This 20 slide PowerPoint presentation can be used for an assembly, for form time, tutor time or PSHE on the first day or week of school. The aim is to help students to consider how lucky they are to have an education and to be inspired to set themselves goals and targets for the academic year. It is full of colourful pictures and animations to hopefully grab the attention of the sleepiest of students! It can be simply shown with very little commentary or can be used for detailed discussion as you wish.
The first slide says Welcome to Year *! (you need to fill in the year group!)
The second slide asks How were you feeling this morning? And gives various options:
Sleepy, sad, scared, lucky, inspired, happy, fed up, grumpy, excited, nervous, positive. Or maybe something else? This can be used as an opportunity for pair, group or class discussion.
Slide 3 says: Here are some other classes starting the school year around the world….
Slides 4 – 8 show classes around the world such as: “Nguyen Thi Phuong teaches a class in Van Chai, Vietnam without books or electricity”, and “Syrian refugee students at one of the Unicef schools at Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, near the border with Syria.” These slides can be used to elicit the student’s observations about the lives and education of these students and as an opportunity for pair, group or class discussion.
Slide 9 then repeats slide 2: Asking How do you feel now? And gives various options:
Sleepy, sad, scared, lucky, inspired, happy, fed up, grumpy, excited, nervous, positive. Or maybe something else?
Slide 10 asks What was the best thing you did this summer?
Slide 11 states Maybe you did something extraordinary….. and shows pictures of various Olympians from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Slide 11 continues the theme of doing something extraordinary and shows a picture and brief description of the amazing Malala Yousafzai who was targeted by Taliban gunmen in 2012 for expressing her views on education.
Slide 13 asks: Will you do something extraordinary this year?
What goals will you aim for?
Slide 14 – 17 give suggestions e.g Maybe a physical challenge? Make the football team, Run 5K, Learn a new sport, Start training for Tokyo 2020! Beat my swimming PB & Exercise every day. The other challenges are Creative, Academic and Something Else e.g. volunteer, raise money for charity…
Slide 18 says Picture yourself achieving your goal. How does it make you feel? And gives various options: Sleepy, sad, scared, lucky, inspired, happy, fed up, grumpy, excited, nervous, positive. Or maybe something else?
Slide 19 has the brilliant Nelson Mandela quotation: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Finally slide 20 says Have a great school year!