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New Year

To celebrate the New Year.

by Gordon and Ronni Lamont

Suitable for Key Stage 1

Aims

To celebrate the New Year.

Preparation and materials

  • Read through the poem.
  • Some calming music would be useful for the reflection at the end.

Assembly

  1. Teach the children the following simple refrain:

    New Year is here
    Clap in the New Year.


    Explain that they can all join in with these words whenever they hear them and that the number of claps will increase with each verse of the poem. Practise the first two verses, then go back to the beginning and do the whole thing.

    One thing is clear
    As we start the New Year.

    (All) New Year is here
    Clap in the New Year.
    (1 clap)

    Two things are true
    Joy to me and to you.

    (All)New Year is here
    Clap in the New Year.
    (2 claps)

    Three things under the sun
    Smiles, fun, joy to everyone.

    (All) New Year is here
    Clap in the New Year.
    (3 claps)

    Four things I know
    New start, new school term
    New things to discover
    New places to go.
    Four things I know
    New places to go.

    (All) New Year is here
    Clap in the New Year.
    (4 claps)

    Five things I see
    My family, my friends
    My classmates, my teacher
    My school.
    Five things I see
    All care for me.

    (All) New Year is here
    Clap in the New Year.
    (5 claps)

    Six things I bring
    Myself, my ideas, my fun
    My laughter, my brains, my strength.
    Six things I bring
    And that’s why I sing

    (All) New Year is here
    Clap in the New Year.
    (6 claps)
  2. Move straight into the song at this point - ‘Celebration rap’.

Time for reflection

End by asking everyone to be still and quiet after all the noise and excitement.

Prayer
Dear God,
thank you for the New Year.
Thank you for new beginnings.
Thank you for everything new.
Amen.

Song/music

‘Celebration rap’ (Come and Praise Beginning, 7)

Publication date: January 2012   (Vol.14 No.1)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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