Lesson 1 Content


There are 12 exercises to complete during Lesson 1 + 1 homework.

  • 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:

Using the story pictures, ask the class how they thought the tone of the music reflected things that happened in the story at different parts.

1. Discussion: Fairytales: Favourite fairy-tales:

  • Discuss favourite fairy-tales (either from books or television) and common components.
  • Write these components on the board (e.g. prince, princess, castle, love, villain, fiction, imagination, talking animals/objects etc.)
2. Explain Explain that we will now discover a fairytale.

This fairy tale is special because it is told through story, pictures and most importantly through music.

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3. Introduce: Prince Caprice 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 – “we will listen to a really special piece of music, that will help us discover more about Prince Caprice’s adventures to the Moon”.

4. Story: Read pages 1, 2 & 3. You can have a volunteer read each sentence, or have the class read aloud together.

Discuss ideas presented in the story pages – refer to ‘questioning’ in the ‘assessment’ tab for this lesson.

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5. Introduce the 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.”.

6. Performing to Music:
  1. Hand out untuned instruments.
  2. Tell the pupils that they will now hear the music that accompanies the story, so to play their instruments like they are at a party, listening out for the ‘pause’ where they must stop playing, playing quieter.

7. Responding to Music: Acting: Complete the following steps for this exercise:

  • Ask for a volunteer to pretend to be the king. The rest of the class are to be party guests or musicians (use instruments if available).
  • Play the music
  • the teacher to be narrator
  • Party guests dance
  • Musicians play instruments
  • All pause together and look in same direction at ‘palace gate’

8. Introduce the Prince’s Song:  

  1. Introduce the prince’s song.
  2. Before reading the lyrics together, explain the purpose of the song.
  3. Ask what the class thinks the music will sound like during the chorus.
    – Have everyone read through the song lyrics together
    – Read again with the actions
    – Teach with the tune (play the music)

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Music + Vocals:

Music Only:


 9. What happens next?: Read the next part of the story (page 4)

Explain that you will discover more about the prince’s adventures in the next lessons.

10. Reacting to Music: Repeat Activity 7. Have pupils switch roles.

Make sure pupils listen for the ‘tone’ of the music, and match tone with their facial expressions and movements.


11. Discussion: Musical Connections: Using the story pictures, ask the class how they thought the tone of the music reflected things that happened in the story at different parts. slide12

 12. Activity: Musical Connections: This activity uses the ‘signs’ found in the preparation section of this lesson.

  • Point out the sign in each corner of the room and read them aloud with the class. Tell the class you will play the music and they have to move to each corner when that part of the story is happening in the music.
  • To make this fun, they can each be given untuned instruments and when they get to the correct corner can play them with the music.
  • To make this harder, play the clips separately and NOT in chronological order.


13. Recap Key Vocabulary: Discuss the key words. Ask pupils what they associate with these words and write the answers on the board.

Musician: A musician is a person who plays a musical instrument

Orchestra: A group of musicians who play together

Anticipation: To expect, or to look forward to

14. Activity:
  • Split the class into groups of 4.
  • Hand each group a page from the story heard so far.
  • Ask each group to design/draw a poster of their part of the story.
  • Collect for future lessons.
  • You can play the music on repeat as they do this.



Homework: Fairy tales are full of imaginary and impossible characters – animals that talk, objects that dance, people who fly.

Imagine that you are in a fairy tale. Write a list of five imaginary or impossible characters that you would hope to meet! The list can be illustrated.


Downloadable and Printable lesson content

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