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There are 7 exercises to complete during Lesson 5

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Lesson Content + Exercise Information:

Display the story pages to the class

1. Present chorus songs from Lesson 4:  Ask for volunteers to read their storylines and sing the lyrics they have created to the chorus tune. (final activity from lesson 4)

You can play the chorus tune in the background as they sing.

Give the class 5 minutes to practice



2. Discussion: authors: Ask children what an author is; ask for an example of an author of a book they have read.

Ask if anyone knows what the word ‘composer’ means.



3. Explain: That just how the children have created their own story, each piece of music has been created by a ‘composer’.

A composer is like an author of a piece of music.

4. Introduce: The class the picture of Jacques Offenbach.

Explain he is the man who wrote Voyage to the Moon and that he wrote it over 200 years ago.




5. Video Clip:
  1. Show The class the video of Offenbach’s life.
6. Observation Activity Sheet: Hand out the composer observation sheet to each child – you can play the video again if help is needed. slide7
7. Performing: Composer Exercise: 


  1. Ask each student to come up with two actions/scenes that their homework character could be doing in their stories. If there is no homework, tell the students to use their favourite story characters they used in the final activity of lesson four.
  2. They should write these down, including which untuned instruments could be used to illustrate this. And why those instruments were chosen, what the character was feeling or experiencing at that point.

    Allow at least 10 minutes for preparation – for children who finish quickly, check their work and offer suggestions for improvement/further actions their character could undertake with instruments to support these.
    At this time the teacher can go around and check each person’s homework and how they are tackling the exercise.

Ask for volunteers to present their compositions to the class.

[Optional] record the compositions.

Collect all sheets to bring to next lessons.


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