There are 10 suggested activities below for the teacher to complete in order to prepare for teaching  ‘lesson content’ for lesson 11/

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

Prepare for a discussion on ‘listening to others’ – you will need to recap information on creating rhythms, and c=playing a 3-beat rhythm to the music from the preparation for lesson 7

Prepare an explanation about ‘loudness and listening’:

  • The instruments all need to listen to each other in order to play together.   
  • Some play loudly and some play softly.  
  • Make sure you emphasise that it is important for every instrument to be heard and therefore each instrument gets a chance to play on its own – this is called a solo. 
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

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3. Flora Flute 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 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)

Oboe playing the introduction tune:

Flute playing the introduction tune:

Final chorus and verse:

Video of flute playing:

5) 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)

6) 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:
7. 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: 22-26




8. Resources to bring to the lesson:

  • Percussion (untuned) instruments – one for each child
  • A4 piece of paper for each child 
  • Crayons/colouring pencils
  • scissors
  • a piece of card for each pupil (if you would like to make your own flute)
9. Key vocabulary: 

Woodwind Family


Woodwind Family:

Flute Definition:

10. Run through:

The lesson aims & objectives (found when you first click on Lesson 11)

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.