  • when we are sad,
  • when you find something funny,
  • when we are in the classroom (indoor voices)

2. “Play a ‘Soft’ Sound” Song:
  1. Select one untuned instrument e.g. a drum.
  2. Sit in a circle.
  3. Teach the words, tune and actions to the ‘Play a ‘Soft’ Sound’ song, with the teacher as the first ‘name’.
  4. Go round the circle allowing each pupil to have a go at creating soft sounds alone – first the whole class sings, inserting the name of the person with the instrument, and then the instrumentalist must play a soft sound.
  5. Time-saving: have 2 instruments and 2 pupils playing at once, only singing once instead of twice.
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Recording: Piano & Vocals:

Recording: Piano Only:

3. Explain the connection to ‘Voyage to the Moon’:
  1. Explain how musicians in the orchestra are given instructions to play their instruments loudly or softly. They play to match the mood of the characters. When they play softly it usually means that the characters in the story are nervous, calm, relaxed or peaceful.
  2. The word for quiet or soft in music is ‘piano’ – have the class say the word piano with you softly.
4. Introduce Penelope Piano:
  1. Introduce Penelope Piano.
  2. Ask which letter of the alphabet she looks like.
  3. Explain that the ‘p’ appears on music so musicians know when to play quietly.
5. Read the Story: Read page 25 of the story and discuss key ideas (see questioning). Page 25
6. Discuss and Recap the Story: Discuss what has previously happened in the story and what is currently happening.

Play the music in the background as you discuss to help prompt.

7. Read the Story:
  1. Read page 26 of the story
  2. Read the poem to the class in a soft voice.
  3. Afterwards, test and ask how you say soft or quiet in music – have children put hand up and pick several to repeat the word ‘piano’.
  4. Read the poem to the class again, missing out these key words:
    Line 1: Piano,
    Line 2: Softly
    Line 3: ‘p’
    Line 4: soft’s
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8. Instrument Time: match the ‘loudness’ of the music!:
  1. Hand out untuned instruments.
  2. Explain that you are going to listen to the music so far and play along with the orchestra.
  3. Everyone must play their instruments and watch for when you hold up Penelope Piano’s sign.
  4. The children must change the volume of their instrument as they play.
  5. As the music plays, discuss which instruments are playing, and what was happening in the story (from previous lessons).

9. Why did the music first turn quiet?: Ask the children to turn to the person next to them and discuss why the music may have turned quiet – what were the orchestra musicians who were playing at the party feeling? Then ask for suggestions.

10. Should I be ‘loud’ or ‘quiet’?
  1. Spell out the word ‘soft’ as a class using sounds – suh och fuh tuh – have pupils come and write each letter on the board, others to draw in the air with their finger
  2. Ask if the children must be loud or quiet in the following situations:
  • When you need to talk to the teacher and the teacher is talking to someone else.
  • When you are playing in the playground.
  • When the teacher asks the class a question and you know the answer (put your hand up and sit quietly).
  • When you are in the library.
  • When you are singing on a stage to an audience.

You can add suggestions to those above.

 11. Art: Creative Activity:
  1. Hand out a plain piece of A4 paper to each child.
  2. Have them draw Penelope Piano and write ‘Piano’ at the top.

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