Lesson 1 Preparation

There are 10 suggested activities below for the teacher to complete in order to prepare for teaching  ‘lesson content’ for lesson 1

Instructions: Music Clips: Pictures/videos:
1. Prepare for the Discussion: Music in Your World:
The pupils will be given a chance to express their preference of music – this will allow the teacher to help pupils connect with the musical themes and activities of the week. Come prepared with the lyrics of one or two familiar songs that you can use to prompt this discussion.

Read through the questioning for this lesson to become familiar with the types of questions you can ask in the discussion.

2. Prepare an Explanation:

After the discussion, you will need to explain that the music that plays in the background of these songs and the story in the lyrics helps to create a story.

3. Group Activity: Instrument Stories:

– The first group activity for year 3 requires students to form pairs. The teacher can allow students to form their own group, or use this as an opportunity to mix students with different skills/abilities, and separate the class into groups prior to the lesson.

You will need to:

  • Cut up the sentences on the activity sheet – one sentence for each pair.
  • Print a copy of the activity sheet for yourself


The Activity Sheet:



4. Listen to the Music with the Narration:

Listen to the narrated version of the music to become familiar with the story. Take note of:
– Any characters
– Any mention of musical concepts
– The tone of each section/verse of the music.

The second recording is the music with the narration, the first is the music without narration (for comparison). 

NB: tone is how happy, angry, sad, excited etc. the music sounds.




5. Become familiar with the structure of the Voyage to the Moon story
6. Listen to the introduction of the music.
Take note of the tone of the whole verse/chorus, understanding how it correlates to events within the story:

  • At the start, the music is ‘grand’, or ‘proud’, correlating to the royal party, and the ‘proud’ king waiting to hand his throne to his son
  • The music pauses as the orchestra spots the prince arriving – this adds tension to the section
  • After the pause, the musicians start playing quiet, timid music, reflecting the mood of the prince and that of the anxious party guests

Introduction & 1st chorus/Prince’s Song

7. The Prince’s Song: 

Sing the Prince’s song repeatedly until learned off by heart.
– Read the words
– Listen to the tune
– Watch the video
– Practice singing the song and playing instruments (one beat for each syllable)

Can you see? Up in space,
Twinkling stars are all over the place.Moonlight beams, down on me,
I will find a princess there – you’ll see.

Music + Vocals:

Music Only:

Video of the song with actions:

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

  • Percussion (untuned) instruments – one for each pupil at least
  • A printed copy of the ‘story sentences’ for pupils – you will need to cut each sentence so there is a sentence between 2 pupils
  • A printed copy of the ‘story sentences’ for the teacher
  • A printed copy of the ‘observation sheet’ for each pupil
  • A printed copy of the ‘letter from King Vlan’ (will need one between 3 pupils)
  • Writing Equipment
  • A hat/box or other container
  • Lined paper for each pupil


9. Key vocabulary: 

Anticipation: To expect, or to look forward to

(plus key music vocabulary in the next column)


Jacques Offenbach:

Voyage to the Moon:

10. Run through:

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

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 homework’ tasks for this lesson

The ‘background information’ tab, where teacher can find further information about the lesson, the story, and the music.