There are 12 suggested activities below for the teacher to complete in order to prepare for teaching  ‘lesson content’ for lesson 8

Instructions: Music Clips: Pictures/videos:
1. Discussion: Responding to Signs:

Prepare for a discussion on ‘responding to signs’. Prepare questions that will prompt pupils to suggest signs or other objects that they are familiar with, and why they do this.

2. Forte:

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

  • Forte (for-tay) – means to play loudly 

Forte Definition:

Forte Symbol:

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3The Music:
Take note of sections of music that are quiet and those that are loud:

  • 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

4. Learn the ‘Time to Make a Beat’ 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, stamp feet, point at student

Recording: Piano & Vocals:

Recording: Piano Only:

5. Recap the ‘Crescendo’ Sign:

  • 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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6. Read the Story:

Read the whole storybook to recap the story – take note of what happens during sections played in forte

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



7. Recapping rhythm:

Go to Lesson 7 preparation to recap knowledge on rhythm from the previous lesson before progressing to preparation activity 7 below.

8. Different Music Notes & their Beat Values:

A ‘crotchet’ or Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 10.04.35, is only one type of music note.

The Beat sheet explains the values of music notes relevant for this lesson

Practice playing the beats on picture 2.

Sometimes a piece can change its’ time signature several times.

Music can switch rhythms e.g. between a ‘2-beat’ and ‘3-beat’ rhythm as in picture 2 (see exercise 9, the introduction for practical examples).

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8. Quavers, Joined Quavers, and Crotchets:

In this lesson, you will only focus on these 3 different beat values.

A quaver has a value of half a crotchet.

9. Practice playing the crotchets and quavers to the introduction:

  1. Clap and count to the music.
  2. Play an instrument and count to the music.
  3. Practice pointing at each note on your screen (or on the whiteboard) as the music plays for when you will direct the class.
  4. Practice all until fluent.

10. Resources to bring to the lesson:

  • Percussion (untuned) instruments – one for each child
  • A printed copy of the forte sign
  • A printed copy of manuscript – 1 between 2 and there are 4 on each printable sheet to cut up
  • A printed copy of the beat sheet (one between 2)
  • A copy of the crossword homework – found in Homework and Assessment.
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11. Key vocabulary: 


Forte Definition:

12. Run through:

The lesson aims & objectives (found when you first click on Lesson 8)

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.