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Travelling on

Looks at life choices and the importance of moving forwards.

by ‘You're free’ by Yomanda

Suitable for Whole School (Pri)

Aims

To think about the choices we have to make as we journey through life and the importance of always moving forwards.

Preparation and materials

Assembly

  1. Show the children each picture in turn and ask them what they can see. Ask if they have ever travelled using the modes of transport seen in the pictures. You may like to ask a few to describe their journeys, which may have been to other countries or else closer to home.
  2. Tell the children the well-known saying ‘Life is a journey’. Ask them if they have any ideas about what this saying could mean. Then explain that the Oxford English Dictionary defines the word ‘journey’ as ‘an act of travelling from one place to another’.

    As we go on a journey by car, bus, plane and so on, we see different things and have new experiences. Sometimes we stop off on our journeys to visit people, see new sights, stay overnight. Whatever we do on our journeys, however, we usually have the aim of getting somewhere.
  3. Explain that people often refer to life as a journey. We are born as tiny babies and eventually we will die, but, in between these two events, we have a wonderful, exciting journey to take. Just like when we travel by car, bus and so on, our journey through life will give us new experiences, allow us to see and try different things and will bring us into contact with lots of different people.
  4. Ask the children what would happen if they wanted to go to a certain place, such as London, but they never caught the train or jumped into the car – they would never get there and would miss out on whatever they could have enjoyed there. Explain that, in life, we all get opportunities to try new things, make new friends, learn new things, go to new places. If we never grasp hold of these opportunities, we miss out! If we are unwilling to ‘climb on board’ every opportunity, we may miss out on finding something that will make our lives even more wonderful!
  5. Explain that, as a new school year or term begins or the children leave one school to move on to another school or secondary school, they are going to have many opportunities to try new things and get involved with new projects. Encourage the children to grasp every opportunity as otherwise they will never know, it could change the journey they take through life!

Time for reflection

Ask the children to think of something they enjoy. Ask them to think about the first time they tried this particular thing – it could be a sport, a food, an activity, a friendship with someone. Ask them to think about what could have happened if they had never been willing to try that activity, food, friendship. If they hadn’t been willing to try, they wouldn’t now be enjoying the benefits of it.

Prayer
Dear Lord,
Thank you for our school and all the people who are involved in it.
Thank you for all the opportunities we have day after day to try new things and make new friends.
Help us to always be willing to try something different as we make our journeys through life.
Amen.

Song/music

‘One more step along the world I go’ (Come and Praise, 47)
‘He who would valiant be’ (Come and Praise, 44)

Publication date: July 2013   (Vol.15 No.7)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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