Famous for more than Five Minutes
Composers

Learn about the lives and musical contributions of two musical child prodigies from different eras: today's Andrew Lloyd Webber and the eighteenth-century Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Compare their achievements, timelines and talents. Examine feelings, such as suspense and excitement, arising from listening to musical extracts. Look at the differences between their eras be transported to the theatre to experience the music they are famous for. Create musical theatre boxes and work together to create a class presentation.

Session 1 Fact finders

Objectives

History

  • Learn about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.

English

  • Ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about the lives of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and take part in a fact finding mission.

Teaching Outcomes
To learn about and compare the lives of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
To create a fact page about either Andrew Lloyd Webber or Mozart.
To ask questions about Andrew Lloyd Webber and Mozart.

Children will:

  • Learn about and compare the lives of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
  • Create a fact page about either Andrew Lloyd Webber or Mozart.
  • Ask questions about Andrew Lloyd Webber and Mozart.

Provided Resources

  • Mozart timeline, facts, figures and introduction
  • Looking fantastic in the 18th century
  • How are they different and how are they the same? (Venn diagram)
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber timeline, facts, figures and introduction
  • Looking fantastic in the 21st century
  • The 18th- and 21st-century audiences
  • Images of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Andrew Lloyd Webber

You Will Need

  • Large space such as school hall
  • Clipboards
  • Blu-Tack

Session 2 Mood music

Objectives

History

  • Learn about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.

Music

  • Use voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
  • Play tuned and untuned instruments musically.

Teaching and Activities

Discover how music creates mood and atmosphere, be introduced to the musical CATS and use the first verse of the poem to compose a musical accompaniment.

Teaching Outcomes
To learn about Andrew Lloyd Webber´s famous musical CATS.
To compose a piece of dramatic music, experiment with making sounds with instruments and using voices expressively.

Children will:

  • Learn about Andrew Lloyd Webber's famous musical Cats.
  • Compose a piece of dramatic music.
  • Experiment with making sounds with instruments and using voices expressively.

Provided Resources

  • Mood face resource;
  • First verse of the poem Macavity by TS Eliot
  • Composition notes and examples

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Session 3 Whose line is it anyway?

Objectives

History

  • Learn about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.

Music

  • Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.

Teaching and Activities

Understand more of Mozart’s and Andrew Lloyd Webber´s methods of writing and their lives in the 18th and 21st centuries.

Teaching Outcomes
To compare the differences between ways of life in the 18th and 21st centuries.
To experiment playing the notes 'C', 'E', and 'G' on the keyboard.

Children will:

  • Compare the differences between ways of life in the 18th and 21st centuries.
  • Experiment playing the notes 'C', 'E', and 'G' on the keyboard.

Provided Resources

  • Timeline resource
  • Images of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber and Mozart thought bubbles resource
  • Corresponding answers resource

You Will Need

  • Mystery objects
  • A bag
  • 2 sorting hoops
  • White stickers for labelling the keyboard

Session 4 A night at the theatre

Objectives

History

  • Learn about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.

Music

  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about Opera and Musicals, listen to music extracts and discover the music they are famous for.

Teaching Outcomes
To learn about Mozart and Andrew Lloyd Webber and the music they are famous for.
To listen to extracts of Mozart and Andrew Lloyd Webber's live music.

Children will:

  • Learn about Mozart and Andrew Lloyd Webber and the music they are famous for.
  • Listen to extracts of Mozart and Andrew Lloyd Webber's live music.

Provided Resources

  • Music critic resource - hard to medium
  • Music critic resource - easy

You Will Need

  • A cloak

Session 5 Theatre then and now

Objectives

History

  • Learn about the differences between ways of life at different times.

D&T

  • Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks.

English

  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.

Teaching and Activities

Compare theatre in the 18th and 21st centuries and make musical theatre boxes and characters.

Teaching Outcomes
To learn about the theatre in the 18th century and today.
To select tools and equipment to build a theatre box and characters.
To compare 18th- and 21st-century theatre through a class discussion.

Children will:

  • Learn about theatre in the 18th century and today.
  • To select tools and equipment to build a theatre box and characters.
  • Compare theatre in the 18th and 21st centuries through a class discussion.

Provided Resources

  • Theatre posters from the past
  • Robert Windsor’s account of going to the theatre in the 18th century
  • Present day images of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
  • Instructions on how to make a theatre box

You Will Need

  • Cereal boxes
  • Decorating materials
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Blu-tack

Session 6 Theatre box presentations

Objectives

History

  • Learn about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.

English

  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.

Teaching and Activities

Refer back to work completed over the past sessions and create a presentation to share knowledge gained and a secret fact!

Teaching Outcomes
To consolidate research on Andrew Lloyd Webber and Mozart and their lives in the 18th and 21st century
Work in pairs to present historical research.

Children will:

  • Consolidate research on Andrew Lloyd Webber and Mozart and compare their lives in the 18th and 21st centuries.
  • Work in pairs to present historical research.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • All the work completed during sessions 1-5
  • Sufficient torches for children to use