A primary school assembly provides young students with an opportunity to share their talents and knowledge with the school community. Primary students also develop valuable public presentation skills and experience when they host an assembly. Schools differ in the frequency of assemblies: some schools hold weekly assemblies, while others prefer monthly ones. Be sure to invite parents to attend. They give students a vocal and appreciative audience.
Students enjoy using a game show format for assemblies. There are many game shows that students are familiar with to choose from. "Are You Smarter than a Fifth-Grader?" lends itself well to assemblies. The name can easily be changed to fit the class presenting the assembly. For example, during the second-grade assembly, the name becomes "Are You Smarter than a Second-Grader?"
Make a list of categories such as "Kindergarten Math" or "First-Grade Social Studies" and write them on a white board placed on stage. Have one question ready for each category, such as, "Who was the first President of the United States?" Select two presenters from the class to MC the assembly. They ask the questions and select participants from the audience. A presenter selects an audience member and asks them to choose a category. The presenter reads the question in the selected category and the participant has two minutes to answer the question. In between questions, the class can ask the audience if anyone has had a birthday in the past week. Birthday students come to the front and have the whole assembly sing to them.
Safety is an important school topic for primary school students because they are just learning about venturing into the world on their own. A semi-annual assembly devoted to safety helps impress on young students the need to be safe at home and at school. Many police departments have educational outreach programs on safety issues. If your community doesn't have a program like this, suggest it to your local police chief or public relations officer. An officer comes to school to talk about several safety issues that are important to primary students in your community, such as pedestrian safety or stranger danger. After the presentation, a short question-and-answer session lets students bring some of their concerns to light. The officer presentation should include visual aids to keep the interest of a young audience. The assembly ends with the officer reminding students that they should know their home phone numbers and addresses.
Every year some students leave the school; they may be moving to a new city or a new school. A Leaver's Assembly at the end of the year gives teachers and students an avenue for saying goodbye to their students and friends. It also gives leavers a special memory about their school.
The classroom teachers of the leaving students call them to the front of the assembly. The teachers make a few comments about their students, mentioning some of the special things they did during the year. They give each student a class photo, a memory book of some of the year's highlights and a leavers' certificate.
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