Year 2: Lesson 1


There are 12 exercises to complete during Lesson 1 + 1 homework.

  • Before the lesson:
    • Scroll down the page to view information about each exercise
    • Ensure you have read through the preparation guide to this lesson
  • During the lesson:
    • Press ‘open slideshow’ in the top right corner of the page to display and play lesson resources to the class.
    • Download & print the lesson content information at the bottom of this page to reference during class

Lesson Content + Exercise Information:

Using the story pictures, ask the class how they thought the tone of the music reflected things that happened in the story at different parts.

1. Discussion: Fairytales: Favourite fairy-tales:

  • Discuss favourite fairy-tales (either from books or television) and common components.
  • Write these components down on the board (e.g. prince, princess, castle, love, villain, fiction, imagination, talking animals/objects etc.)
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2. Explain Explain that we will now discover a fairytale.

This fairy tale is special because it is told through story, pictures and most importantly through music.

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3. Introduce: Prince Caprice Introduce Prince Caprice to the class and explain that he is desperate to leave the palace and go on an adventure. Ask pupils where they think the prince wants to travel to. slide02
4. Story: Read pages 1, 2 & 3. You can have a volunteer read each sentence, or have the class read aloud together.

Discuss ideas presented in the story pages – refer to ‘questioning’ in the ‘assessment’ tab for this lesson.

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5. Discuss:  Discuss the key words. Ask pupils what they associate with these words and write the answers on the board.

Musician: A musician is a person who plays a musical instrument

Orchestra: A group of musicians who play together

Anticipation: To expect, or to look forward to

6. Performing to Music
  1. Hand out untuned instruments (if not available proceed to next activity).
  2. Tell the children that they will now hear the music that accompanies the story, so to play their instruments like they are at a party, listening out for the ‘pause’ where they must stop playing, playing quieter.

7. Reacting to Music: Complete the following steps for this exercise:

  • Ask for a volunteer to pretend to be the king. The rest of the class are to be party guests or musicians (use instruments if available).
  • Play the music
  • the teacher to be narrator
  • Party guests dance
  • Musicians play instruments
  • All pause together and look in same direction at ‘palace gate’

8. Explain: Read the next part of the story (page 4)

  1. Introduce the prince’s song.
  2. Before reading the lyrics together, explain the purpose of the song.
  3. Ask what the class thinks the music will sound like during these next parts.
    – Have everyone read through the song lyrics together
    – Read again with the actions
    – Teach with the tune

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Music + Vocals:

Music Only:


9. Reacting to Music: This exercise is similar to activity 7.

  • Keep the same roles from activity 7, select someone to act as the prince. (you can select new roles for everyone also)

Play the next part of the music:

  • Guests and musicians to be staring in worried shock
  • King and prince to act out according to the narration
  • Everyone sing the prince’s song together with the actions

10. Discussion: Musical Connections: Using the story pictures, ask the class how they thought the tone of the music reflected things that happened in the story at different parts. slide12

 11. Activity: Musical Connections: This activity uses the ‘signs’ found in the preparation section of this lesson.

  • Point out the sign in each corner of the room and read them aloud with the class. Tell the class you will play the music and they have to move to each corner when that part of the story is happening in the music.
  • To make this fun, they can each be given untuned instruments and when they get to the correct corner can play them with the music.
  • To make this harder, play the clips separately and NOT in chronological order.


12. Activity:
  • Split the class into groups of 4.
  • Hand each group a page from the story heard so far.
  • Ask each group to design/draw a poster of their part of the story.
  • Collect for future lessons.
  • You can play the music on repeat as they do this.



Homework: Fairy tales are full of imaginary and impossible characters – animals that talk, objects that dance, people who fly.

Imagine that you are in a fairy tale. Write a list of five imaginary or impossible characters that you would hope to meet! The list can be illustrated.


Downloadable and Printable lesson content

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