There are 12 suggested activities below for the teacher to complete in order to prepare for teaching  ‘lesson content’ for lesson 6

Instructions: Music Clips: Pictures/videos:
1. Discussion: Listening to Others:

Prepare for a discussion on ‘listening to others’ – 

  • Musicians play their instruments beautifully, but some times when playing together they can play louder or quieter than others, so when we all play together, some instruments may not be heard.
  • Similarly, there are so many instruments in the orchestra, and sometimes when they play all at the same time, some of them get lost in the background so we can’t hear them!
  • Today we are going to learn about a special instrument that plays a lot in the prince’s music, but she is very quiet so we can’t hear her until the very end when she plays by herself!
2. The ‘Woodwind Family’: Oboe:
Become familiar with the different instruments that play the ‘Voyage to the Moon’ music, and the ‘families’ they belong to, especially the ‘Woodwind Family’

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

Note “why” the instruments belong to their families, and use as prompts in class:

  1. String Family: these instruments create sound when you play their ‘strings’;
  2. Woodwind: you blow ‘wind’ or breath into these instruments and they sound like a bird flying in the ‘wind’.
  3. Brass: the name is in the French horn poem. Brass is a type of gold metal, and the horn is made of brass!


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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3. Recap all instruments:

  1. Recap all poems with actions until known off by heart;
  2. Practice ‘playing’ the instruments, using 1) just your hands, 2) a prop (either a cut-out, a real instrument, or another object as a substitute;
  3. Listen to the whole piece of music and note when each instrument plays:
    Verse 1 part 1 = whole orchestra
    Verse 1 part 2 (after the pause) = the flute
    Verse 1 part 3 (around 0:30) = the violins
    Chorus = French horn
    Verse 2 = violins
    Chorus = French horn
    Verse 3 part 1 = cellos with violins in the background
    Verse 3 part 2 = oboe, then the violin joins in after a while and they alternate
    Verse 3 part 3 = the cellos and violins
    Final chorus = oboe + whole orchestra joins in
    Final verse part 1 = French horn
    Final verse part 2 = oboe then flute

Whole Piece of Music:


Playing the violin and cello:

Playing the French horn:

Playing the oboe and flute:

4. Flora Flute Poem:

  • Become familiar with Flora Flute poem;
  • Practice reading the poem until learned off-by-heart;
  • Speak in a soft/loud voice;
  • Practice the actions.
 5The Flute:
Become familiar with the Flute

  • Watch video of a flautist playing a flute
  • Listen to the introduction of ‘Voyage to the Moon’ being played by the flute only and then by the oboe only – note the difference in timbre (distinctive sound)
  • The flute can be heard during the final chorus with the other instruments and also plays the second half of the final verse of the music (final instrument heard)
  • Flute in the final verse at the end of the verse: happy tone, jumpy and smooth notes, high pitch, fast then slow tempo, gentle timbre.

Oboe playing the introduction tune:

Flute playing the introduction tune:

Final chorus and verse:

Video of flute playing:

6. Holding the Flute:

Practice the movements to hold and play the flute (you may cut out a picture of Flora and stick it on card)

7. Verse 3 – what’s what?

  • Watch the video which tells you when the flute, oboe and violin play during verse 3 – the instruments that are playing have been circled
  • Watch the video repeatedly so that you can confidently tell the children when the different instruments play
  • Practice the actions for each of the instruments at the correct point of the music
Video of when the flute, violin and oboe play verse 3:

8. Instruments for whole piece of music:

  • Practice playing instruments to match the length of the notes
  • The video shows you how to clap to the beat of the introduction (use words long or short instead of numbers to indicate length of the notes)
  • Match the tone of the music and prepare your story for Movement to Music Time
  • Take note of the different instruments that play each section

Whole Piece of Music:


9. 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)



Pages for this lesson: 23-24

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10. Resources to bring to the lesson:

  • Percussion (untuned) instruments – one for each child
  • Cut out and printed on card flute (plus a printed for for each pupil)
11. Key vocabulary: 

Woodwind Family


Woodwind Family:

Flute Definition:

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.