Optical Illusions Assembly

This resource is a fully editable, engaging and interactive 35 slide powerpoint on the theme of optical illusions and the messages these illusions contain. This is an ideal New Year assembly or for use during anti-bullying week.

The introduction begins with students making choices between items that are popular eg. football teams, Xbox or PlayStation, pizza or fish and chips, Coronation Street or EastEnders etc. This opening serves to engage the pupils. It leads on to a slide on which they are asked to make a choice between a white van or a red sports car. However, there is no sports car - as it is an ‘optical illusion’ - the car is ‘painted’ on the van. This leads into the ‘optical illusions’.

Further optical illusions are introduced. There is also a hyperlink to an entertaining ‘optical illusion dance’ by teachers.

- The main messages of the presentation are:

  • What we see and what is actually happening is not always the same and sometimes we jump to wrong conclusions - as exemplified in images that appear to be moving but are not.
  • We do not always see things from other people’s point of view - as exemplified in the young lady / old woman image
  • We do not always see the good things in people or situations - as exemplified in the ‘good / evil’ image
  • We sometimes put ourselves first instead of others - as exemplified in the me/you illusion image.

This resource could be used for assemblies ( the situations could be further explored through role play and drama and included in the final assembly presentation), PSE lessons and tutor based activities - particularly useful if there have been some issues around the themes covered by the assembly.

This resource has been used with groups of pupils and has proved very engaging, enjoyable for the pupils and gets the messages across.

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Created: May 9, 2016

Updated: May 21, 2019


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