By Margaret Liversidge
for Whole School
To give children
a perspective, in an easy recall fashion (acrostic), of some of the positive elements/aspects
of their school life. This assembly could be relevant in encouraging a more positive
whole-school attitude after, perhaps, a difficult incident. It could also offer
a beginning-of-term focus or mid/end-term opportunity for reflection.
- OHT or flip-chart prepared
with the word SCHOOL written vertically as an acrostic (see below). Blank OHT
or flip-chart page and pen.
- If appropriate, refer
to and encourage reflection and feedback from the children with regard to a particular
incident, or a difficult or significant time.
- Ask what is the opposite
of 'positive' - 'negative' - and spend a few moments talking about how different,
and how much better, life can be if we have a positive rather than a negative
attitude. Take several suggestions as to ways in which we might demonstrate a
negative attitude at school; expand that this is a problem adults have as well
as children! Explain that today in assembly we are going to think of six positive
things that school means to us individually.
- Brainstorm six ideas as
to what school means to the children, encouraging personal thoughts that do not
need to relate to, or include, anyone else. Prepare to record the children's contributions
on the OHT or flip-chart for all to see. Use the prefix 'At our/my school I am...'.
Verbally prefix all the contributions the same way, e.g. 'At my school I am busy/happy/interested'.
Simplify and record the responses.
- Move on to presenting
the pre-prepared acrostic, revealing one line at a time with a brief explanation
in context. Ensure that the children respond collectively, repeating the word
after the prefix 'At school I am...'. The suggested acrostic, which can be adapted,
At school I am:
- Recap on all six points
of the acrostic with the children joining in. If time allows, encourage volunteers
to come to the front and recite the six points, with prompting as needed.
Lead a brief time of reflection
on each point, suggesting that the children ask themselves if they feel safe/happy,
etc.. Encourage them to consider the difference a positive attitude could make
to each day and remind them that they can approach teachers or good friends if
they have problems they wish/need to discuss.
Thank you that at school we have the opportunity to be safe,
challenged, happy, optimistic, outgoing and learning.
Please help us to remember to adopt a positive attitude towards our work and our
'Prayer of St Francis'
(Come and Praise 2, 147).