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By Zoe Leafreelance education writer

Feeling brave and confident? Then it’s time to become the star of the show with our advanced assemblies!

Assembly 1

Focus

To understand what skills are needed to make new friends.

Image of young teacher

You will need

Letter in an envelope; telephone; whiteboard/flipchart and pen.

Opening

Enter the hall holding a letter. Explain that on your way to assembly, you saw a fairy godmother! As she was hurrying along, she dropped a letter. Say that you shouldn’t open it, but you don’t know where the fairy godmother lives and it might be important.

Development

Open the letter and read:

Dear Fairy Godmother,

I hope you can help me as I am very sad. The reason why I am so sad is that I have no friends. I live at the top of a beanstalk and no one visits me. Everybody seems frightened. There was a little boy who came up once, Jack, but he ran away when he saw me and has never come back. Nobody wants to be friends with me.

Please help.

The Giant

Discuss the letter with the children – do they know who it might be from? How did the giant behave in the story, Jack and the Beanstalk? (He shouted a lot and was very angry.) Ask the children what they think the giant should do. How can he change his behaviour to make friends? Encourage suggestions such as: don’t shout at people, don’t be angry, be polite, smile, and so on. As the children’s suggestions start to flow, write them down on the whiteboard.

When you have a suitable list, suggest contacting the giant and helping him. Using the telephone as a prop, ring up the giant and have an imaginary conversation. Say the children have some suggestions for him, and read out the list. Continue the conversation so the children hear that the giant sometimes feels left out, nervous and afraid in new situations. Reassure the giant that everyone feels like that sometimes when they have to make new friends. Wish him good luck with all the new suggestions for behaviour, and then end the conversation.

Reflection

Even though the giant is big and strong, he sometimes feels afraid when making new friends. Ask the children if they have ever felt like that. What can we do to make it easier for people to make friends? Ask them to play? Introduce yourself to someone? Share a toy? Talk about how being new and trying to make new friends can sometimes be hard, but if we all try, we can all be friends together.


Assembly 2

Focus

Listening is important.

You will need

Groups of children with musical instruments and props as follows: one group with drums, one group with small mats, one group with flags, and one group with laptops; whiteboard or large piece of paper; mobile phone; Finale of Divertissement by Ibert.

Opening

Walk into assembly and answer your mobile phone. Have an imaginary conversation about an important message. Finish the call, and tell the children that you have just been given an important piece of news on your mobile. Ask them what other ways you could have heard about this news. Talk about ways of communicating today: TV, radio, newspapers, internet, and so on.

Ask how we communicated in the past, and invite the groups of children to perform their actions. Say in the past people beat drums to communicate, fanned mats for smoke signals, used a flag signalling system – and now we can use laptops.

Development

Discuss how we need to communicate, but the communication of the message is no good unless we listen. Invite two children to come out to the front. Sit them beside each other and challenge them to speak to each other simultaneously without hesitation for a full minute. Let the children choose their topic, for example their favourite food, sport or holiday destination. Tell them that while speaking, they have to try and listen to what the other person is saying. Use a timer and at the end of the minute, ask each child to give three points that the other person made. Can they do it? How successful were they at listening and speaking at the same time?

Ask the children watching if they have seen people talking at each other rather than listening to each other. Discuss the difference between hearing something and listening to something. Do the children know what good listeners need to do? Write the results on a whiteboard or large piece of paper. To establish some points, whisper words and ask the children to think about what they are doing as they try to listen to your whispers.

Reflection

How often do the children really listen to their teachers? Their parents? Their friends? Are they just hearing or are they really listening? Tell the children that everyone is going to practise their listening skills. Play the music and encourage the children to listen carefully. Every time they hear the whistle blowing, they have to raise their hands.

After the music, ask the children what listening skills they used, and look back at the list they made. Allow them to think about how they can continue to use their listening skills in school and at home.


Assembly 3

Focus

Caring for each other.

You will need

Whiteboard or flipchart and cards with the following words written on them: Share, Freely, Care, Always, Happy, Moments, Open, Interest, Onward, Looking, Love, Yeah!, School Family; illustrations of the family in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the nativity scene and the three bears from Goldilocks; recording of We are Family by Sister Sledge.

Opening

Look around the room and ask the children what the school is made of. Bricks? Wood? Glass? How many people do the children think helped to build the school? How long do they think it took to build? Ask the children who is in the school. Children? Teachers? Dinner ladies? Caretaker?

Now ask the children who makes the school a school. Is it the builders, or is it the people inside the school, all helping each other and who are here today? Explain to the children that it took many builders to create the building, but it’s the people inside that make it a school.

Development

Show the children the pictures of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the nativity and the three bears, and ask them to name where they are from. Explain that they are all families, and there are lots of different types of families. Some people’s families are big and some families are small.

Tell the children that the school is like a family. Read through the cards on the whiteboard and say that when they are put in a certain order, they reveal why the school is a family. Invite children up to help and, as a team, assemble the acrostic poem:

Share

Care

Happy

Open

Onward

Love

Freely

Always

Moments

Interest

Looking

Yeah!

Reflection

Discuss with the children how we can make our school family a place of love and enjoyment. Invite the children to hold hands with the person sitting next to them to make a chain. Then play We are Family to reiterate the message that the school is one big family.

Reviews

  1. dotsmall
    on 23 January 2010

    Assembly help

    What great ideas. I hate delivering assembly to the whole junior school. Children in year 3 are interested but keeping year 6 in order at the back of the hall is a challange! The Advanced assembly ideas have worked a treat.