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September Assemblies - Primary

TitleSuitability
The Hug
How can we help others at the start of the school year?
Whole School (Pri)
Learning from an Older Generation: Challenging Stereotypes
The fourth in a series considering lessons that can be learnt from an older generation
Whole School (Pri)
A New Beginning
A new school year - a new start!
Whole School (Pri)
The Vine
The fifth in a series considering the ‘I am’ statements of Jesus
Whole School (Pri) - Church School
Road Signs
How do we live our lives?
Whole School (Pri)
Little Eyes Are Watching
Who will copy you?
Whole School (Pri)
Making Friends
The invitation of friendship
Whole School (Pri)
Peace Symbols
The International Day of Peace is on 21 September
Whole School (Pri)

More from the archive...

You may find the following assemblies from our archive useful this month. To explore the archive yourself, follow the "Find an assembly..." link at the top of the page.

TitleSuitability
A brand new start!
To equip children to face new experiences with confidence and trust (SEAL theme 1: New beginnings).
Key Stage 2
Fresh Starts
Whole School (Pri)

From the Culham Collective Worship archive...

You may find the following assemblies useful this month. To explore the archives yourself, follow the "Find an assembly..." link at the top of the page.

TitleSuitability
Autumn Leaves
An assembly from the Culham St Gabriel archive
Whole School (Pri) - Church School
Love
An assembly from the Culham St Gabriel archive
Whole School (Pri) - Church School
People from the Bible: Moses and the Ten Commandments
An assembly from the Culham St Gabriel archive
Whole School (Pri) - Church School
Recognizing Our Faults
An assembly from the Culham St Gabriel archive
Whole School (Pri)

Christian Festivals...

Selection for Harvest

TitleSuitability
Harvest Thanksgiving
To help children give thanks for their food - even if it isn't their favourite!
Whole School (Pri)
Food, Glorious Food
To show the wonder of God's provision of food. To reflect on the need to share food around the world.
Whole School (Pri)

October Assemblies - Primary

TitleSuitability
Sand and Stars
Beyond counting!
Whole School (Pri)
Shine the Light
Considers light in relation to Halloween
Whole School (Pri)
An Apple a Day . . .
A Harvest assembly - What do our bodies need?
Whole School (Pri)
Ready to Help!
An assembly in the ‘Hello, Scruff!’ series
Reception / Key Stage 1
Autumn Changes
In life, everything changes, but God is unchanging
Whole School (Pri)
Do You See Me?
Do we notice what is going on around us?
Whole School (Pri)
Vessel or Lamp?
‘A child is not a vessel to be filled, but a lamp to be lit’
Key Stage 1/2
Honest or Dishonest?
The challenge of honesty versus dishonesty
Whole School (Pri)

More from the archive...

You may find the following assemblies from our archive useful this month. To explore the archive yourself, follow the "Find an assembly..." link at the top of the page.

TitleSuitability
A Harvest Thank You!
Thank-you cards matter
Whole School (Pri)
A Bowlful of Harvest
A wholesome harvest assembly
Whole School (Pri)
Harvest Vegetables
Celebrating our favourites
Whole School (Pri)

From the Culham Collective Worship archive...

You may find the following assemblies useful this month. To explore the archives yourself, follow the "Find an assembly..." link at the top of the page.

TitleSuitability
Discovering Treasure
An assembly from the Culham St Gabriel archive
Whole School (Pri) - Church School
Bringing Life
An assembly from the Culham St Gabriel archive
Whole School (Pri) - Church School
Everyone Is Welcome!
An assembly from the Culham St Gabriel archive
Whole School (Pri) - Church School
Look Inside
An assembly from the Culham St Gabriel archive
Whole School (Pri) - Church School

Christian Festivals...

Selection for Harvest

TitleSuitability
Harvest Thanksgiving
To help children give thanks for their food - even if it isn't their favourite!
Whole School (Pri)
Food, Glorious Food
To show the wonder of God's provision of food. To reflect on the need to share food around the world.
Whole School (Pri)

November Assemblies - Primary

TitleSuitability
Ohana
‘Ohana means family. Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten’
Whole School (Pri)
Three Important Words
The importance of ‘please’, ‘sorry’ and ‘thank you’
Whole School (Pri)
Remembering
The importance of remembering
Key Stage 2
Poppy Appeal
Why is there a Poppy Appeal every year?
Whole School (Pri)
Influencing Others
We can influence other people
Whole School (Pri)
In a Knot!
How do we approach problems?
Whole School (Pri)
What Is Advent?
The meaning of Advent
Whole School (Pri)
Bullying: Patch, the Annoying Puppy
Bullying is not acceptable
Reception / Key Stage 1

More from the archive...

You may find the following assemblies from our archive useful this month. To explore the archive yourself, follow the "Find an assembly..." link at the top of the page.

TitleSuitability
Peace and Its Symbols
The meaning of peace
Key Stage 2
Lots of Fireworks!
Bonfire Night is more fun when we remember to be safe
Whole School (Pri)
Ready for Advent?
3 December 2017 is Advent Sunday
Whole School (Pri)

From the Culham Collective Worship archive...

You may find the following assemblies useful this month. To explore the archives yourself, follow the "Find an assembly..." link at the top of the page.

TitleSuitability
Good Foundations
An assembly from the Culham St Gabriel archive
Whole School (Pri)
Advent: the Candle
An assembly from the Culham St Gabriel archive
Whole School (Pri)
The Life of John Wesley Part 2: A Life Lived
An assembly from the Culham St Gabriel archive
Whole School (Pri)
The Life of John Wesley Part 1: A Narrow Escape
An assembly from the Culham St Gabriel archive
Whole School (Pri)

December Assemblies - Primary

TitleSuitability
Christmas Trees
The history of the Christmas tree
Key Stage 2
A Time For . . .
What is Christmas about?
Key Stage 2
Special Gifts
Don’t judge a gift by its wrapping
Key Stage 2
What Is Behind the Gift?
The attitude behind the gift
Key Stage 2
The Salvation Army at Christmas
Appreciating what we have
Key Stage 2
The ‘Thank You’ Chain
The importance of saying ‘thank you’
Key Stage 2
Lessons from Socks
Variety in friendship
Whole School (Pri)
The Story of George Müller
Trusting in God
Key Stage 2

More from the archive...

You may find the following assemblies from our archive useful this month. To explore the archive yourself, follow the "Find an assembly..." link at the top of the page.

TitleSuitability
Christmas Dinner
Remembering those who are hungry this Christmas
Whole School (Pri)
The Night Before Christmas
This assembly is taken from 'The Flying Pizza and Other Assemblies' by Alan Barker
Whole School (Pri)
The Essence of Christmas
What is Christmas really all about?
Whole School (Pri)
Angels at Christmas
Do you believe in angels?
Whole School (Pri) - Church School

From the Culham Collective Worship archive...

You may find the following assemblies useful this month. To explore the archives yourself, follow the "Find an assembly..." link at the top of the page.

TitleSuitability
Christmas: A Surprise Present
An assembly from the Culham St Gabriel archive
Whole School (Pri)
Silence and Listening
An assembly from the Culham St Gabriel archive
Key Stage 2 - Church School
Thank You for Medicine!
An assembly from the Culham St Gabriel archive
Whole School (Pri)
What Is a Friend?
An assembly from the Culham St Gabriel archive
Key Stage 1

Standing Assemblies - Primary

The assemblies in this section tackle issues or deal with important events that occur from time to time in the life of any school.

TitleSuitability
The Life of Mother Teresa
Assembly to accompany the book ‘A World of Difference’ by Bob Hartman, delivered free to schools in October 2017
Key Stage 1
The Life of George Cadbury
Assembly to accompany the book ‘A World of Difference’ by Bob Hartman, delivered free to schools in October 2017
Key Stage 1
The Life of Harriet Tubman
Assembly to accompany the book ‘A World of Difference’ by Bob Hartman, delivered free to schools in October 2017
Key Stage 1
The Life of Michael Faraday
Assembly to accompany the book ‘A World of Difference’ by Bob Hartman, delivered free to schools in October 2017
Key Stage 1
The Life of Florence Nightingale
Assembly to accompany the book ‘A World of Difference’ by Bob Hartman, delivered free to schools in October 2017
Key Stage 1
The Life of William Wilberforce
Assembly to accompany the book ‘A World of Difference’ by Bob Hartman, delivered free to schools in October 2017
Key Stage 1
The Life of Elizabeth Fry
Assembly to accompany the book ‘A World of Difference’ by Bob Hartman, delivered free to schools in October 2017
Key Stage 1
The Life of Thomas Barnardo
Assembly to accompany the book ‘A World of Difference’ by Bob Hartman, delivered free to schools in October 2017
Key Stage 1
The Life of Corrie Ten Boom
Assembly to accompany the book ‘A World of Difference’ by Bob Hartman, delivered free to schools in October 2017
Key Stage 1
The Life of Martin Luther King
Assembly to accompany the book ‘A World of Difference’ by Bob Hartman, delivered free to schools in October 2017
Key Stage 1
The Life of Catherine Booth
Assembly to accompany the book ‘A World of Difference’ by Bob Hartman, delivered free to schools in October 2017
Key Stage 1
The Life of Cecil Jackson-Cole
Assembly to accompany the book ‘A World of Difference’ by Bob Hartman, delivered free to schools in October 2017
Key Stage 1
Favourite Foods - A Harvest Assembly
To recognize the different diets of living creatures and to be thankful for our favourite foods.
Whole School (Pri)
Is Daddy OK?
To help schools support children who have parents on active service abroad.
Whole School (Pri)
Ending and Beginning - A Leavers' Assembly
To provide an opportunity to say goodbye and support those who are leaving school
Key Stage 2
Bullying - David and Goliath
To teach and enjoy the story. To help children learn coping strategies for bullying situations
Whole School (Pri)
Change of Head Teacher
To mark a significant moment in the life of a school. To celebrate difference and diversity.
Whole School (Pri)
Celebrating difference
To encourage tolerance
Key Stage 2
A death associated with the school community
To create space for bereavement; to aid the process of mourning; to offer a pathway through a difficult time.
Whole School (Pri)
Conflict
To focus on why conflicts break out and what makes them so hard to stop. To reflect on current conflicts in the International and school communities.
Key Stage 2
Mums
To contrast life in the West with parts of the developing world, using the experience of mothers as an example.
Key Stage 2
What's In a Name
Getting to know new children. Will provide a good way of encouraging the new intake to introduce themselves to senior member of staff.
Key Stage 2
Remembrance
To help the children to understand the importance of remembering, and of how our memories shape us as individuals
Whole School (Pri)
Our School
To reflect on our school as a team in which everyone has an important role.
Whole School (Pri)
New School Year
To reflect on the new opportunities and challenges a new school year will bring.
Whole School (Pri)

Festivals of World Religions - Primary

Assemblies linked to the major festivals of world religions.

TitleSuitability
Al-Hijra
To consider the meaning of ‘community’, and the beginnings of Islam.
Key Stage 2
Baisakhi: A Sikh celebration of commitment
To value commitment.
Key Stage 2
Bodhi Day
To look at how Buddhism began and understand that learning something new can change the way we think about things.
Whole School (Pri)
Bodhi Day
How the Buddha gained enlightenment. How learning something new can change the way we think about things. The place of suffering in learning and growth.
Key Stage 2
Chinese New Year, or Yuan Tan
Chinese New Year; new beginnings; looking forward to the future.
Key Stage 2
Divali: Festival of lights
To reflect upon the significance of the Hindu festival of Divali.
Whole School (Pri)
Eid Ul-Adha - Muslim festival of sacrifice (15 October 2013)
To consider the meaning of sacrifice.
Reception / Key Stage 1
Eid ul-Fitr
To consider the meaning of the words ‘Eid ul-Fitr’ and thereby to understand something about the different facets of this Muslim festival.
Key Stage 2
Hanukkah
To explain the festival of Hanukkah and to think about what a miracle is for us today.
Whole School (Pri)
Janmashtami: A birthday celebration
To focus on the Hindu festival of Janmashtami, and the importance of welcome.
Key Stage 2
Magha Puja
To look at the Buddhist festival of Magha Puja.
Whole School (Pri)
Mahavira Jayanti: Jain festival (April)
Introduces the Jain festival celebrating the life and enlightenment of Mahavira Jayanti. This assembly is taken from Primary School Assemblies for Religious Festivals (SPCK, 2012).
Whole School (Pri)
Maulid Al-Nabi: The Prophet Muhammad's Birthday
The life of prophet Muhammad; believing; messages
Whole School (Pri)
Naw Ruz: 'The beginning of spring' (21 March)
To explain the Baha’í Faith holiday of Naw-Ruz and to encourage understanding of different religious holidays.
Whole School (Pri)
Nov Ruz (usually 21 March)
To introduce the Zoroastrian faith and its key festival of Nov Ruz (New Year).
Key Stage 2
Paryushan
To consider the Jain festival of Paryushan.
Whole School (Pri)
Raksha Bandhan
To reflect upon sibling relationships with reference to the Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan.
Whole School (Pri)
Ramadan
To consider how denying ourselves something we crave teaches us self-control and makes us more grateful for those things we take for granted.
Key Stage 2
Ramadan
To understand this special time for Muslims, and think about what is important in life.
Key Stage 2
Ratha yatra: A chariot festival
To focus on the Hindu festival of Ratha Yatra and celebrate a shared sense of community.
Whole School (Pri)
Ridvan: The Garden of Ridvan's letters to a friend
To explain the Bahá’í faith holiday of Ridván and to encourage understanding of different religious holidays.
Whole School (Pri)
Rosh Hashanah: The Jewish New Year
To learn about the Jewish festival of Rosh Hashanah and think about how different sounds make us feel different things.
Whole School (Pri)
Sukkot: The Festival of Tabernacles
To help children learn about the Jewish festival of Sukkot, and think about thankfulness.
Whole School (Pri)
The ascension of Baha' Ullah
To understand the basic beliefs of the Baha’i faith by considering the life and death of Baha’ Ullah and thinking about our own behaviour towards and attitudes about others.
Key Stage 2
The Baha'i Festival of Ridvan
Themes: oneness of mankind, unity, global family, belonging
Whole School (Pri)
The Birthday of Guru Nanak
The life of Guru Nanak; equality; leadership
Key Stage 2
The birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Ji: A Sikh celebration
To celebrate Guru Nanak and his commitment to equality.
Key Stage 1
The Birthday of Haile Selassie
Themes of celebration, remembering an important person, African culture, equality
Whole School (Pri)
The Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment and Death
How the Buddha gained enlightenment; making discoveries, change, suffering
Whole School (Pri)
The festival of Vasant Panchami: A new beginning
To celebrate new beginnings in life and learning.
Key Stage 2
The Hindu Festival of Divali
Light; hope; new beginnings
Whole School (Pri)
The Hindu Festival of Ganesh-Chaturthi
To learn about the festival, which celebrates the birth of Ganesh, the elephant-headed god, and focus on celebration, new beginnings, overcoming difficulties
Whole School (Pri)
The Hindu Festival of Holi
The coming of spring and new life; good is stronger than evil
Whole School (Pri)
The Jewish Festival of Hanukah
Standing up for what is important; overcoming difficulty; light
Whole School (Pri)
The Jewish Festival of Purim
To think about what it means to speak out against something that is wrong.
Whole School (Pri)
The Jewish Festival of Rosh Hashana
To explore the roots and meaning of the festival and themes of Jewish new year, to think about new beginnings and the effects our actions have on others.
Whole School (Pri)
The martyrdom of the Bab (9 July)
To look at faith in the context of the Baha’i religion.
Key Stage 2
The Muslim Festival of Eid-ul-Fitr
Celebrating the end of Ramadan
Whole School (Pri)
The Prophet's Night Journey and Ascension
To learn why Muslims pray five times a day and focus on prayer and reflection
Whole School (Pri)
The Sikh Festival of Vaisakhi (or Baisakhi)
Themes of loyalty, self-sacrifice, devotion, bravery
Whole School (Pri)
Wesak: Buddhist celebration
Buddhist celebration of the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha (May)
Whole School (Pri)
Yom Kippur: Day of Atonement
To learn about the festival of Yom Kippur and to think about its themes of wrongdoing and forgiveness.
Whole School (Pri)
Zartusht-no-diso
To introduce this Zoroastrian festival and reflect on the teachings of Zaroaster.
Key Stage 2
Ganesh Chaturthi - Festival of the birthday of the elephant-headed god
Considers how to overcome obstacles with reference to the Hindu god, Ganesha (SEAL theme 1: New beginnings). This assembly is taken from Primary School Assemblies for Religious Festivals (SPCK, 2012).
Key Stage 2

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