Wildest Dreams - Working Towards Ideals and Imagined Goals
An assembly from the Culham St Gabriel archive
Suitable for Whole School (Pri)
To look at what our wildest dreams might be and how it is important to aim high.
Preparation and materials
Write the following statement on a large piece of paper or whiteboard, large enough that everyone will be able to see it when it is displayed during the assembly:
The bedroom of your dreams fitted free!
- You will also need some pads of sticky notes and pencils.
- Have available the song ‘Any dream will do’ from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and the means to play it at the end of the assembly.
- Talk about the statement on the large piece of paper or whiteboard and what it means. Is it accurate? Is it realistic? What might a 'bedroom of someone's dreams' be like?
Get the children to give you some ideas as to what their ideal bedroom would be like and why. Are everyone's ideas and ideals the same?
- Ask them to think about the 'of your dreams' part of the statement. On the large sheet of paper or whiteboard, ask the children to record words or phrases that explore this idea more closely. These might include such concepts as perfection, favourite, unusual, exciting, imaginative, extraordinary, ultimate, fulfilling every need and desire.
- Ask the children what the limitations might be on achieving each of these aspects 'of our dreams' in turn. Can we achieve perfection? Our every need and desire?
- Consider the phrase people often use - 'in your wildest dreams'. Does it sound as if we are defeated before we begin? Are our expectations too high?
- Share the thought that it may be one thing to dream up things we want, but another to dream about what we as people want to be. Must our dreams be limited? Can we always achieve what we set out to do? How important is it to try, no matter how 'wild' our expectations are?
- Ask the children to offer ideas or write on sticky notes what their 'wildest dreams' (that is, hopes and expectations) are, especially concerning what they would like to be in 5, 10, 15 years' time and so on.
Time for reflection
Think about what you hope to be, what kind of person you want to be, what job you would like to do, how you would like others to think of and treat you.
Think, in particular, about what you have said or written your 'wildest dream' is and consider how you will be able to work towards achieving it.
We are all your special people
You have given us gifts and skills to share.
Help us to realize what you want us to be.
Show us how to fulfil your dreams and hopes for us, to bring us closer to you.
‘Any dream will do’ from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat