Amazing Assemblies for Primary Schools
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Amazing Assemblies for Primary Schools

25 simple-to-prepare educational assemblies

Mike Kent

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Amazing Assemblies for Primary Schools

25 simple-to-prepare educational assemblies

Mike Kent

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Primary school assemblies should be exciting and interesting. They should allow children to share in valuable learning experiences. Over his 30 years as a head teacher, Mike Kent has developed amazing assemblies that do just this, and he shares them in this new practical resource. Amazing Assemblies for Primary Schools consists of twenty-five very special teacher-led assemblies: ideal for teachers, head teachers and, indeed, anyone who is required to lead assemblies. The assemblies have been designed with the busy teacher or school leader in mind and are really simple to prepare. The detailed instructions outline the resources and preparation needed. Every assembly is straightforward and uses materials that are readily available in school. You'll discover how to fascinate a group of children using little more than a pair of scissors and a few sheets of paper. Just how strong is an eggshell? How can you pick up a bottle without using your hands? How can you make a coin move without touching it? The answers to these questions, and many more, are revealed in this amazing resource: take your children on a journey of hands-on learning and discovery. The tried-and-tested assemblies are ideal for presenting to large groups of children and all have an interactive element, encouraging children to participate as helpers. They cover a vast range of subjects, drawing cross-curricular links from across the primary curriculum. There are science experiments, art demonstrations, problems to solve, word games, maths puzzles, quizzes and much more. Each assembly centres on a theme, which can be developed in many different ways afterwards: follow-up ideas make it easy to explore the learning further. Children can try the ideas themselves in class or at home. Although the assemblies are primarily aimed at Key Stage 2, many are also eminently suited to Key Stage 1. Each assembly outlines the materials and preparation needed, gives step-by-step instructions for introducing and delivering the assembly and offers plenty of follow up ideas. Planning and delivering an innovative, child-centred assembly has never been easier! Amazing Assemblies for Primary Schools is an ideal practical resource for anybody required to take primary school assemblies.

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Year
2016
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9781785831102

WHAT IS THIS ASSEMBLY ABOUT?

Ask anyone to name some fragile objects and an eggshell will probably feature somewhere on the list. In this session, you demonstrate that an eggshell is far stronger than anyone would believe!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

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Half an eggshell
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Four shapes made from stiff card: a circle, a triangle, a square and a rectangle
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A table
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A pile of hardback books, roughly the same size (for the best effect, the books should be about 30 x 20 cm and about 1 cm thick)
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A small block of wood, the same height as the eggshell half
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If possible, a few pictures of bridges that show circular or triangular shapes in their construction

PREPARING THE ASSEMBLY

The eggshell will need to be prepared carefully. Crack an egg as evenly as possible and keep one half (save the other half if you want to do two demonstrations). Using a pair of scissors, trim around the jagged edge so that the eggshell sits neatly on the table. Make sure the whole edge is in contact with the surface so, if it isn’t, do a little more judicious trimming.
The shapes you will need should be constructed from stiff card. Insert brass fasteners that push through and fold back (as shown in Diagram 1) into the corners of the triangle, square and rectangle.

INTRODUCING THE ASSEMBLY

Part 1: Explain that shapes, as well as having different characteristics, have different strengths. Get two children to come out to the front. Ask them to face each other, hold their hands up and then link hands. They should now try to push each other backwards. The rest of the children should watch what happens to their feet. As the two children ‘dig in’ to avoid being pushed backwards, they will move their feet apart, forming a triangle with their bodies. If the children watching can’t see this clearly, explain what is happening.
Part 2: Show that you have made some two-dimensional shapes from some card. Grasp the sides of the square, and pull it into a diamond, showing that the shape can be changed or contorted easily. Do the same with the rectangle. Then show that this is not possible when you grasp the circle or the triangle. These are much stronger shapes, and for this reason are often used in building bridges where strength and stability is needed. Show any pictures or photos you might have.
Part 3: Explain that when a shape is curved and three dimensional it is even stronger. Show the eggshell and ask the children whether they think it is a strong object or a delicate and weak one. They will undoubtedly say it is a weak one. Now place the eggshell on the table and, to its left – about 25 cm away – place the small block of wood. Carefully rest the book on the wood and the eggshell, creating a ‘bridge’. Place another book on top of the first one and then a third. Ask the children how many books they think the ‘bridge’ will hold before the eggshell breaks and the bridge collapses. Most will probably say about seven. Add one book at a time, deliberately building up the tension. Everybody will be amazed at just how many books the bridge will hold.

AND FINALLY

When the bridge eventually gives way under the strain, explain that it’s the shape of the eggshell that gives it its strength. Although the weight of the books is concentrated on one small area of shell, the curved shape means the pressure is actually distributed across a relatively large area. The eggshell is indeed very strong! Perhaps the children can design some other simple but strong bridges and bring them into another assembly.

WHAT IS THIS ASSEMBLY ABOUT?

Numbers are great things to play around with – often with surprising results. This assembly uses coloured paper squares and, starting with just two colours, shows how rapidly colour permutations grow as more colours are added.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Packs of coloured gummed paper squares are a popular item for artwork in primary schools, and you will need four packs, each of a different bold colour – red, yellow, blue and green. If these aren’t available, you’ll need to cut out some squares of coloured card, the sides of each measuring approximately 12 cm, so they can be easily seen from the front by all the children. You’ll need twenty-four pieces of each colour.

PREPARING THE ASSEMBLY

This assembly is very straightf...

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Kent, M. (2016). Amazing Assemblies for Primary Schools ([edition unavailable]). Crown House Publishing. Retrieved from https://www.perlego.com/book/568221/amazing-assemblies-for-primary-schools-25-simpletoprepare-educational-assemblies-pdf (Original work published 2016)
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Kent, Mike. (2016) 2016. Amazing Assemblies for Primary Schools. [Edition unavailable]. Crown House Publishing. https://www.perlego.com/book/568221/amazing-assemblies-for-primary-schools-25-simpletoprepare-educational-assemblies-pdf.
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Kent, M. (2016) Amazing Assemblies for Primary Schools. [edition unavailable]. Crown House Publishing. Available at: https://www.perlego.com/book/568221/amazing-assemblies-for-primary-schools-25-simpletoprepare-educational-assemblies-pdf (Accessed: 14 October 2022).
MLA 7 Citation
Kent, Mike. Amazing Assemblies for Primary Schools. [edition unavailable]. Crown House Publishing, 2016. Web. 14 Oct. 2022.