There are 10 suggested activities below for the teacher to complete in order to prepare for teaching  ‘lesson content’ for lesson 10

Instructions: Music Clips: Pictures/videos:
1. Discussion: Our Fingers:

Prepare for a discussion on ‘our fingers’ and what we can do with them make  using the picture and situations on the right-hand column.

Familiarise yourself with the different finger names below:

  1. Thumb, 
  2. Index finger, 
  3. Middle finger, 
  4. Ring finger, 
  5. Pinky/little finger.





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

Recap how to play each of the instruments learned so far


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

3. Olive the Oboe Poem:

  • Become familiar with Olive the Oboe poem
  • Practice reading the poem until learned off-by-heart
  • Speak in a soft/loud voice

Oboe playing the introduction tune:


4The Oboe:
Become familiar with the Oboe

  • Watch video of a oboist playing an oboe
  • Listen to the introduction of ‘Voyage to the Moon’ being played by the whole orchestra, then by the oboe only and then by the violin only – note the difference in timbre (distinctive sound)
  • Listen to the third verse of music – the oboe is the instrument heard straight after the cello (12 seconds into the clip)

Oboe Definition:

Oboe playing the introduction tune:

Third Verse of Voyage to the Moon:

Violin playing the introduction tune:

Whole orchestra playing the introduction tune:

Video of Oboe playing:

5. 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:


6. Read the Story:

Read the whole storybook to recap the story and all the different instruments, symbols and characters discovered so far

Play the sound file in the next column to become familiar with how our narrated story matches the tone of the music 



Pages for this lesson: 18-21



7. Learn ‘How Many Fingers Do You Have’ Song:  Recording: Piano & Vocals:
Recording: Piano Only:
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8. Resources to bring to the lesson:

  • Percussion (untuned) instruments – one for each child
  • A printed copy of the rocket puzzle for each child in the class.
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9. Key vocabulary: 


Woodwind Family



Woodwind Family:


10. Run through:

The lesson aims & objectives (found when you first click on Lesson 10)

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.