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 1: Force and Movement Behind Actions:

The discussion revolves around body parts and force required to carry out these actions in a variety of ways. Pupils will need to think about the changes their muscles go through to apply more or less force to a particular task. 

2. Prepare an Explanation: Musicians playing instruments with force?:

Explain that when musicians want to play their music louder, they apply more force in their movements. And when they want to play quieter, they reduce the amount of force.

They have to be careful to control these changes for several reasons.

3. Discussion 2: Symbols and Instructions:

This discussion is about the different symbols and signs we encounter daily that provide instructions.

2. Forte & Piano (plus crescendo recap):

Learn the definitions of ‘Forte’ and ‘Piano’ as rules in music, and become familiar with their signs:

  • Piano (pi-yar-no) – means to play softly  
  • Forte (for-tay) – means to play loudly 

Recap the meaning of a ‘crescendo’

  • Italian term for growing.
  • Musical term for getting gradually louder


Forte Definition:

Piano Definition:

Crescendo Definition:

Forte Symbol:

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Piano Symbol:

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Crescendo Symbol:

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3. Loud and soft in the music:

The first clip is with the narration, the second is without

Recap events in the story, taking notes about the loudness of each section and the instruments that play each section

Note when the music is loud, soft and when there is a crescendo (you can find the annotated sheet music for the whole piece, with dynamics by clicking on the ‘open slideshow’ button in the top right corner – the correct music and narration will be with each page of music).

Practice playing instruments to the music, matching volume

4. Practice Verse 1 of the Music:

Practice playing instruments to the music. Take note of how the loudness of the music matches events from the story.

(you can find the annotated sheet music for the whole piece, with dynamics by clicking on the ‘open slideshow’ button in the top right corner – the correct music and narration will be with each page of music).


Music with narration:

Music only:

5. Learn the poems: Forte & Piano:

Learn the words to the poems so they can be read confidently/off-by-heart

6. Recap Instrument Timbres:

– Timbre is the distinctive sound of an instrument.

– Each of the instruments have been recorded playing the introduction from Voyage to the Moon

– Listen to each of the recordings to hear the distinctive differences between each instrument and take note of their qualities/tone



The Violin – String Family:

The Cello – String Family:

The French horn – Brass Family:

The Oboe – Woodwind Family:

The Flute – Woodwind Family:

7. Resources to bring to the lesson: (Resources to download and print are in the third column, in the order that you see below)

  • A copy of the ‘Teacher Notes’ page for you.
  • A copy of the ‘Sounds we will make’ sheet – you will need to cut up the sheet along the dotted lines before class.
  • Team 1 Activity Sheets, pages 1, 2, and 3.
  • Team 2 Activity Sheets, pages 1, 2 and 3.
  • Team 3 Activity Sheets, pages 1, 2 and 3.
  • Team 4 Activity Sheets, pages 1, 2 and 3.
  • Team 5 Activity Sheets, pages 1, 2 and 3.
  • Teacher Notes for Team 1 and Team 2.
  • Teacher Notes for Team 3 and Team 4.
  • Teacher Notes for Team 5.
  • A copy of the story narration for each pupil.
  • Percussion (untuned) instruments – one for each pupil at least.
  • Writing Equipment.

















































8. Key vocabulary: 





Forte Definition:

Piano Definition:

Crescendo Definition:

9. Run through:

The lesson aims & objectives (found when you first click on Lesson 1)

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.