Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

My Best Assembly

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

My Best Assembly

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Anxious about the end of the holiday? Your pupils are too...

At the beginning of September, most of us, if we're honest, have mixed feelings about the year to come. That longed-for summer break is over, the alarm clock is set and it's back to bells, books and the smell of freshly waxed floors.

It's good for children to know that few people find change easy, and that the anxieties and doubts they experience when moving classes or schools are common among adults, too. On the other hand, research shows that the most contented people are not those who avoid change but those who embrace it; those who learn, through trial and error, to manage it well.

Start this assembly by inviting everyone to review their summer holiday and to share any highlights. This can be done in pairs, then a few can be chosen to speak about their experiences - perhaps a child, a teacher and a teaching assistant.

For a listening focus, ask children to report back their partner's thoughts. …

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