The Planets | Additional Resources

Music Resources

The BBC included Mars in its first selection of Ten PiecesResources include a full performance, an introduction by Dick and Dom and a lesson plan.

The BBC Bitesize website also features Mars with a film presented by Katie Melua.

Rachel Leach has written detailed lesson plans for work around The Planets and Mars in particular. They are aimed at English Key Stage 2 but may be useful.

There are many performances of The Planets on YouTube and Spotify.

Here are performances by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Richard Hickox.

Mars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQBOcDbzYMw

Saturn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKkmEHeTVGI

Uranus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FK_QkS6uZeE

Jupiter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8J1SL-KhlQ

For variety you might want to sample the rather weird versions created by the Japanese musician Tomita using synthesisers.

Mars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsZqXdPZb8s

Jupiter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDFocqYSrfE

You can hear the extra movement that Colin Matthews wrote for Pluto here.

Pluto, the Renewer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_T5BM_BE8iQ

The American conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein got the New York Philharmonic Orchestra to make up a movement for Pluto on the spot in 1972.

Pluto the Unpredictable https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7xlK5d7Kig

Scientific Resources

NASA - the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States - has an abundance of material about the planets on their website, including text, stills and videos.

The Planets

Mars 

Saturn 

Uranus 

Jupiter

NASA has created 20” x 30” posters for each of the planets and other ‘tourist attractions’ in space which are free to download and print here.