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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!
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
Poinsettia A Christmas Story from Mexico
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Poinsettia A Christmas Story from Mexico

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Poinsettia A Christmas Story From Mexico This play is based on a Mexican legend explaining the miracle of the Poinsettia. It can be used as an assembly using 7 children, or it can be used within the classroom as a guided reading script. Other Christmas scripts written by Sue Russell are available off TES and www.plays-r-ussell.com This play's message: Love is the greatest gift of all. Sample text: Pepita: I know! I can see now I had nothing to feel lowly about. But I would still so like to have something to give Him! Pedro: So, what's stopping you? Pepita: But I have no money! (Pedro points to the wild flowers growing at the side of the road) Pedro: Since when did they cost anything? (Pepita scoops up a handful of weeds and arranges them into a bouquet) Pepita: You're right! A present fit for a king! Pedro: Indeed. So, now can we relax and enjoy our Christmas Eve together? Pepita: You bet! I can't wait to lay my bouquet at the altar! How proud I am going to feel! Pedro: That's the happiest you've sounded all day! Good for you, Pepita! And don't forget my other words to you, when we get there! Pepita: (Joyfully) I won't! Thank you so much, dear coz! Narrator: So the two cousins continued their walk, and it wasn't long before they came to their church. Once inside they were joined by some other children with their gifts. Child 1: Just look at the fancy bows, on my present. Must have taken my mum hours to put this lot together. Child 2: Same with mine. This red ribbon must have cost a fortune! Child 3: My mum always buys the finest ribbon in town. (Holds up present and peers at it quizzically) Course, I have absolutely no idea what is on the inside! Child 1: As if that matters! Child 2: Just as long as it looks good! (Enter kindly old priest, who bustles up to waiting children) Priest: Happy Christmas to you, children! How nice to see you!
World Cup 2018 Assembly
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World Cup 2018 Assembly

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World Cup 2018 Assembly Cast Size – 33 as this includes Referee plus 32 competing nations - but speaking parts can be doubled up, to the number required. Duration - Around 20 minutes (not including music) A referee's job is never the easiest in the world - but put him in charge of 32 teams from across the world - all together, at the same time ..... Does he have his work cut out or does he have his work cut out?! Join him plus 32 nations in this celebration of the World Cup - all lining up for one of the greatest sporting events on the planet! Sample Text: Referee: Sorry, I didn’t quite catch that. What are we here celebrating today? Whole Cast: (Shouting louder) THE WORLD CUP! (Referee blows whistle) Referee: OK. OK. Sit down everyone. Don’t let’s get too excited! It is, after all, only football! English Fan: (In outrage) Pardon? Have you never heard what the great Bill Shankly had to say? Referee: No. But I’ve a feeling I’m going to! English Fan: He said “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I’m very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that”! Referee: (Shrugging) And there was me, thinking it was just sport! So, let’s find out a little more about the World Cup, starting with where it’s going to be held this year, 2018. Russia: In Russia! We, as the host nation, (turning to cast) are happy to welcome you all! (Everyone cheers) Referee: Thank you, Russia. Tell me. How many countries are there competing this year? Russia: Thirty two! Referee: Let’s meet them! In Group A (Each country, represented by a fan dressed in his team colours, stands and waves national flag in turn before sitting down again) Russia: Russia! We’re the host nation Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia. The first team to take on the host nation in the opening match! Egypt: Egypt! Referee: Welcome back! Egypt: Yes, it’s been 28 years since our last appearance in a world cup, in 1990. Uruguay: Uruguay! We were the very first host, in 1930.
Ancient Egypt Assembly or Class Play
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Ancient Egypt Assembly or Class Play

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Ancient Egyptian Assembly or Class Play Cast size: around 30 - easily adaptable up or down. Duration: around 15 minutes. Sun, sand and palm trees – sounds like the perfect holiday! But be careful who you take as your travelling companions! Your Dad might be well ‘chilled out’ – but watch out for that Mummy! A first aid kit has its uses – but is all that bandaging really necessary? And if you thought our system of justice was ‘iffy’ – imagine letting a feather decide your fate! Join us on a Saharan shuffle – through the dunes and beyond! (Also available set of 5 guided reading play scripts plus quizzes - Introduction, Farmer's Year, Daily Life incl. Pyramids, The After-Life and The Gods - See Guided Reading Play Scripts Section) Sample Text Mummy (tutting loudly). Can’t you do better than that? Listening to your jokes I could just die of boredom! (pauses) Oh, but I already have! …Anyway, here’s a joke for the audience. Knock! Knock! Cast: Who’s there? Mummy: Toot. Cast: Toot who? Mummy: Toot an come in – (pronounced Tut an khamun). That’s me, in case you were wondering. Oh, it’s good to get out of that coffin, and stretch my legs. Not (turning to Anubis) that I’m complaining about my wrapping – job well done. TEACHING ‘COVERAGE’ 7. Unit 10 Ancient Egypt Assembly (i) When? (ii) Where? (iii) Climate/conditions (iv) Farming – importance of the Nile (v) Hieroglyphics (vi) Numerals (vii) Process of mummification (viii) Underworld - Gods - Feather of Truth ceremony MUSIC 1. Walk like an Egyptian - The Bangles (Driving Pop) Or Walk like an Egyptian - Alternative Radio Mix - William De Jesus 2. Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum 3. Heart of Gold - Neil Young 4. Guilty - Blue Other Ancient Civilisation scripts written by Sue Russell (available off www.plays-r-ussell.com until added to TES website): Assemblies: Ancient Egypt Ancient China Ancient Greece Ancient Rome Indus Valley Ancient Sumer Baghdad: Early Islamic Civilisation Maya civilisation Benin civilisation & Aztecs Majority of these have supplementary guided reading scripts Also available, if you need ‘the Big Picture’: Ancient Civilisations Assembly – a collective assembly, covering 6 ancient civilisations, answering questions When? and Where? Ancient Civilisations History of Medicine Assembly
Superheroes Assembly for Key Stage I
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Superheroes Assembly for Key Stage I

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Superheroes Assembly for Key Stage I Duration: Around 10 – 15 minutes depending on how many ‘superhero demonstrations’ there are. The first ‘speaking’ part of the assembly is around 5 minutes reading time. The rest of the assembly is down to the teacher in charge as explained in Production Notes. Cast: Written for cast of 30 but easily adaptable up or down. The cast comprises class teacher as narrator plus children 1 – 30. This assembly or class play is in roughly two parts - the first deals with the qualities of a superhero and how a superhero would change the world; the second is a demonstration of 'superpowers' by different 'superheroes'. It is very much a 'movable feast' - the children can make their own choices re: how they'd change the world; and likewise choose which superheroes they'd like to portray - they can even make up their own. I have thus provided a 'template' which can be adapted according to class numbers and 'members'. Sample Text: Narrator: Good morning and welcome to our assembly on Whole cast: (Together) Superheroes! Narrator: So, for the benefit of our audience, what makes a superhero? Or maybe I should ask the question, what makes a hero super? Child 1: Super powers, of course! Child 2: You can’t do much without them! Child 3: Especially against those horrible baddies! Narrator: So. Let me get this straight. Heroes are always good? Child 4: Right. They fight for what is good in the world Child 5: Against all that is bad! Narrator: That must take a lot of courage! Child 6: That’s why they’re superheroes! Child 7: Brave! Child 8: Strong! Child 9: And determined! Child 10: It’s not always easy being a superhero! Narrator: (To cast) So. If you had the powers of a superhero, what would you do to make the world a better place? Child 11: I would take food to everyone who was hungry. Child 12: I would give shelter to everyone without a home. Child 13: I would hug everyone who feels unloved. Child 14: I would drive around in a Ferrari! Narrator: (Snorting) Oh really! And how is that going to improve the world? Child 14: Well, it would certainly improve mine!
The Royal Wedding Assembly Harry and Meghan
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The Royal Wedding Assembly Harry and Meghan

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Royal Wedding Assembly Harry and Meghan Duration: around 10 minutes (not including music suggestions) A cast of 30. The content of this production focuses on Harry's ancestors and leaves one wondering if Meghan has been fully 'prepped' on the royal family - with all its highs (Alfred the Great?) and lows (toss-up between King John and Richard III maybe!). Maybe it’s just as well she isn't fully acquainted with her predecessors - or she might think twice about that walk down the aisle! Script comes with a complete listing of the English Monarchy Duration: around 10 minutes (not including music suggestions) Narrator: Good morning and welcome to our assembly on The Royal Wedding. Now, we all know what a busy time this is for the royal couple – especially for Meghan. With all that looking for the right dress, booking the hairdresser, finding the best flower lady …. My, has she got her work cut out! So, we thought - there’s no way this royal bride will find time to read up about the family she is marrying into. That’s why we took it on ourselves to do the hard work for her! Don’t you think she’ll be pleased? I mean, who knows what Harry might not have said about his ancestors? And don’t we all agree, a girl does have the right to know - certainly before she takes that long walk down the aisle? So, for those of you, along with Meghan, interested in the royal family, start listening now! You’ll be amazed at what you’ll learn! This morning we’ll kick off with the present day royal family - the House of Windsor. Starting with Child 1: (Holding up picture of Harry) Harry! Narrator: Ah! The bridegroom himself! Let’s hear it! Child 2: Harry is the second son of (holds up picture) Charles, the Prince of Wales – now married to Camilla. Child 3: (Holding up picture) Harry’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, was tragically killed in a road accident in 1997. Child 4: (Holding up picture) Harry has an older brother, William. It was only a few years ago that Harry was best man at William’s wedding. William married Catherine Middleton 29th April 2011 at Westminster Abbey; whereas Harry and Meghan will be ‘tying the knot’ at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle in May 2018. Child 5: Harry and William have a rather important grandma – the Queen! Child 6: Queen Elizabeth the second is married to the Duke of Edinburgh and has four children Child 7: Prince Charles, Harry’s dad Child 8: Prince Andrew, the Duke of York Child 9: Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex Child 10: And a daughter, Princess Anne, the Princess Royal. Narrator: All fine representatives of the monarchy – but was it always thus? We looked at some examples of good and bad monarchs and drew our own conclusions! Starting with Child 11: Alfred the Great!
Spanish Assembly or Class Play
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Spanish Assembly or Class Play

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Spanish Class Play or Assembly Cast of 30, duration 10-15 mins. This class play on Spain is one of a set Sue Russell has written on different countries (Great Britain, England, Scotland, Wales, Holland, Australia, France, Spain, Malta, India, Africa) It celebrates all things Spanish and is a tribute to the country - its people and culture, as celebrated in Hispanic Heritage Month Sept – October, starring a rather 'full of himself' Christopher Columbus and some seriously crazy Pamplona bull runners! Written for 7 – 11 year olds. Another script is available for the lower age range of 5 – 7. This latter is another class play on Great Explorers, key starring roles going to Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong. Available off TES and www.plays-r-ussell.com (I have just updated this script - to include more uptodate information e.g. on arrival of Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid's coach!) (Child 17 brings on supper of cheese, served on bread) Child 17: Supper! Cena. This is the last meal of the day and is a light meal. I think you’ll enjoy this sheep’s cheese and bread. (Narrator eats, then Child 17 clears away) Narrator: Well! That was certainly the fastest three meals I’ve ever had in my life! (Enter Child 18 with bunch of grapes) Child 18: Good practice for New Year’s Eve – when you need to eat 12 grapes in 12 seconds! Narrator: And why would I want to do that? Child 18: If you want good luck for the next year. Narrator: What a strange custom! Child 18: But it’s a country’s special traditions that keep it alive! (Enter Child 19 – 23 in national costume, plus sheep: Child 24 & 25) Narrator: (Gasping) Wow! Just look at these national costumes! Child 19: In Valencia we wear long silk dresses and shawls worn over our shoulders Child 20: And short dark jackets and large-brimmed black hats for us men! Music 3 – Flamenco music (Child 21 flamencos across the stage) Child 21: How do you like my dress? Andalucian style? Narrator: Ah! Beautiful! Music 4 – Bagpipes music (Everyone covers their ears; Narrator walks over and signals to Bagpipe player, Child 22, to stop) Child 22: The finest music from Galicia! Narrator: If you say so! (Sound of loud bleating from the sheep) Narrator: (To Shepherd, Child 23) And you sir? Child 23: A shepherd, from the Basque country, looking after his sheep. (Sheep start ‘jostling/nudging’ Flamenco dancer who does her best to fend off their attentions) Narrator: (To Shepherd) Er, maybe time to herd them up?
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!
Weather around the World Assembly or Class Play
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Weather around the World Assembly or Class Play

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Weather around the World Assembly or Class Play This script is suitable for any year group in Key Stage II i.e. years 3, 4, 5 and 6. The text and concepts are generally simple with examples of Polar, Tropical and Temperate climate zones. Duration Around 15 minutes not including any of the music suggestions. Cast of 30 – easily adapted up or down This class play 'defines' weather (and climate) and gives some examples from around the world (the focus being on the United Kingdom); plus an attempt at explaining why we are all so obsessed with the subject - could it have anything to do with our expectations of English 'summers'?! Latest addition to Sue Russell’s Geography scripts: A Class Play On Natural Disasters – available here and on www.plays-r-ussell.com (complete collection) Music 1 Weather with You – Crowded House (Class files in, taking seats along two rows of 15 seats, facing the audience) (Narrator stands, takes jacket off and steps forward to address audience) Narrator: Good morning and welcome to our assembly on Music 2 Sound of Thunder, Lightning and Rain – musical instruments (Narrator holds his hands over his head to ward off deluge of rain; then rushes back to his chair and grabs an umbrella, scowling heavily) (Enter ‘Gene Kelly’, singing and dancing) Music 3 Singin in the Rain – Gene Kelly (Narrator holds up hand for music to stop) Narrator: Hey! Wait a minute! What are you looking so cheerful about? Can’t you see it’s raining? Gene Kelly: Well, that’s no reason to be miserable. What did you expect? We are in England, you know? (Exit Gene Kelly) Narrator: (Irritably) Yes, and it also happens to be summer! (Enter Weather forecaster, looking around) Weather Forecaster: Er, um. You wouldn’t happen to be doing a school assembly on The Weather, would you? Narrator: (Angrily) I most certainly would! Oh, don’t tell me you’re the weather man we were expecting? Weather Forecaster: Weather Forecaster, that’s correct. I’m most dreadfully sorry I’m late. I see you’ve started without me! Narrator: As has the weather! I thought you said it was going to be sunny today? Weather Forecaster: Ah! Well that does depend what part of the country you are in; and of course what time of the day it is. Things change all the time in the world of weather! Narrator: Including your predictions! Weather Forecaster: Well, it is very difficult to get it right all the time! Narrator: (Testily) You can say that again! I mean, what am I supposed to wear? Weather Forecaster: Well. For this time of year, I’d suggest light clothing, plus a woolly jumper, plus a raincoat!
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.
Castles and Knights Assembly
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Castles and Knights Assembly

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Castles and Knights Assembly Key Stage I and/or II - Simple language but broad scope of information - script easily adapted to any age group. Although written for Key Stage I children (language kept very simple) this class play or assembly could be used at Key Stage II due to the broad scope of information. Cast of 30 - easily adjustable up or down Duration - around 10 - 15 minutes Content · The first part of the assembly deals with division between nobility and servants – their different life styles and jobs they did. · The second part looks at castle features – how they were built and how they changed over time. · The third part looks at weapons of battle – how they were used to attack and defend a castle. As previously mentioned, this assembly could be used by either of the two key stages – either simplified for younger children or elaborated upon for the older students. It is, I hope, a fairly versatile script which can be adapted for any age group. Also available off www.plays-r-ussell.com is The Battle of Hastings 1066. This assembly is for Key Stage II and goes into a lot more historical background including the events depicted and characters displayed on the Bayeux Tapestry. Sample Text (Enter Minstrel, Jester and Juggler) Minstrel: Who do you think played music at those banquets? Jester: Who do you think kept them laughing? Juggler: And who do you think entertained them? (Enter Soldiers 1 & 2) Soldier 1: And most important of all, who do you think kept them safe? Us soldiers, of course! Soldier 2: Protecting everyone against the enemy! Gong Farmer: Well. Almost most important of all! Narrator: Oh really? You think you’re more important than them? (Gong Farmer nods) Soldier 1: How? Gong Farmer: You really want to know? Soldier 2: Indeed, we do! Gong Farmer: I had to get rid of … Soldier 1: (Holding nose) Oh, now I get it! Soldier 2: You got rid of what came out of the garderobes? Narrator: The what? Soldier 2: Garderobes! Soldier 1: That’s castle toilets to you! Narrator: Ugh! Poor man! What a job! Gong Farmer: Well, someone had to do it! Narrator: Oh dear! I can see life wasn’t quite so glamourous for you folk! (All shake their heads in agreement) (Exit Gong Farmer, Servant, Cook, Hunter, Cleaner, Builder, Carpenter, Blacksmith, Priest, Steward, Minstrel, Jester, Juggler and Soldiers 1 & 2)
The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes Assembly or Class Play
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The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes Assembly or Class Play

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The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes Assembly or Class Play Cast of 30 - easily adaptable up or down Duration: 10 - 15 minutes reading time. This does not include music. This is a ‘two versions in one’ script, featuring the flamboyant Adam Ant as the first highwayman to appear (Adam) and Kate Bush as the first Bess (Kate) alongside the two original characters, Highwayman and Bess. (Enter 3 redcoats) Reader 7: ‘A red-coat troop came marching’ Redcoats: (Together) Marching! Marching! Reader 7: ‘King George’s men came marching, up to the old inn-door’ Kate: Oops! (Pointing to Narrator) I don’t think he saw that coming! (To Adam) Best let them continue this melancholy tale. I don’t think we want to be around at the end! (Exit Adam and Kate) Narrator: They were right! I didn’t see that coming! Nor did the landlord and his lovely daughter. Still, if they’re King George’s men, I’m sure they’ll act like gentlemen. (3 redcoats mime drinking action to landlord, who rushes off, returning with 3 large flasks of beer, which redcoats grab and down in one) Reader 8: ‘They said no word to the landlord. They drank his ale instead.’ (3 redcoats grab Bess and tie her to the bed) Reader 9: ‘But they gagged his daughter, and bound her, to the foot of her narrow bed.’ Reader 10: ‘Two of them knelt at her casement, with muskets at their side!’ Reader 11: ‘There was death at every window; And hell at one dark window;’ Reader 12: ‘For Bess could see, through her casement, the road that he would ride.’ Narrator: (Exploding) But that’s terrible! And King’s men, at that! Landlord: Oh you haven’t heard the half of it! Narrator: There’s worse? Landlord: Much worse! Other poems converted into plays by Sue Russell: • Smugglers Song – Rudyard Kipling • If – Rudyard Kipling Also available – a large collection of alternative Shakespeare and fairy tale scripts plus • Take a Book – Different Genres of Writing Assembly • Great British Writers Assembly. This short small cast assembly - 6 speakers (with adaptations for whole class) focuses on the writers *Roald Dahl, C.S. Lewis, A.A. Milne, Lewis Carroll and J.K. Rowling and their books. • Roald Dahl Assembly (Any scripts currently ‘missing’ from TES can be found on www.plays-r-ussell.com)
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!
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)
Roald Dahl School Assembly or Class Play
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Roald Dahl School Assembly or Class Play

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Roald Dahl School Assembly or Class Play Cast size: The small speaking cast of 6 can be increased to include the whole class by adding a supporting cast of characters taken from the five books. September 13th is Roald Dahl Day – this year it is also his centenary. To celebrate this great writer, I, Sue Russell have written an Assembly which attempts to capture just some of the man's genius. It is just a short assembly, looking at 5 of his works - The Magic Finger, BFG, The Giraffe the Pelly and Me, Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts; but in looking at these books again, I for one was reminded of Dahl's amazing ability to create the most bizarre characters, and situations .. out of nothing. He was, I think, a genius and his memory stays vividly alive through his numerous brilliant books. The play has a small speaking cast - teacher (narrator) plus 5 students, who are asked to pick their favourite author (Roald Dahl - no surprises there!) and favourite books. These are The Magic Finger, The BFG, The Giraffe the Pelly and Me, Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts. The supporting cast i.e. characters taken from these books, is left to the teacher's discretion i.e. depending on how many children there are in the class. Different 'favourites' could obviously be chosen and added to the ones 'my five' chose; and I have similarly left out extracts from the books, plus musical excerpts from the movies which could be added. This assembly can thus be expanded upon in a way to suit the individual class and their Dahl preferences. I hope I have provided a good starting point! If you are interested in looking at more great writers from Britain, I have written a Great British Writers Assembly which, along with Dahl, features the works of C.S. Lewis, A.A. Milne, Lewis Carroll and J.K. Rowling. A good resource to have during National Children's Book Week, 1-7 October. Extract Lucy: The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me. Teacher: And why did you choose that one? Lucy: I loved the animal characters in it, including the monkey who isn't mentioned in the title! The three of them - the giraffe, the pelican and the monkey - make up a window cleaning gang, the giraffe acting as a ladder because of his magically long neck; the pelican acting as the bucket, with his special ‘Patented beak' and the monkey acting as the cleaner.
Great Explorers Key Stage I Assembly Christopher Columbus & Neil Armstrong
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Great Explorers Key Stage I Assembly Christopher Columbus & Neil Armstrong

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Great Explorers Key Stage I Assembly Christopher Columbus & Neil Armstrong Cast of 30 - easily adaptable up or down Duration - around 20 minutes Sample Text: Columbus: What? You mean, you got (pauses as he points up) right up there? To the moon? Armstrong: Correct. And I was the first to walk on its surface! Child 16: ‘One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’. Weren’t those your words? Armstrong: Indeed they were! Columbus: But, what did you find up there? Aldrin: Ooh, rocks and dust! Columbus: Rocks and dust? Was that all? Huh! I can imagine what would have happened to me if I had just brought rocks and dust back to the king and queen of Spain! Collins: So what did you take back with you? Columbus: Ooh! Gold, spices – we’re talking real treasures, from China and India. Collins: Are you sure? Columbus: Well, of course I’m sure. (Pulling out gold treasure from his pocket) Here! See? Narrator: No. I don’t think he (pointing to Collins) meant what you brought back. I think he was talking about where you thought you’d been! Columbus: (Taking out his compass) Now! Look here! This here compass never let me down! Just what are you saying? Child 17: That you didn’t make it to the Indies! Columbus: (Exploding) What? But (spluttering) that’s not possible! Child 18: You landed in the Bahamas! Columbus: The Bahamas? Child 19: That’s right! The Indies were in the opposite direction! Narrator: But he was trying to find another route to India and China - across the sea, instead of over land. Child 20: But the land he came to was America! Columbus: Ah! Well, at least I was the first there! Child 21: Well, actually no, you weren’t! Child 22: The Vikings had got there 500 years before you! (Columbus clutches his head and sinks to the floor, groaning) (Narrator goes over and helps him to his feet) Narrator: Oh dear! We didn’t mean to upset you! Also available off www.plays-r-ussell.com: This script is one of the Famous People Series based on the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements, comparing aspects of life in different periods. This list of ‘greats’ includes: · Queens - Elizabeth I and Victoria (now available) · Explorers - Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong · Inventors - William Caxton and Tim Berners-Lee · Painters - Pieter Bruegel the Elder and LS Lowry · Women In Civil Rights - Rosa Parks and Emily Davison · Nurses - Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell Also Available KSII – Great Tudor Explorers
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)
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.
FREE Sport Relief Assembly
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FREE Sport Relief Assembly

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FREE Sport Relief Assembly Every year I do something to raise money for Sport Relief - this generally in my capacity as a zumba instructor (guess what ‘sport’ is there in the script, representing Z on the sports list?!) This script is about as versatile as I can make it - any cast size, any duration, any number of songs/music suggestions. Good luck to everyone ‘doing their thing’ this year. My challenge is going to be ‘sitting still for one minute’ during each of my 15 zumba routines - a challenge beyond anything I have ever undertaken before! If you’ve ever been to a zumba class you’ll know what I mean! Simple message to accompany this script - ENJOY! Sample Text: Child 26: Volleyball Child 27: Weightlifting Child 28: Wrestling Child 29: Zumba! Narrator: (To Child 29) I beg your pardon? Child 29: Zumba! Would you like a demonstration? Music 2 – Zumba number/Latin American music (Child 29 ‘performs’) (Loud applause from cast and audience) Narrator: Magnificent! And I can see that dancing is just as energetic as all those other sports we’ve mentioned! Child 1: (Fanning him/herself) Phew! All that hot Latin American music! Child 2: But let’s not forget our winter sports! Child 3: We have only just had those fantastic Winter Olympics! Child 4: Who could forget Child 5: The skiing Child 6: Bobsleigh Child 7: Figure skating Child 8: Ice hockey Next big sporting event – THE WORLD CUP! Check out assemblies, guided reading scripts and quiz on this wonderful theme! All available off TES and