There are 11 suggested activities below for the teacher to complete in order to prepare for teaching  ‘lesson content’ for lesson 7

Instructions: Music Clips: Pictures/videos:
1. Discussion: Quiet Sounds:

Prepare for a discussion on sounds we create with our voices

Prepare different scenarios and ask individuals what sounds are appropriate for the setting:

  • when you are at a party,
  • when someone comes up behind you and shouts ‘boo’,
  • when you are in a library,
  • when we hear the prince’s song,
  • when we are sad,
  • when you find something funny,
  • when we are in the classroom (indoor voices/talking) etc.

2. Piano:

Learn the definition of ‘Piano’ as a rule in music, and become familiar with it’s symbol –

  • Piano (pi-yar-no) – means to play softly


Piano Definition:


Piano Symbol:

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3. ‘Time to Make Soft Music’ Song:

Sing repeatedly until learned off-by-heart

Practice singing names of the students during the space on the third line of the song

Create actions e.g. clap your hands, stand up tall, indicate small with your hands

Recording: Piano & Vocals:

 Recording: Piano Only:

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4. Explanation: Link ‘piano’ to the music:

Explain that, in the prince’s music, sometimes the orchestra or instruments play quietly. When they play softly it usually means that the characters in the story are nervous, calm, relaxed or peaceful.

5The Music:
Take note of sections of music that are quiet and those that are loud or soft:

  • Make sure you practise clapping along (or playing along) with the music in order for you to be aware of when the sections are loud and when soft.
  • Correspond the sections with events in the story. For example, the introduction is loud because the orchestra are playing instruments during a party

6. Penelope Piano Poem:

  • Become familiar with Penelope Piano poem;
  • Practice reading the poem until learned off-by-heart;
  • Speak in a soft voice;

7. 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 pages for this lesson: 26

Page 25

8. Resources to bring to the lesson:

  • Percussion (untuned) instruments – one for each child
  • A printed copy of the sign and piano sign
  • A plain piece of A4 paper for each pupil
  • Writing and drawing equipment
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9. Key vocabulary: 


Piano Definition:

10. Run through:

The lesson aims & objectives (found when you first click on Lesson 7)

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.