There are 12 suggested activities below for the teacher to complete in order to prepare for teaching  ‘lesson content’ for lesson 4:

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: Expression:

Prepare for a discussion on ‘expression’

– Prepare questions; to prompt the class about how to express feelings and emotions; to invite a discussion about situations when these emotions may arise


3. ‘Music Adventure’ song

  • Sing the ‘Music Adventure’ song repeatedly until learned off-by-heart
  • Ensure you can sing it fluently with the ‘music only’ recording

What are we going to do today, do today, do today? What are we going to do today, on our music adventure?

Music + Vocals:

Music Only

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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: 14-18:

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5. The ‘Brass Family’: French horn:
Become familiar with the different instruments that play the ‘Voyage to the Moon’ music, and the ‘families’ they belong to, especially the ‘Brass Family’

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


Note familiar shapes seen on the French horn – triangular flared bell, circular coils, etc.

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




6. ‘Freddy the French Horn’ Poem:

  • Practice reading the poem until learned off-by-heart
  • Speak in a slow, mellow voice


7. Sound of the French horn:

Become familiar with the differences in sound between the instruments:

  • Listen to the introduction of ‘Voyage to the Moon’ being played by the whole orchestra, then by the French horn only and then by the violin only – note the difference in timbre (distinctive sound)
  • Listen to the final verse of music – the tune is being played by the French horn (and then the flute) – take note of the tone of the music
  • The French horn also plays the chorus of ‘Voyage to the Moon (or the Prince’s Song). Practice singing the song in a ‘calm’ voice
  • Watch the video of a French horn being played 

French Horn Definition:

French Horn playing the introduction tune:


Violin playing the introduction tune:

Whole orchestra playing the introduction tune:

Chorus/Prince’s song – played by the French horn:

Video of French horns playing:

8. The Coil Game:

Become familiar with how to direct the coil game by watching the video example

9. Holding the French horn

Practice the movements to hold and play the French horn (you may cut out a picture of Freddy and stick it on card)
  • Practice with and without the music (chorus and beginning of final verse of ‘Voyage to the Moon’) – where the French horn has a solo
  • When practicing with the music, match the speed/tempo of the music

Final Verse of the Music:

Whole Piece of Music:



10. Resources to bring to the lesson:

  • Percussion (untuned) instruments – one for each child
  • Plain A4 paper for each child
  • Colouring pencils etc.
11. Key vocabulary: 

French horn

Brass Family


French Horn:

Brass Family:


12. Run through:

The lesson aims & objectives (found when you first click on Lesson 2)

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.