Analyse the impact of series of War Child charity posters that look at child soldiers and the lives of children living in war zones.
Starter: Guess the target audience of 4 texts:
1. CBeebies website
2. Financial Times website
3. New Moon cinema poster
4. Call of Duty COD 4 computer game box cover
Task 1: Groupwork - Analysis of War Child charity posters - available to download from warchild.org.uk/schools
Task 2: Independent written task: Write a newspaper article about the issues raised.
Am doing my PGCE this year, so be please be gentle!
This resource contains a worksheet that assists in the analysis of a Fair Trade Leaflet. It examines this as a text with the purpose to persuade and considers both language and presentational devices and provides a revision aid for Gcse English Exam Paper 2.
Harvest Festival Whole Class Assembly
This class assembly, written for cast of 30 (easily adapted up or down) is a kind of alternative Harvest Festival, the suggestion being the class are the crop with teachers as harvesters.
Duration around 10 - 20 minutes depending on how much music is used.
Starting with hymn 'We plough the fields and scatter' and ending with beautiful Michael Jackson song - 'We are the world, we are the children' which sums up the message behind this assembly.
Also available - another Harvest Festival script written for just 6 speakers (feathery fowl!) but with suggestions in productions notes as to how to convert this into whole class assembly.
Child 1: It’s easy because all you have to do is give or share whatever gift you have!
Narrator: Wait a minute! You’re losing me! (Repeating) ‘Whatever gift you have’?
Child 2: Right! We all have our own special gift to give!
Child 3: Bit like a seed in all of us.
Child 4: Sometimes that seed germinates by itself
(Enter Child 5, singing, as ‘rock star’ – choice of ‘rock star’ track down to children)
Narrator: (Applauding) Wow! That’s some voice you’ve got!
Child 5: Well, thank you. But it wouldn’t mean anything to me unless I could share it with my fans!
(Exit Child 5)
(Enter Child 6, writing)
(Narrator walks over to Child 6, who gives notebook to him/her to read)
Narrator: Wow! How did you come up with all these ideas? What a story!
Child 6: Thank you. And it’s the fact I can share it with all my hundreds of thousands of readers that makes it so special to me.
(Exit Child 6)
Child 7: But we’re not of course suggesting we can all be rock stars or famous authors!
Child 8: Some of us, despite huge talent, may reach a much smaller audience.
Child 9: Fame isn’t everything and it is only the tiny minority that achieve it.
Child 10: Which isn’t to say we shouldn’t all strive to make the very most of whatever gift we possess.
Narrator: Ah! I see! (Pauses) By ‘gift’ you mean ‘talent’?
Child 11: That’s right! And we all have our very own special talent – even if it doesn’t bring us fame and riches!
Child 12: (Grunting and pulling a face) Hmm. That’s a shame!
A fun, colourful and easily understood display engaging students in each of Shakespeare's major works and what they are about. A good way to encourage students to learn beyond the classroom, and hopefully a way of getting them thinking!
Christmas Advent Calendar Assembly
25 pictures representing 25 aspects of Christmas. Each has a short accompanying explanation plus ten carols.
Cast size is 26 - Narrator plus 25 children; but this script can also be used by a year group - additional children used to read lines from The Night Before Christmas, additional jokes (available from free section) and the acting out of a mini Nativity play at the end - Dec. 20 - 25.
Duration around 15 - 20 minutes - easily adjustable up (extra jokes, carols, etc) or down. Reading Time: Approx 5 - 10 minutes
Other Christmas scripts written by Sue Russell available off TES and www.plays-r-ussell.com
Cast: Narrator plus Children showing ‘Window pictures’ for 25 Calendar Days: December 1 – 25 (See Production Notes at the end for list of days/accompanying pictures that children will hold up)
Music 1 Once in Royal David’s City
(First verse sung by soloist and then rest of children joining in, as whole cast files in)
Narrator: Good morning and welcome to our Assembly on
(Children holding up Advent Calendars)
Whole Cast: Christmas Advent Calendars!
Narrator: So. Let’s start with the meaning of Advent.
(Child 1 holds up picture of Advent Wreath with 4 Candles)
Child 1: Advent comes from the Latin word ‘adventus’ meaning arrival - the arrival of Christmas through the birth of Christ. The wreath is a symbol of never-ending love, and the 4 candles represent the 4 Sundays before Christmas.
(Child 2 holds up picture of a Christmas tree, covered in lights)
Child 2: The Christmas tree represents everlasting life. The needles point up to heaven and the lights are the stars of heaven.
(Child 3 holds up picture of Christmas decorations)
Child 3: We put up Christmas decorations in our homes.
(Child 4 holds up picture of Holly and Ivy)
Child 4: These include such greenery as Holly and Ivy.
Music 2 The Holly and the Ivy
(Whole cast singing)
(Child 5 holds up picture of Poinsettia)
Child 5: The Poinsettia is a traditional Christmas plant from Mexico where a legend tells of the miracle of some weeds turning into beautiful red, star-shaped plants when they were placed on an altar near the baby Jesus.
Judaism Class Play or Assembly
Approximate duration: 10 minutes
Cast of 30 (may be easily reduced by doubling up)
This play all about the Jewish faith, features:
Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Moses, Pharaoh, David, King Saul, Goliath, Solomon and Judas Maccabaeus - plus children providing background information on history, festivals, customs, etc.
Also available off TES or www.plays-r-ussell.com :
• Hanukkah Class Play
• 6 speaker script on the 5 major religions of the world, each representative interviewed by an atheist, who has equal respect for all 5, and is instrumental in relaying the central message - which is that there is plenty of room for all religions to exist and how their differences should be celebrated whilst noting just how much they actually have in common.
Narrator: Thank you! And so the Israelites found themselves back in the Promised Land.
David: Back in Canaan, from where that nomadic tribe of Hebrews had set off all those years ago! A happy return!
Narrator: And you, King David, made Jerusalem your capital.
(Enter King Saul)
King Saul: Hey! Not so fast! I was the first king!
David: But who was it that killed not just thousands, but tens of thousands of the enemy?
King Saul: Show off! Just because I allowed you to take on
(Sound of grunting and stamping as ‘giant' Goliath stomps on)
Goliath: Me! (Bracing muscles) The mighty Goliath! Champion fighter of the Philistines! Come on, you cowardly Israelites! Who is man enough to face me?
(King Saul pushing David forward)
King Saul: Well, go on, then! What are you waiting for? Here! Take my helmet, suit of armour and sword! (Laughing) What are you going to fight him with otherwise? Your bare hands?