Y4 Music Lesson - Term 6 Week 3 - 15.06.20



The song - 'Thor on a journey' - is filled with the sound of Thor's hammer that he uses to make thunder. In the story Thor and Loki journey into Jotunheim and meet the giant Skrymnir...who they follow to a castle full of feasting giants.

ENJOY learning the song.


THOR and the GIANTS - PART 2


Thor and Loki continue their journey into Jotunheim, home of the giants. It grows icy cold and when darkness falls they stop outside what they believe to be some sort of building, intending to spend the night inside.

Shortly after they've settled down the whole building starts shaking...and a huge eye appears at the doorway. They are inside a glove...belonging to the giant Skrynmnir. Thor immediately challenges Skrymnir and throws his hammer at the giant three times...but Skrymmir is entirely unharmed.

Skrymnir departs through the snow and Thor and Loki follow him to a palace where there are many other giants. Thor again challenges the giants and Skrymnir asks him to drain a giant drinking horn.

THOR and the GIANTS - PART 3


Thor has failed to empty the drinking horn so he asks for another challenge. This time he is asked to lift a cat off the ground - but again Thor fails. His final challenge is to wrestle with an old lady - who subsequently defeats him.

Thor is shocked and ashamed...but as he and Loki leave for Asgard Skrymnir reveals that the giants defeated Thor with magic: the drinking horn was actually connected to the sea; the cat was really a serpent that wraps its tail around the planet and the old lady was death itself - which no one can defeat.

Thor swears to return for vengeance!


1. What does Loki think the glove is?

2. Who owns the glove?

3. Why can't Thor empty the drinking horn?

4. Why can't Thor lift the cat?

5. Why can't Thor defeat the old lady?

6. How does Thor react to being beaten by magic?

LISTEN to the beginning of this piece - up to 2mins 40

an extract from 'Sinfonietta' by Leos Janacek

The extract is the opening of 'Sinfonietta'by Czech composer Leos Janacek, premiered in 1926. It's a loud fanfare for brass instruments with kettle drums.


1. Can you say what family of instruments is playing?

2. What instruments can you hear?

3. What is a ‘fanfare’? What function do they serve and at what sort of occasions would you hear one?

4. Sounds to listen out for in the introduction to our song include metal instruments (gongs and anvils), loud horn-calls and fanfares



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