There are 13 suggested activities below for the teacher to complete in order to prepare for teaching  ‘lesson content’ for lesson 3:

Instructions: Music Clips: Pictures/videos:
1. Welcome Song:
Decide how to welcome each child to the Circle Time. Practice your welcome.  

  • You may use a ‘welcome’ song that you are familiar with; or,  
  • You can choose to say ‘good morning’ to each child individually; or,  
  • You may use our ‘welcome’ song (listen to music and view lyrics picture)

Welcome to Class: Music & Vocals:

Welcome to Class: Music Only:

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2. Discussion: Family: 

Prepare for a discussion about different family members 

– Prepare questions to prompt the children to share descriptions of specific family members

3. Prepare an explanation about Instrument Families:

Instruments come in groups depending on how they are made, and how they produce sound. These groups are called ‘families’.

In music there are 4 types of instrument families (the 3 you see below, and also percussion)

Become familiar with the different instruments that play the ‘Voyage to the Moon’ music, and the ‘families’ they belong to, especially the ‘String’ Family

  • String Family – Violin, Cello  
  • Brass – French Horn  
  • Woodwind – Oboe, Flute

The Violin and Cello are from the ‘String’ Family

 violin violetcedric cello

The French Horn is from the ‘Brass’ Family

Freddy the French Horn

The Oboe and Flute are from the ‘Woodwind’ Family

Olive the Oboe Flora Flute

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String Family instruments playing together:

From left to right:
Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass

4. Storybook:
Read the whole storybook to become familiar with the story

Click here to go to the storybook

  • While you read the story, listen to the ‘Voyage to the Moon’ music, which you can find in the storybook tab to become familiar with it
  • Take note of key characters, musical concepts and events within the story. Information on characters explored in this topic can be found in the ‘further information & tips tab’ for this lesson
  • In column 2 you can find our narrated story (used for KS1 and KS2)
Relevant story pages for this lesson:  8-12

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5. The Cello – sound & appearance:

Become familiar with features of the Cello in comparison to the violin.

Become familiar with how the Cello is held, and how it sounds.

Listen to the different clips of the Cello from the Voyage to the Moon music

 This lesson focuses on the violin versus the cello; 

1. Size: the violin is much smaller than the cello
2. Placement: the cello has a very long pin that rests against the floor; the violin has a chin rest that rests under your chin
3. Pitch: the cello has a low pitch; the violin has a high pitch

The Violin and Cello are from the ‘String’ Family

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Cello Definition:

Cello playing the introduction tune:

Violin playing the introduction tune:

Third verse of music:

Chorus Music Only – Cello plays HARMONY in background:


Video of cellos and violins playing:


6. Holding the Cello:

Practice the movements to hold and play the cello with a bow AND THE VIOLIN
  • Practice with and without the music (verse 2 of Voyage to the moon – only the violins are playing and then verse 3 where high and low pitch alternate)
  • When practicing with the music, match the speed/tempo of the music

Whole Piece of Music:

7. Cedric Cello Poem + Actions:

Practice the words and actions for Cedric Cello’s poem until fluent + off-by-heart


Recap the violin poem.


8) Verse 3 of the Music:

  • Take note of the tone of the cellos at the beginning of verse 3 – worried, angry- and how the tone lightens as the verse continues.
  • Practice narrating that the music sounds worried because Cedric Cello is worried that his sister will get hurt on the adventure. It then turns lighter as Violet convinces Cedric to join her and he is much happier (see story page 12 to help)
  • Instruments! For the whole of verse 3, practice playing instruments to match the tempo (speed) of the high and low pitch instruments – hold your instrument high in the air or low to the ground to indicate ‘high’ or ‘low’ pitch

Beginning of Verse 3:


Whole of Verse 3:

Tone = scared, Duration = jumpy then smooth music alternating (jumpy like a heartbeat when scared), Tempo = quite fast (imagine saying “no, no, no, no, no, no!”), Pitch = low, Timbre of the cello = heavy


9. Sing the Prince’s song with the actions repeatedly until learned off by heart.
– Read the words
– Listen to the tune
– Watch the video
Can you see? Up in space,
Twinkling stars are all over the place.Moonlight beams, down on me,
I will find a princess there – you’ll see.

Music + Vocals:

Music Only:

Video of the song with actions:

10. Music + Narration

  • Pay special attention to verse 2 and 3 of the music – Violins play alone (solo)
  • For the ‘Movement to Music’ activity (EXERCISE 15 in LESSON CONTENT), decide how you would like the children to move to verses 1, 2, 3 and both choruses (matching the tone of the story)
  • Listen to the narrated version of the music repeatedly so you are familiar with it


  • Create your own narrated version of the story and practice narrating it to the music


Music with Narration:


Music without Narration:


Verse 3 of the Music (high and low pitch):

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11. Resources to bring to the lesson:

  • Percussion (untuned) instruments – one for each child
  • Plain A4 paper for each pupil
  • Crayons and other drawing material
  • printed copy of activity sheet for each child.
12. Become familiar with key vocabulary: 

The Violin and Cello are from the ‘String’ Family

violin violetcedric cello

Cello Definition:

13. Run through:

The lesson aims & objectives (found when you first click on Lesson 1)

The ‘lesson content’  tab, where you will find exercises for this lesson:

  • Ensure you can do all of the exercises.
  • Read through the ‘lesson content’ repeatedly before teaching it in order to be prepared.
  • Play the slideshow (open slideshow button on top corner of page in ‘lesson content’ that will be displayed during the class
  • Download and print the lesson activity sheets at the bottom of the page in ‘lesson content’ – practice explaining the activities as you play the slideshow (see point above)
  • Plan your own answers to the questions you will ask the children to prompt them and retain focus.

The assessment & homework’ tasks for this lesson

The ‘background information’ tab, where teacher can find further information about the lesson, the story, and the music.