Reception l11: Background Information

Lesson 11 focuses on the final instrument in the Voyage to the Moon orchestra – the Flute! This works well as the final lesson, as the Flute’s solo is heard at the very end of the music/story. It is important to find out first if any children are familiar with this instrument. If they are, have them describe it’s size and to describe it’s sound (high, soft, pretty, squeaky etc.). They can demonstrate this with a note on the piano or with a low sounding untuned instrument.The Flute is introduced to the class as Flora the Fluttering Flute, as her music is pretty like a fluttering butterfly. In shape and size, she is similar to the Oboe, and is also a part of the ‘Woodwind Family’. We like to say that Flora Flute is Olive the Oboe’s sister, and then children compare their own experiences with siblings.

The video for lesson 12 shows the teacher how to use the paper cut out sheet to create their own flute. It then demonstrates the proper position to hold the flute when playing it. In class, the flute can be coloured in either silver/grey or brown – this is because, as a member of the Woodwind family, the flute is either made from metal or wood. Just like with the Oboe, you play the Flute with all ten fingers and by blowing through a mouthpiece. The mouthpiece creates sound and the holding your fingers over the holes changes the notes you can play. A Flute is a very light instrument to carry and that is why we are making them using paper, to represent it’s lightness.

Flora Flute plays a solo at the end of the music when Prince Caprice finally reaches the Moon and sees Princess Fantasia for the first time. This is when he falls in love with her and he knows that he has to win her heart and his adventures on the moon are about to begin. Flora Flute is important because when she plays, it is the first time ever that Prince Caprice falls in love. It is a beautiful finale to the story and it reflects the pretty, dainty music that the Flute creates.

In this final lesson, there is an exercise to assess the children on the instruments they have learned so far. Working in teams, they will place the instruments into families – Woodwind, String and Brass. They can then come up to the front and describe features about the instruments and their families.