There are 8 suggested activities below for the teacher to complete in order to prepare for teaching  ‘lesson content’ for lesson 9

Instructions: Music Clips: Pictures/videos:
1. Discussion: Excitement 

Prepare for a discussion on ‘excitement’ using instruments

– Prepare a list of exciting and non-exciting words e.g. 

Exciting words:
Fun, surprise, shock, excite, jump, fright, loud, scream, party

Non-exciting words:
Dull, quiet, calm, sleeping, dream, whisper,
(It works best if you say a list of the non-exciting ones and then one exciting word towards the end of a list)

2. The Crescendo Symbol:
Learn the definition of a ‘crescendo’ sign/musical instruction:

  • Crescendo is a musical instruction
  • It is the Italian term for ‘growing’.
  • Musical term for ‘getting gradually louder’
  • Practice creating crescendos with your voice, by clapping and when playing instruments such as drums or bells

Crescendo Definition:

Creating a Crescendo:

Crescendo Symbol:

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3.. Storybook:
Read the whole storybook to become familiar with the storyClick 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: 30:

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4. ‘Crescendo Croc’ poem:

  • Practice reading the poem until learned off-by-heart
  • Speak in a soft volume, getting gradually louder
  • Give a loud “snap” at the end, clapping your hands


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5. Crescendo in Verse 2:

Listen to the second verse of the music, where only the violins are playing: 

  • Take note of the crescendo at the end of the verse
  • Practice playing instruments to the music, creating a crescendo, and saying ‘louder, and louder and louder’ as you create one
  • Practice moving your finger along the crescendo sign as the crescendo happens in the music, saying ‘louder, and louder and louder’ as you move your finger

Verse 2 – at the end of the verse the violins create a slight crescendo:

Verse 3 – at the very end, cellos and violins make a crescendo:

Final Chorus – starts loud and continues to get louder:

6. Resources to bring to the lesson:

  • Percussion (untuned) instruments – one for each child
  • Ice-lolly sticks
  • Glue 
  • Small paper triangles (for teeth) 
  • Colouring pencils 
  • Plain A4 paper for each pupil
7. Become familiar with key vocabulary: 

Crescendo Definition:

8. 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.