There are 8 suggested activities below for the teacher to complete in order to prepare for teaching  ‘lesson content’ for lesson 10

Instructions: Music Clips: Pictures/videos:
1. Discussion: Musical Opposites:

The discussion is an explanation about opposite musical instructions – this lesson focuses on dynamics – loud and soft instructions for music

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

Practice playing instruments to the music, matching volume

4. Learn the poems: Forte & Piano:

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

5. 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:

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

  • 3 printed copies of the ‘task sheet’ (2 on each page so cut up to get 6 copies)
  • A copy of the answer sheet for the teacher
  • A copy of the story narration with punctuation for each pupil
  • A copy of the story narration without punctuation for each pupil
  • Percussion (untuned) instruments – one for each pupil at least
  • All previously made instruments
  • Independent composition work from previous lessons
  • Writing Equipment
  • Lined paper for each pupil


The Task SheetTeacher AnswersStory NarrationStory Narration without punctuation
7. Key vocabulary: 






Forte Definition:

Piano Definition:

Crescendo Definition:

8. Run through:

The lesson aims & objectives (found when you first click on Lesson 10)

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.