Preparation for Lesson 1

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. Discussion: Can Music Tell a Story?:

Prepare questions to prompt the students – what kind of music they listen to, the different genres of music that could tell a story, e.g. musical theatre, pop songs, etc.  (see questioning in the assessment tab).

2. Discussion: Planning a Story:

Prepare for a discussion about elements of planning a story.

Prepare questions to prompt the students based on English classes – what ideas do we think about when we plan to write a story.

– Understand that a composer also thinks about these elements when telling a story through music without lyrics (see the ‘background information’ for this lesson)

3. Group Activity:

– The first group activity for year 4 requires students to form groups of 3. 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

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 musicThe second recording is the music without the narration (for comparison)


5. Offenbach and Prince Caprice:

Become familiar with similar characteristics between Offenbach and Prince Caprice to understand how themes in our lives inspire us in writing

– Read the ‘background information’ for this lesson for information on similarities between these characters

– Note down examples of things that inspire you – this will help during inspiration discussion in the lesson

6. Become familiar with the structure of the Voyage to the Moon story
7. 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

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
  • Printed copies of the ‘story scenes’ – there are 4 on the first page (to cut up), and 1 on the second – you will need to hand out at least 10
  • 10 printed copies of the ‘teacher evaluation form’
  • A printed copy of the ‘observation sheet’ for each pupil
  • A printed copy of the ‘composition worksheet 1’ for each group
  • Writing Equipment
  • Lined paper for each pupil


9. Key vocabulary: 

Anticipation: To expect, or to look forward to

(plus key music vocabulary in the next column)

Character names (royal family):


Jacques Offenbach:

Voyage to the Moon:

10. 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.