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I have just started adding my plays to TES (over 400)!but this will take time! All my assemblies/class plays and guided reading scripts are on www.plays-r-ussell.com and I am happy to write on request. I have converted the entire History Key Stage II curriculum into play format - and much of the other subjects such as Science, Geography, PSHE etc. I cover events such as the Olympics and have received great feedback from teachers around the world! Writing is my passion - hope you enjoy my work!

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I have just started adding my plays to TES (over 400)!but this will take time! All my assemblies/class plays and guided reading scripts are on www.plays-r-ussell.com and I am happy to write on request. I have converted the entire History Key Stage II curriculum into play format - and much of the other subjects such as Science, Geography, PSHE etc. I cover events such as the Olympics and have received great feedback from teachers around the world! Writing is my passion - hope you enjoy my work!
Queen's Platinum Jubilee Assembly or Class Play KSII
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Queen's Platinum Jubilee Assembly or Class Play KSII

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Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Assembly 7-11-year-olds KSII Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Assembly KSII script has been tweaked from Queen’s Diamond Jubilee script reflecting the life of Queen Elizabeth II and her family, achievements etc over 70 years. Cast of 30 Duration around 20 minutes This is one of four scripts now available on the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The other three are: The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Assembly for 5- 7 year-olds KS I The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee assembly on the years 1952 – 2022 is an adaptation of my History of Rock n Roll assembly. This covers world events but with a musical twist (up to 34 suggested songs!) The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee assembly on the English Monarchy – this being a quick gallop from Alfred to our present queen! Sample Text Music 2 National Anthem – God Save Our Queen (All stand up) Queen: (To Audience) Do be seated! Ah, how wonderful to be surrounded by my loyal subjects – the same today as seventy years ago! Narrator: Well, some of us haven’t been around quite that long, no offence, your Majesty! But we are here today to congratulate you on your seventy years as queen! Queen: Thank you. I have of course celebrated three other jubilees – a silver one in 1977 celebrating twenty-five years, a golden one in 2002 celebrating fifty years; and a diamond one in 2012 celebrating sixty years. Narrator: And we are delighted to be celebrating your Platinum Jubilee with you today, in 2022! Queen: Oh the pleasure is all mine! It wouldn’t, after all, be any fun celebrating on one’s own! Narrator: No, indeed, Ma’am. And we, your loyal subjects, have been busy finding out all about your most gracious self! Queen: Oh, really? I hope it’s all ‘good’! Narrator: Most certainly, Ma’am. No need to alarm yourself on our account! Do take a seat – I apologise we couldn’t fit your throne in today! Queen: (Sitting down) That’s quite alright! Narrator: So (turning to cast) – take it away, people! (Each child stands up in turn and delivers information about the queen)
Queen's Platinum Jubilee Class Play or Assembly on Events & Music 1952-2022
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Queen's Platinum Jubilee Class Play or Assembly on Events & Music 1952-2022

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The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee class play or assembly on the years 1952 – 2022 is an adaptation of my History of Rock n Roll assembly. This covers world events but with a musical twist (up to 35 suggested songs!) This is one of three scripts now available on the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The other two are: The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee assembly – about the Queen and her life, family, achievements etc. The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee assembly on the English Monarchy – this being a quick gallop from Alfred to our present queen! Reading time: about 15 minutes. This does not include any music and as the ‘list’ is largely down to teacher discretion, this could vary greatly – from 15 to 60 minutes! Cast of 30 plus (could easily be doubled!) Sample Text: Music 20 God Save the Queen – Sex Pistols (Queen sits in state of total shock) (Narrator rushes over to queen and offers her handkerchief to mop her brow) Queen: Well! I’m not often lost for words but …. Narrator: (Effusively) I’m so sorry, Your Majesty! I had no idea this punk band were performing here today! Whatever next! Music 21 Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen Narrator: Ah! Queen! Queen: Pardon? Narrator: No, that’s the name of the band, Your Majesty! Queen: What? Named after me? Ah, splendid! (Looks quizzically at Freddie Mercury’s black leather trousers) Mmm. Not quite sure about the trousers … Music 22 Baggy Trousers – Madness Queen: Ah! That’s better! Now. How about a few more current events. Where were we? Ah yes! The seventies! (Enter 1970s children, holding up cards) Child 1: 1971: Decimal currency is introduced in Britain. Cast: (Together) Phew! Maths lessons now much easier! Child 1 (1971 continued): And Soviet Union launches first space station, Salyut 1. Child 2: 1973: Coal miners strike in Britain. State of emergency and 3 day working week are proclaimed. Child 3: 1976: Concorde flies!
Environment Assembly or Class Play
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Environment Assembly or Class Play

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Environment Assembly - what can we do to help? Cast of 30 - easily adapted up or down. Narrator plus 29 protestors! And who would have thought our narrator would find himself ... a protestor? Duration - around 15 minutes reading time (not including music suggestions). The length of the script can of course be easily extended by adding on more information about man's negative impact on the environment and what we can do to reduce our carbon footprints. Sample text: Protestor 28: We can all do something Protestor 29: Even if it’s just in our own back yard. Narrator: (Applauding) Ah! Now you’re making sense! You see, sometimes I think we look at the big picture Protestor 1: (Interrupting) And feel overwhelmed? Narrator: Exactly! I mean, we all know about global warming, the greenhouse effect, the destruction of rainforests. And I for one think, well, what can I do about it? Protestor 1: And the good news is Whole cast: (Shouting together) Plenty! Narrator: Oh really? Well, you know something? I’m feeling better already! Protestor 2: So, here’s what we can do to help and sustain our world. Narrator: Hold on! Could you just explain what you mean by that last bit? Protestor 2: What? You mean the bit about sustaining our world? Narrator: Yes. If you would, please. Protestor 3: OK. So what we mean by sustaining life on this planet is looking after it in a way or ways which will last. We’re not looking for quick fix solutions which won’t last. Narrator: Excellent. And by ‘life’ Protestor 4: We don’t just mean that of us human beings Protestor 5: But the life of plants Protestor 6: Wildlife Protestor 7: Ecosystems Protestor 8: And habitats Narrator: You mean like the rainforests, the poles, the deserts, the oceans Protestor 9: Well, yes. But there are places far nearer to home that we can make a difference to now. Narrator: (Wiping his brow) Phew! I am so relieved you said that. I was beginning to feel overwhelmed again! Protestor 10: Let’s keep this simple! Narrator: Oh please! That would be a great comfort to me! Protestor 11: So, what can we do in our own back yard? Protestor 12: Clear it up? (Everyone laughs) Protestor 11: You’re right! That’s a good place to start. We all have way too much rubbish! Narrator: So how can we stop that? Protestor 12: How about we start with recycling? Narrator: You mean cycling … in reverse? (Everyone groans) Protestor 12: How about you leave the jokes to us! Though, recycling is no laughing matter. We should all be doing it.
Queen's Platinum Jubilee Assembly or Class Play for Key Stage I
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Queen's Platinum Jubilee Assembly or Class Play for Key Stage I

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Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Assembly for 5 – 7-Year-Olds (Key Stage I) This script has been tweaked from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee script reflecting the life of Queen Elizabeth II and her family, achievements etc over 70 years. Cast of 30 Duration around 20 minutes Sample Text: Music 2 National Anthem – God Save Our Queen (All stand up) Queen: (To Audience) Please be seated! (Sighing) Ah, seventy years on the throne and I’m still adored! Whole cast: (Exclaiming) Seventy? Are we that old? (Queen scowls, hands on hips) Narrator: (Apologetically to Queen) Oh no offence, Your Majesty! What we mean is Whole cast: Thank you for being our queen for seventy years! Queen: Oh that’s quite all right! I love jubilees (pauses). Now, let me think. When was the last one? Child 1: That would be your diamond jubilee in 2012 for sixty years. Child 2: There was a golden one in 2002. That was for fifty years. Child 3: And before that, a silver one in 1977. That was for twenty-five years. This is one of four scripts now available on the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The other three are: The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Assembly 7 – 11 year olds (KS II) The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee assembly on the years 1952 – 2022 is an adaptation of my History of Rock n Roll assembly. This covers world events but with a musical twist (up to 34 suggested songs!) KS II The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee assembly on the English Monarchy – this being a quick gallop from Alfred to our present queen! KSII
Volcanoes Assembly or Class Play
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Volcanoes Assembly or Class Play

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Volcano Assembly or Class Play This class play can best be described as ... explosive! It is highly recommended that you purchase a pair of ear plugs before agreeing to sit through this performance! Even the Roman god of fire cannot control these forces of nature. ... though no one is about to try and control him! This script covers the questions what, how, where and a few examples of when - though ‘Pompeii up’ provides a far more comprehensive historical account of what happened in those two Roman cities destroyed by Mount Vesuvius (available off www.plays-r-ussell.com) Duration - around 10 minutes reading time but this does not include music (or explosions!) Cast of 30 - easily adaptable up or down. Sample Text: Music 1 Mars – The Planets – Gustav Holst (Children file in, seating themselves in speaking order, along two rows of fifteen seats facing the audience) Narrator: Good morning and welcome to our assembly on Music 2 Fire – Arthur Brown (See Production Notes) (Vulcan strides onto stage) Vulcan: (Pounding his chest) Me! The mighty Roman god of fire, Vulcan! Narrator: (Irritably) But its volcanoes we’re doing today! Not Roman gods! Vulcan: (Sighing) So, where do you think the word volcano comes from? Narrator: (Sarcastically) Oh, now. Don’t tell me. (Pauses) Oh, that wouldn’t be you would it? Vulcan: It most certainly would! Nothing to do with that Mars you were just playing. Narrator: No! No! That’s the planet Mars – from The Planets by Gustav Holst! Vulcan: But I thought you said this assembly was on volcanoes? Narrator: Correct! But we thought that music was just right to set the tone – of high drama! Vulcan: Oh! Is that what we’re getting this morning? Narrator: I hope so! There’s nothing dull about volcanoes! (Sound of loud snores from ‘Sleeping Giants’) Vulcan: Er, it would seem not everyone agrees with you! (Exit Vulcan) (Sleeping Giants all raise their heads, wipe their eyes, blinking at the audience) Narrator: Oh no! We haven’t woken you, have we? Sleeping Giant 1: Nah! Don’t worry! Sleeping Giant 2: We’re dormant volcanoes! Sleeping Giant 3: Little chance we’ll erupt! Sleeping Giant 4: (Yawning) In fact, if you don’t mind, we’ll just go back to sleep again! Narrator: No, no! Not at all! Please be my guest! (Sleeping Giants put heads down and resume sleep)
Butterfly Life Cycle Assembly
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Butterfly Life Cycle Assembly

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Butterfly Life Cycle Assembly This class play was written for 5 – 7 year olds (Key Stage I) as Life Cycles are taught earlier in school - but if anyone wants a script for older children (7 – 11 year olds with a lot more technical information) please let me know. Always happy to write on request. Cast: 7 eggs - 7 caterpillars - 7 pupae - 7 butterflies! Plus one very busy narrator! This class play comes with a FREE set of photos taken at July 2016 Butterfly exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London. Duration: around 10 minutes Cast (of 29) easily adaptable up or down Also available off TES and www.plays-r-ussell.com: Numerous butterfly scripts and Life Cycle of a Frog (cast including French chef and a Princess!) Sample Text (Enter 7 caterpillars, making loud slurping/munching/eating noises) Narrator: (To audience) Hmm. Something tells me this lot will never go hungry! All 7 caterpillars: (In horror) Hungry? Caterpillar 1: No! Never! Caterpillar 2: How could we ever get hungry? Caterpillar 3: When we just eat all the time! Caterpillar 4: We never stop! Narrator: I can see that! What an appetite you have! Caterpillar 5: Oh yes! We like our food! Caterpillar 6: You try and stop us! Narrator: Oh I wouldn’t dream of doing such a thing! Caterpillar 7: Nah! There’s only one thing that would stop us Narrator: And what would that be? Caterpillar 7: Being eaten up ourselves! Narrator: Ugh! (All 7 caterpillars glare at Narrator) Narrator: (Spluttering) Oh sorry! I mean, I’m sure you’re all very tasty. But er um, what would want to eat you? Caterpillar 1: Birds, that’s what! Caterpillar 2: Horrible Caterpillar 3: Feathery Caterpillar 4: Flying Caterpillar 5: Creatures! Caterpillar 6: (Alarmed) Oh oh! I think I just spotted one! Caterpillar 7: Quick! To the tardis! I mean, chrysalis!
Baghdad Early Islamic Civilisation Assembly or Class Play
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Baghdad Early Islamic Civilisation Assembly or Class Play

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Baghdad Early Islamic Civilization Assembly Cast size: 30 - easily adaptable up or down as, besides the Narrator, the speaking parts are just numbered 1 - 29. Duration: Around 15 minutes reading time (not including music suggestions) This assembly is intended as a celebration of learning and toleration. And it is to this end that the focus is on the work of the individual scholars, working in unison in Baghdad, during this Golden Age. Included is a brief comparison of ‘East and West’– comparing London and Baghdad. Also available from Sue Russell: • Baghdad Early Islamic Civilisation Guided Reading Scripts 5 scripts, 6 speakers each, plus quiz for each script. Approximately 5 minutes reading time for each (not including the quiz) 1. When? 2. Where? 3. The Story of Muhammed 4. Beliefs of Islam 5. World Religions And • An Assembly on Islam which tells the story of Muhammed and gives a brief outline of Islamic beliefs Sample Text: Music 1 Golden Years – David Bowie; or Imagine – John Lennon (Children file in, taking places along two rows of 15, facing the audience) Narrator: Good morning and welcome to our assembly on Whole cast: (Together) Baghdad and Early Islamic Civilisation (Child 1, 2 and 3 stand up with 3 banners: Golden Age, Learning and Tolerance) Narrator: Aha! And when was this Golden Age? Child 1: It was between the seventh and thirteenth centuries. That is, around six to twelve hundred A.D. Narrator: That’s a long time (looking towards Child 2 and 3) to be learned and tolerant! Child 4: Oh. You’d be surprised what mankind is capable of when the conditions are right! Narrator: (Looking at cast) Well. I think we need to find out what these ‘conditions’ were, don’t you? (Narrator ushers Child 2 and 3 with banners Learning and Tolerance to front of ‘stage’) After all, aren’t Learning (Child 2 waves banner) And Tolerance Child 3 waves banner) Two of the most important ingredients to a happy and stable society? Child 4: And a happy and stable school! Child 5: Yes, we (gesturing to cast) have all learned a huge amount about the importance of Learning and Tolerance Child 6: Just by doing this assembly! Narrator: How so? Child 7: Well, we’ve learned all about this amazing civilisation that we knew nothing about before Child 8: And we’ve learned how it actually was, and is, possible to work together for the greater good.
Skeleton and Muscles Assembly or Class Play
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Skeleton and Muscles Assembly or Class Play

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Skeleton and Muscles Assembly or Class Play Suitable for Key Stage II (Years 3 & 4) As our Narrator finds out, ‘Head Shoulders Knees and Toes’, however beautifully sung, is never going to ‘do it’ - not with an X-Ray Technician, Doctor and Physiotherapist around! And as for Halloween skeletons? Nah! Not if the bones are on the outside! Cast of 30 - easily adapted up or down. Duration - around 15 to 20 minutes. Sample Text: (Enter X-Ray Technician who takes one look at the ‘skeletons’ and falls about laughing) Skeleton 1: Hey! What’s so funny? X-Ray Technician: Well, to be honest (pauses) you! Skeleton 2: Hey! There’s nothing wrong with us! Skeleton 3: You’re not laughing at our costumes, are you? X-Ray Technician: Well, I’m guessing they’re from last year’s Halloween? Skeletons 1, 2 & 3: (Together, angrily) So? X-Ray Technician: So, you can’t expect to be taken seriously! Skeleton 1: And why not? X-Ray Technician: Well, has anybody ever told you, human beings have endoskeletons? Skeletons 1, 2 & 3: (Together) Endoskeletons? X-Ray Technician: Yes, that means skeletons inside the body! That’s what makes my job so important! Skeleton 2: And that job is? X-Ray Technician: (Holding up an x-ray) I’m an X-Ray Technician. I can see inside your body! (Skeletons all gasp and cross their hands in front of their bodies) X-Ray Technician: (Laughing) No! Not with my naked eyes. But I can see every bone there is to see, with my special x-ray machinery! Narrator: Aha! Some educational content! At last! I was beginning to worry! X-Ray Technician: Oh no need to worry! With a little bit of help from your class, we’ll have everyone talking bones in no time! Narrator: Well, that would be useful, I suppose. Our school science equipment certainly doesn’t run to x-ray machines! X-Ray Technician: Of course not! And way too dangerous to have within a school building! Narrator: But we do teach the children about their bodies. To a very high level in fact. (Narrator gestures for Child 1, 2 & 3 to step forward) So, children. What have you learnt so far? (Child 1, 2 and 3 launch into a lively version of ‘Head Shoulders Knees and Toes’; Narrator looks on smiling, whilst X-Ray Technician holds his head in bemusement) (Narrator, seeing the ever increasing look of bemusement on X-Ray Technician’s face, stops the singing) Narrator: (To X-Ray Technician) What is the matter? Also available www.plays-r-ussell.com : • Teeth and Eating Assembly/Class Play – based on Unit 3A. Plus • Assembly/Class Play for Year 5s and 6s on What Makes a Healthy Body
Christmas Advent Calendar Assembly
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Christmas Advent Calendar Assembly

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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 Sample Text 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.
Poles Assembly on the Arctic and Antarctica
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Poles Assembly on the Arctic and Antarctica

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'Poles Apart' - an Assembly on The Arctic and Antarctica With cast size of 30 and running time around 15-20 mins, this assembly is divided into five main sections: 1. Children 1 – 14 deliver facts about the Poles – focusing on the differences between them. There are also facts on how the Antarctic and Arctic get their names; what is sea ice and information on icebergs; human life and what wildlife exists and how it is adapted to surviving the extreme cold. 2. Six polar animals 3. Scientist’s explanation of global warming 4. Five explorers – conflicts arising from race to be first to the Poles 5. Jokes – as delivered by Wacky Scientists 1, 2 and 3 Sample Text Narrator: So, take a deep breath (Scientist draws his breath in deeply) Narrator: And tell us, as calmly as you can, about this global warming. Should we really be spending so much time worrying about all this … all this .. ice? Scientist: Oh yes. We certainly should! This sea ice you’ve been talking about has a huge influence on our world climate. It’s bright surface reflects sunlight back into space which is why it stays so cold at the Poles. But if temperatures continue to rise, more melting of sea ice will take place (Scientist gasps for breath as he becomes increasingly agitated) so there will be fewer bright surfaces to reflect the sun’s rays, so the earth will get warmer, more ice will melt, sea levels will rise, (Scientist collapses, gasping) Are you getting the picture? Narrator: Yes, yes. What did I say about keeping calm? At times of crisis, one should always keep calm. You could perhaps learn a thing or two from these gents (Scientist stands to the side and watches as the explorers take to the stage) (Enter explorers: Amundsen, carrying flag ‘First to the South Pole’, followed by Scott and Shackleton; Scott tries to push past Amundsen, to get on first) Amundsen: Hey! Hey! What’s the hurry, Scott? You still trying to beat me to first place? ‘Fraid you missed last time - by over a month! Other Geographical Scripts written by Sue Russell are (complete collection available off www.plays-r-ussell.com) • Assemblies on different countries - England, Scotland, Wales, Great Britain, Holland, Australia, France, Spain, Malta, Africa and India • *Ocean Assembly • *Jawesome Jury • Our Planet – different habitats and how they are affected by man • Around the World in 20 Minutes – 7 continents and 5 oceans • Volcanoes Assembly • Rainforest Assembly • Travel Show Assembly (Holiday Show Assembly) • Airport Assembly • Dance Around the World
Natural Disasters Assembly or Class Play
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Natural Disasters Assembly or Class Play

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Natural Disasters Assembly or Class Play This assembly focuses on: • Volcanoes & Earthquakes • Storms – cyclones (hurricanes and typhoons) • Tsunami • Tornadoes • Fire • Flooding • Drought Given the time scale, the information on each is far from comprehensive, both in terms of description and history; but the script aims to give an overall picture – and it is for the teacher to decide whether or not to add additional material. Duration: Reading time around 15 minutes. This does not include any of the music suggestions so overall time around 20 - 25 minutes. *To extend the assembly see notes at the end (additional text taken from Pompeii Up script). Further information could be added from the Volcanoes script (also available off www.plays-r-ussell.com) Please Note: in the case of the purchase of the Volcanoes script and the Pompeii Up script there are extracts from these two already within this Natural Disasters script – i.e. there is duplication. Cast Size 30 – easily adjustable up or down Sample Text: Narrator: A tsunami? Scientist 5: Yes. That’s the Japanese for ‘harbour wave’ – this name originating from the story of village fishermen sailing out to sea but on their return finding their whole village in ruins due to a giant wave. Scientist 6: Course, if you know it’s coming you stand some kind of a chance of getting to safety – like that school girl and her family did, in the upper storey of a nearby building. Scientist 7: This ten year old had learnt in geography about the sucking sound that can be heard just before the giant wave arrives. Narrator: Well! Three cheers for all geography teachers! Education does save lives! Scientist 5: So let us tell you about earthquakes which often cause these tsunamis! Narrator: Oh very well. But briefly please! Scientist 6: What is it with this narrator and time? Anyone would think we were running out of time? (All three scientists suddenly look worried) Scientists 5, 6 & 7: (Together) Are we? Running out of time? Is there something you are not telling us? Narrator: Well, I do have to keep this assembly to within a certain time limit! Scientists 5, 6 & 7: (Sighing heavily) Oh that’s a relief! We thought it might be something serious! Narrator: (Angrily) Er, this is serious, I’ll have you know! Now please, get on with it!
Queen's Platinum Jubilee Class Play or Assembly on the English Monarchy
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Queen's Platinum Jubilee Class Play or Assembly on the English Monarchy

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The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Class Play or Assembly on the English Monarchy takes us from Alfred the Great to Elizabeth II. With a cast of 30 (easily adapted up or down) and lasting approximately 10 – 15 minutes, it focuses on Queen Elizabeth’s ancestry – a quick gallop through the English monarchy! The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Assembly on the English Monarchy is one of four Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Assemblies now available off the website. The other three are: The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee assembly – about the Queen and her life, family, achievements etc. This is available for KS I and II (separate scripts) The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee assembly on the years 1952 – 2022 – an adaptation of my History of Rock n Roll assembly. This covers world events but with a musical twist (up to 35 suggested songs!) Cast of 30 Duration: Around 10 minutes not including music. There is also a complete listing of all our kings and queens. Sample Text: Queen: Ah! Thank you so much! One really does appreciate simple creature comforts as one gets older. It’s easy enough to forget that when you’re a queen! Narrator: I’m sure you’re right! Queen: Undoubtedly! But I’m not here to lecture you this morning! It is for you and your delightful children to tell me all about my delightful ancestors! (Turning to cast) I believe you have been studying them in history? How fascinating for you! Narrator: Oh, indeed it has been, ma’am. And we do hope you will also learn a few things that maybe you hadn’t known before about your forbears! Queen: Ooh! I can’t wait! Such a delightful lot, us royals! Narrator: (Aside) Oh oh! Something tells me the Queen may have a few shocks in store! I hope she takes it in the right spirit – or I could shortly find myself a little uncomfortable ….in the Tower! Child 1: This morning we’d like to start with the present royal family – the House of Windsor. There’s (holding up picture of William) William, now happily married to Kate – sorry, Katherine, the Duchess of Cambridge! Child 2: William is the eldest son of (holds up picture) Charles, the Prince of Wales – now married to Camilla. Child 3: (Holding up picture) William’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, was tragically killed in a road accident in 1997 when William was 15 years old. Child 4: (Holding up picture) William has a younger brother, Harry. Child 5: William and Harry have a rather important grandma – the Queen! Queen: At last! I wondered how long it would take you to get to me!
Comic Relief Assembly
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Comic Relief Assembly

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This assembly, to raise awareness of Comic Relief and its fundraising activities, could be put on any day during the week leading up to Red Nose Day March 15th. Written for a class of 30 (numbers easily adaptable up or down), around 10 mins reading time - optional inclusion of music suggestions including this years's single One Way or Another - its very easy to do and full of awful jokes! Enjoy! And good luck with any fundraising activities - I am wearing a red tutu for a week (in and out of the zumba classes that I teach) - including a night at the opera!! Sue Russell
Free Home School Script King Alfred
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Free Home School Script King Alfred

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Let’s Meet …. King Alfred the Great Let’s Meet Series (so far) 2 speakers (famous person plus interviewer) 5 minutes reading time (not including quizzes) • Alfred the Great • Boudicca • Henry VIII • Henry VIII – 2 scripts & 2 quizzes: Wives The Reformation • Elizabeth I • Florence Nightingale • Vincent Van Gogh Plus scripts between • Queen Victoria and Elizabeth I • Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole This series of reading texts based on famous characters – past and present –will include monarchs, adventurers, poets, inventors, politicians, space explorers with two objectives: To Bring History Alive (as with my plays) To make reading a more lively, interactive experience – for both student and teacher Also available: Vincent Van Gogh – a Monologue (plus quiz and discussion suggestions) Plus • Meet the Anglo-Saxons Guided Readers (See detailed breakdown after quiz) • Wonderful Winchester Assembly or Class Play Sample Text: Interviewer: Good afternoon! And you must be King Alfred Alfred: The Great! Please don’t forget that bit! Interviewer: The only one of our kings to have that title Alfred: And well deserved, may I add! Interviewer: To be sure! (Aside) Though why he needs to keep reminding me … Alfred: So, as your memory did have that slight falter, shall I help you Interviewer: Remember how great you were? Alfred: Oh, that would be a little presumptuous. I’ll just settle for why I was Great! Interviewer: (Aside) Amazing how little some egos need in the way of encouragement! Very well. Let’s hear it. Alfred: Maybe we should start with my scholarly skills. Interviewer: Yes, I have heard you were quite the student! Alfred: And I made sure everyone else benefitted from my knowledge – all that Latin in our books turned into something we could understand! Interviewer: So, wait a minute. Before we get totally stuck into what made you great Alfred: I can’t wait!
The Planets Assembly or Class Play
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The Planets Assembly or Class Play

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The Planets Assembly Lost in space? And no idea where you're from? Don't panic! No need to feel alienated - not when you've got a space craft to take you wherever you please in our solar system. Join our travels through space and find out everything you need to know about where and where not to set up home! This class play or assembly covers all the planets in our solar system. It is based on the science curriculum for primary/elementary schools and is a fun way for children to learn 'astronomic' facts and become familiar with the great classical music of The Planets - Holst plus a few rock classics from the likes of David Bowie! Also now available is a set of 4 scripts, the others being A Brief History of Space, The Ancients and the Stars and Stepping Back into Space: Past and Future. These can be bought separately or as a set of four including Space Quiz based on the scripts' content .. plus a few other 'fun facts'! (This Quiz is also available separately) Sample Text (Loud whistling howling noises of approaching storm) Alien: Wow! What's that! Narrator: Sounds like a hurricane! (Great Red Spot roars across stage) Jupiter: Oh! You mean my Great Red Spot! So much for skin-care! (Chucks away bottle of Skin Cleanser) I really must get that seen to sometime! Galileo: Like when? That Great Red Spot has only been raging for .....the last 300 years! Alien: Oh! And it's getting awfully dark round here! Jupiter: Didn't anyone tell you my day only lasts just under 10 hours! Narrator: Time we moved on, I think! Alien: Yes, that definitely wasn't my home! Music 12 - Saturn - The Planets (Holst) Other Science/Geography scripts written by Sue Russell (available off www.plays-russell.com until all uploaded onto this site!) are: • Teeth and Eating Assembly • Skeleton and Muscles Assembly • Healthy Living Assembly • Water Assembly • *Ocean Assembly • *Jawesome Jury • Changing States of Materials Assembly • Rock n Roll Assembly • Around the World in 20 Minutes – 7 continents and 5 oceans • Volcanoes Assembly • Rainforest Assembly • Poles Apart • Travel Show Assembly (Holiday Show Assembly) • Airport Assembly *Other ‘Sea’ themed scripts include ones on Smugglers, Pirates, Shipwrecks – and Smugglers Song by Rudyard Kipling. (This list is not comprehensive and does not cover all the assemblies I have written on different countries: England, Scotland, Wales, Great Britain, Holland, Australia, France, Spain, Malta, India, Africa)
School's Out Leavers' Assembly
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School's Out Leavers' Assembly

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School's Out Leavers' Assembly The cast size (30) can easily be adapted up (for a year group) or down, if necessary, to suit class size of less than 30. Duration: Reading time is only about 5 minutes. However, if all 12 songs are used, and say 2 minutes of each are performed, then this takes performance up to around 30 minutes. This is a rough figure depending heavily on how much of each song is used. What does it take to put a smile on those Year 6 faces? Maybe a large dose of great music and some equally great performances .... by the staff?! The lengths teachers will go to - or are we all really just frustrated rock stars underneath?! Easy to produce, great fun to do! Sample Text: Music 1 Yesterday – Beatles (Children file into places, singing as they come in and become seated; at the end of the song, all sit disconsolately, hanging heads in misery; group of teachers stand to one side, listening to their students) Teacher 1: What a beautiful song! Teacher 2: But why the long faces? Teacher 3: Why so sad? Teacher 4: What have you got to feel sad about? Teacher 5: This is your last day at school! Wouldn’t a better choice of music be …? Music 2 School’s Out – Alice Cooper (Teachers sing and perform really ‘over the top’ version of song; students look on in horror) Child 1: And they called us ‘sad’? Child 2: ‘Sad’ has to be the understatement of the year! Child 3: I’d say more like – ‘tragedy’! Teacher 6: (Beaming from ear to ear) Now you’re talking! Music 3 Tragedy – Steps or Bee Gees (Teachers again sing and perform totally ‘over the top’ version of the song; students increasingly alarmed) Child 4: Stop! Stop! Have you all taken leave of your senses? Teacher 7: Well, this is supposed to be a leavers’ assembly, isn’t it? (All teachers fall about laughing) Child 5: But guess what? It’s supposed to be our leavers’ assembly, not yours! Child 6: Yeah! You’ll all still be here this time next year! Child 7: Not like us! Child 8: We’re the ones leaving! Child 9: Not you! Teacher 8: So, why aren’t you celebrating? Other Leavers Assemblies by Sue Russell: It’s Good to be Me Leavers Assembly Leavers Assembly for Year 6s Our School’s Got Talent Leavers Assembly Olympics Leavers Assembly
Australia Assembly
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Australia Assembly

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Australian Assembly In celebration of Australia Day - joint narration by Pom and Swagman - an interesting mix of language and culture! tapping into this great country's history, geography and culture. Cast Size 24 but easily adjustable up or down (information can be split up between several more children taking cast size to 30) Duration Around 10 minutes reading time – this does not include music suggestions and ‘song performances’ Following is a review from publisher contact: A short play giving a lot of information about the land down under: some history, some wildlife, some music and some facts and figures to round it all out. This is another well-presented assembly from Sue Russell. There is the usual large cast size to accommodate a class group, with the many, small parts offset by having the two main characters who are onstage for the majority of the production. There are regular musical interludes to add interest, and any passages that contain recitation of facts, figures or histories are balanced by changing the speakers or having the characters react – I particularly liked the Swagman complaining there was too much dry information. To conclude: a bright, fast overview of a big, big country and a good introduction to a school topic. Sample Text Narrator: Good morning and welcome to our assembly on Australia. (Swagman strolls nonchalantly onto stage, looking around and ‘sizing' everyone up, before going over to Narrator, who is eyeing him cautiously) Swagman: G'day, mate! So what's all this about? Narrator: (Politely) Begging your pardon .. Swagman: (Interrupting) Ah! A Pom! Now how did I guess? Narrator: (Defensively) Something to do with me speaking the Queen's English? And as one of her loyal servants Swagman: (Interrupting) Don't tell me! You're gonna tell all these good folks about life ‘Down Under'? Well, allow me to help out a little. (Turning to Cast) What says you to us livening things up a little around here? (Whole cast nods enthusiastically, relaxing former ‘standing on ceremony' posture) (Swagman walks over to CD player and turns on ‘Down Under' - chorus, children singing and dancing, whilst Narrator looks on in horror) Music 2 - Down Under by Men at Work Narrator: (To Cast) Cut! (To Swagman, irately) Hey! Just what do you think you are doing? I'm in charge here! Swagman: No worries, mate! No need to chuck a wobbly! I was only trying to help. (Pointing to Cast) These guys and Sheilas just looked like they'd enjoy a little taste of the real Oz. Narrator: What? As delivered by a .. by a ... Swagman: Swagman, that's me! And here (taking off bag from his back) .. Meet Matilda!
Anglo-Saxon School Assembly or Class Play
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Anglo-Saxon School Assembly or Class Play

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Anglo-Saxon School Assembly or Class Play Cast Size - 30 - easily adapted up or down. Approximate duration: Around 15 to 20 minutes. Ever wondered about the origins of your birth place? Why is it something-ton and not something-ham? Or why archaeologists get so excited over some old clay pots …or nails? Also available set of 5 guided reading play scripts plus quizzes - Introduction, Anglo-Saxon Life, Sutton Hoo Discovery, Beowulf, and Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table SAMPLE TEXT Arch 1: Look at this! Phosphate remains. That means there must have been a body here when the ship was buried…so this was actually a grave! Arch 2: And with all this treasure we’ve found, the person buried here must have been important! 4. GHOSTBUSTERS THEME MUSIC (Ghosthunters team rush on, searching for ghost) Narrator: Wait a minute! Wait a minute! Who called you lot? Ghosthunter 1: Haven’t you heard? There’s a ghost on the loose! Goes by the name of Raewald, King of East Anglia. Died about 625 AD but forgot to take his Kwells (holds up packet of sea sickness tablets) before being buried with his ship. Ghosthunter 2: Yes, it’s all very fine having all this gold and silver …but not much good to you if you’re prone to a bit of the ol’ sea sickness. Ghosthunter 3: We’re here to give him his tablets so he can at last …Rest In Peace. Narrator: Could I suggest you’d stand a better chance of catching this sea-sick ghost if you were a little quieter (beckoning them all off stage). Wait here! TEACHING ‘COVERAGE’ Unit 6B Anglo-Saxon Assembly (i) Where Anglo-Saxons came from (ii) Timeline: 410 AD – 1066 (iii) Alfred the Great (iv) Runic’ alphabet (v) Origins of our days of the week (vi) Place names – Anglo Saxon origins (vii) Living conditions (viii) Sutton Hoo: archaeological finds and background
Around the Body in 20 Minutes Assembly or Class Play
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Around the Body in 20 Minutes Assembly or Class Play

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Around the Body in 20 Minutes Class Play or Assembly Duration – around 20 minutes! Cast of 30 - this number can be adjusted up or down Whatever gave our narrator the idea that taking on over 7,500 body parts was a good idea? (OK, so that’s a slight exaggeration - … actually, 8 Body Systems, 5 Senses plus a few ‘others’!) Even so, no mean challenge … in 20 minutes. But then with a Bossy Brain to help out, how could he go wrong? Sample Text (Eight Body Systems each step forward in turn) Brain: Nervous System – I’m in charge here! Narrator: (Tutting) You again! I might have known you’d be first up! Brain: Well, I am the Boss! (Pointing to rest of cast) None of this lot would be any good without me, the Brain! Narrator: (Snorting) Huh! And vice versa. I wonder what you’d do if you had nobody to boss around! Next! Heart: (Coquettishly mincing up to stand beside Brain) Oh I do like a man who’s in charge! Narrator: (Coughing) Huh hmm. You, Heart, are representing the Circulatory System today. Please remember – purely functional, absolutely no romance, thank you very much! (Heart looks disappointed, sighing deeply) Narrator: Yes, you can forget all that valentine stuff. Your job in the body is way more important than all that nonsense! We’ll come back to you in a minute! (Narrator jostled out of the way by Lungs) Narrator: Hey! You’re a bit pushy, aren’t you? Lungs: Well, yes, der! That’s my job – to be pushy! (Holds up two ‘bags’) Since when did you know a pair of lungs not to be pushy! Narrator: Ah! The Respiratory System! Now I understand! Brain: And that’s only because (pointing to head) your brain’s working properly! Narrator: (Irritably) Yes, yes! (To audience) I’ve a feeling we’ll be hearing way too much from him! Next! Stomach: (Rubbing tummy) I’m here – representing the Digestive System! Other Body scripts available off this website: • Healthy Living Class Play (Upper primary) • Skeleton & Muscles Class Play (Lower Primary) • Teeth and Eating Class Play (Lower Primary) Sue Russell’s collection of over 400 scripts aims to cover every theme tackled at primary school – and some subjects at secondary/high school. Her collection in its entirety is available off www.plays-r-ussell.com and she is happy to write on request, if there are any themes, subjects missing.
Fear Factor script/discussion FREE
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Fear Factor script/discussion FREE

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The Fear Factor including discussion and Chicken Licken script As I think the all prevailing feeling at the moment is one of fear and apprehension, I would like to offer the following script on handling fear FREE – in the hope that it will be instrumental in distilling some of that fear we are dealing with or at least give us strategies to cope with it. The script/discussion piece (which can be read between 2 readers or 30 as the speakers are non-specific) looks at what fear is, what causes it and how we can best deal with different types of fear. There is a mini script – on Chicken Licken to add a bit of light relief – but the extended script is a discussion covering all the points just mentioned. There is no mention of Coronovirus although some of the fear mentioned is related to this fear of the unknown – but I decided there is plenty enough information out there at the moment, not to go into it all over again. One of the points I make is that fear is lessened by having the correct information and this is probably the closest I get to referring to our current situation. It is there, implicit in the script – but as it is written for all ages including primary school children, the subject of Coronovirus is, I feel, best dealt with on a face to face, discretionary basis. I do not wish to add to the current atmosphere of fear – that would be doing the opposite of what I wish to achieve with this script. Duration: Around 20 minutes (including ‘discussion script’) Cast: Chicken Licken script (10 mins) has cast of 10; but discussion could be just between 2 readers or 30 depending on how it is used – at home or in the classroom. I am also working on a HOME SCHOOLING package on my website www.plays-r-ussell.com – which I will make available to TES once I have got it sorted. I have a large collection of ‘readers theatre’ or guided reading scripts for small numbers of readers, which cover pretty much all subjects – History, Geography, Literature – and may help during this difficult period. I will be reducing all these products’ prices by 50% (unless, like me you are now down to zero salary – in which case please contact me via my website and I will see what I can do). Sample Text: Speaker 11: I will! It’s good to know there is something I can do about my anxiety and fear. Narrator: I think you just hit the nail on the head! Fear is so often generated by fear of not being able to do anything about it – that whatever we are afraid of is out of our control. Speaker 12: It’s almost fear of fear! Narrator: Yes, it can escalate fast. Fear does seem to feed on fear – a bit like in that Chicken Licken story, when one small comment got everyone all wound up and fearful Speaker 13: And nobody stopped to ask for a proper explanation. It was a bit like a ‘panic train’ – everyone jumping on board!