Little Red Riding Hood. 4: Stay on the path
Red Riding Hood is determined to stay on the path through the woods...but then she hears the voices of fairies.
Song: 'Stay on the path'
Notice how the music of the verses has a fast, jumpy rhythm. By contrast, the notes of the chorus are slower and smoother.
Practise singing Verse 4 very quietly, then singing louder again for the final chorus.
Remember to take a good breath at the start of each line of the chorus and sing it as smoothly as you can.
Part 4 of the story
Red Riding Hood is getting ready to visit her Grandma. Her Ma reminds her that the path runs all the way to Grandma's cottage in the woods and that Red Riding Hood must stay on it to keep safe. Red Riding Hood opens a green gate and is in the woods on her own for the very first time.
She hears the sound of tiny voices - fairies - and without realising it she starts to stray from the path. Suddenly the fairies disappear and Red Riding Hood finds herself confronted by an animal wearing a straw hat, who claims to be a large, hairy dog. The Wolf, in disguise, asks where Red Riding Hood is going and when she tells him the Wolf suddenly bounds away through the trees. Red Riding Hood is left feeling a little confused...and a little worried...
Click here for the illustrated transcript of the story episode.
Reception / Year 1: Remind the children of the main events of the story so far and ask them to sequence them in the correct order. Ask the children to think of words that describe how Red Riding Hood feels when she sees the fairies.
Year 2: Each verse links an animal with a verb - eg ‘blackbirds singing’. Ask the children to make up some new lines for the song which link other animals with a verb.
Sarah Jane reminds the children how they sang loudly in the song, except for the verse about fairies when they sang very quietly.
Then the children clap loudly and quietly in time to the steady beat of the music, following Sarah Jane's lead. She cues them when to clap loudly and when to clap quietly.
Talk about the variation between loud and quiet in music - called dynamics. Varying the dynamics in a piece of music helps to ensure it remains interesting!
The Wolf's Theme - from Peter and the Wolf, by Sergei Prokofiev (1936).
How would the children describe the music? What is the composer trying to tell us about this wolf?
The music is played by French horns. Can the children name any other brass or wind instruments (trumpet, trombone, bassoon, flute, oboe, clarinet, etc)?
Would this music be good to describe the wolf in our story or not?
Five questions about the story.