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There are 12 exercises to complete during Lesson 8.

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Lesson Content + Exercise Information:

1. Discussion: Loud Sounds:
  1. Ask the children to name different sounds we create with our voices – whispering, singing, talking, shouting, laughing, crying, screaming 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/talking) etc.

2. Time to Make Loud Sounds, Song:
  1. Ask if the class knows the word ‘pound’ and if they think it would be a loud or quiet noise.
  2. Explain that when you hit something hard, like a drum, it means you pound it – have everyone repeat the word pound with you – explain they will now use the word pound in a song
    Teach the words and actions to the ‘loud sounds’ song:

Clap my hands, 1 2 3, pound, pound, pound; now it is _______’s turn to make a loud sound

  • Go around the circle, starting with the teacher, and have everyone sing the ‘loud sound’ song – insert the name of a child and have them make loud noises at the end of the song (using a drum, clapping, their voices etc. – if a drum is used, pass it round the circle in turn).
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Recording: Piano & Vocals:

Recording: Piano Only:

3. Introduce the term ‘forte’, and recap ‘piano’:
  1. In the prince’s music, sometimes the orchestra or instruments play loudly and sometimes they play softly.
  2. When they play loudly it usually means something fun, exciting or scary is happening in the prince’s story.
  3. The word for loud in music is ‘forte’ – have the class say the word forte with you loudly.
  4. Hand out untuned instruments.
  5. Point to each ‘piano’ and ‘forte’ in turn, and have pupils play instruments saying ‘soft’ or ‘loud’ as they play.
  6. Repeat above

Ask the class to remember what the word for quiet is? (‘piano’)

4. Sing the ‘Adventure Song’ and introduce Frederick Forte: Sing the adventure song and then introduce Frederick Forte:

  1. We’re going to find Frederick Forte.
  2. When the music is playing, Frederick Forte sometimes appears to tell the instruments to play loudly.
  3. Ask if anyone has spotted an ‘f’ sign somewhere in the classroom and bring it over.
  4. Explain this is Frederick Forte’s sign and ask the class if it means ‘soft’ or ‘loud’
Adventure song: Recording: Piano & Vocals:
5. Read the story: Read page 27 of the story:

  1. Discuss what happened – question the pupils (you can use the ‘questioning’ sheet for this lesson, found in assessment)
  2. Base the questions and discussion on who is inside the rocket, if it is night or day (look at sky colour), interactive answers (all do 3-2-1 blast off as a class, pretending to be a rocket).

Read page 28 of the story:

  1. You can repeat the top sentence again, slowly, with the class joining in as you say ‘louder, louder and louder’.
Page 27


6. Frederick Forte Poem:
  1. Tell the class you will read the poem again.
  2. The class are to say the word ‘loud’ with you as you read it in the poem.
  3. To prompt response timing, indicate when to say the word ‘loud’ with a hand action e.g. clapping your hands.
  4. Read the poem quietly, except for the word ‘loud’.
7. Listen for ‘loud’ and ‘soft’ in the music:
  1. Play the music (first verse).
  2. Ask if anyone remembers what is happening in the story during this point in the music (there is a party in the palace as everyone is excited to welcome home the prince).
  3. As it plays, ask the pupils if they think Frederick Forte has told the orchestra to play loudly, or Penelope Piano has told them to play softly.
  4. Repeat the same exercise after the ‘pause’ (when the prince arrives and is nervous).

8. Play instruments to match ‘loud’ and ‘soft’ in the music:
  1. Hand out untuned instruments.
  2. Play the first verse of the music again; point to the forte sign and have the children play their instruments loudly.
  3. As the music plays, narrate what is happening in the story e.g. “everyone is excited at the party and the orchestra play their instruments loudly”.
  4. The pupils can pretend to be the proud orchestra members.
  5. Then put down the sign and play quietly for the rest of the verse, pointing to the ‘piano’ sign.

To build confidence, you split the class into groups of 3. Have each group come to the front and play their instruments loudly to the music as the others clap in time with the music.

9. Read the Story: Play the chorus music as you read page 29 of the story.

  1. Discuss why they changed their music from loud to soft.
  2. Discuss things found in space.
Page 29

 10. The Prince’s Song:
  1. Sing the prince’s song together with the music
  2. Tell the children to sing really loudly so that Princess Fantasia can hear them from the moon and this will make her excited.
  3. Recap which instrument played the music (French horn).
  4. Play music again and have pupils pretend to be a French horn, cupping their mouths and singing the tune using the word ‘dooo’.

Perform the actions too!

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Recording: Piano & Vocals:

Recording: Music only:

 11. Literacy Activity:
  1. Spell out the word ‘forte’ as a class using sounds – fuh och ruh tuh eh
  2. Have pupils come and write each letter on the board, others to draw in the air with their finger

Ask for suggestions of animals or everyday sounds that make loud noises e.g. a lion roaring, the school bell ringing, a police siren etc.

 12. Art Activity:
  1. Hand out a plain piece of A4 paper to each child.
  2. Have them draw an animal or everyday object that makes a loud noise.
  3. They should also draw the ‘f’ sign next to it (for advanced students, write the word ‘forte’ on the page).

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