There are 15 suggested activities below for the teacher to complete in order to prepare for teaching  ‘lesson content’ for lesson 5:

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: Our hand/fingers: 

Prepare for a discussion about functions we can use our hands and fingers for.

– Prepare questions to prompt the children to share situations where they would use their hands/fingers

Prince Caprice Violet Violin and Cedric next to the rocket
3. “How Many Fingers Do You Have” Song:

Sing the song with the actions repeatedly until learned off by heart.
– Read the words
– Listen to the tune
– Create actions – hold out hands in from and count each finger

Recording: Piano & Vocals:

Recording: Piano Only:

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4. Recap information about Instruments 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 ‘Brass 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



Left to Right:

Violin, Cello, French Horn

5. 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:  19-21


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7. Holding the Oboe:

Practice the movements to hold and play the Oboe (you may cut out a picture of Olive and stick it on card)
  • Practice with and without the music (third verse of Voyage to the Moon) – where the Oboe has a solo immediately after the Cello – 12 seconds into the clip
  • When practicing with the music, match the speed/tempo of the music

Third Verse of Voyage to the Moon:

Whole Piece of Music:


8. Oboe Poem + Actions:

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

I am Olive the Oboe, thin and lean,

I use ten fingers as a team,

Your mouth stays tight around the reed,

To blow clear sounds with grace and speed (or as I need)!




9. Sound Features of the Oboe:

Take note of how the oboe sounds in verse 3.


Tone = excited, duration = jumpy and smooth notes followed by lots of jumpy notes, pitch = high, tempo = fast, timbre = warm


10. Duration:

Duration means the length of the music notes – are they;

  • long; or
  • short.

The oboe plays a solo in verse 3 and plays long and short notes repeatedly.

Watch the video in the third column. The oboe solo starts at 0:14.

In the video, either numbers or the word “and” are sung. Instead, substitute the word “LONG” for the numbers, and the word “SHORT” instead of the word and.

11. 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
  • Instruments! 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

12. 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:

13. Music + Narration

  • For the ‘Movement to Music’ activity, decide how you would like the children to move to the whole piece 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:


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14. Resources to bring to the lesson:

  • Percussion (untuned) instruments – one for each child
  • Plain A4 paper for each pupil
  • Crayons and other drawing material
Olive the Oboe
15. Become familiar with key vocabulary: 


Woodwind Family:


15. 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.