Monday morning is our whole school assembly. The assembly is led by the Headteacher.
At this assembly we all meet together in the main hall. At this assembly we celebrate birthdays, give out Headteacher Awards for special work, award stars to children who have completed their Learning Skills sticker charts, give out Reading Challenge badges, award certificates to teams – e.g football, athletics etc and also allow individuals to share awards they have achieved from outside school – e.g karate, dance or music etc.
At this assembly we sometimes sing our school song – Holly Park Forever . You can listen to the children singing it on the homepage of the website.
We also have presentations from our School, Eco and Learning Councils. We also introduce themes – for example Harvest, New Year, Anti-Bullying etc. We will often remind children about upcoming events such as our fund raising projects or PTA events.
At this assembly we also read out the House point totals for the week and award a cup to the winning House. We also give out our Maths challenge Times table certificates for children who have passed a grade from starter grade to Grade 13 for being able to have quick recall of their times tables.
Each teacher awards 2 stars of the week certificates to members of their class. One is chosen by the teacher, the other is chosen by pupils in the class. Reasons for awards range from being kind, trying very hard, to excellent pieces of work across the whole curriculum.
We also announce which children (one per year group) from Y1-6 have been chosen by the Meal Time Supervisors to be lunch guests and to have their lunch with the Headteacher during the week. Children are chosen because of good manners, polite behaviour and for eating well. Children are chosen regardless of whether they are packed lunch or school dinners.
Listen to the whole school singing Happy Birthday:
Tuesday assembly is usually divided into KS1 and KS2. These assemblies generally take on a more religious theme. We often invite in speakers from different religions to these assemblies. Recently we have had in a local Rabbi, a Priest, a Reverend and some teachers from a local Mosque. These assemblies are taken by senior members of staff.
Tuesday is also the day that classes do an assembly. Each class does one assembly during the year. Parents are invited in to see the assembly. The assembly is generally based on what the children have been learning about in class.
Here are some of the assemblies we have done in the last year:
Here are some pictures from the Maple Class assembly.
This term we have been looking at the Magna Carta as it is 800 years old this year.
Our Wednesday assemblies are split into KS1 and KS2 – these assemblies are taken by class teachers on a rota.
Wednesday assemblies tend to take on a theme for the half term or term. In the past themes have included – our code of conduct, Aesops fables, famous mathematicians, authors, stories that have a moral, people who help us etc.
Here are some of the Wednesday assemblies we have had in the last year:
Once a week teachers take it in turn to lead an assembly. Following on from Anti – Bullying week in the Autumn, the theme for the Spring term is about friendship – sharing, taking turns, caring and being kind.
These assemblies are based on children’s story books and the messages we can learn from them. The teachers try to make the assemblies interactive and fun in order to really engage the children. They dress up, dress children up, use power points, use photos, use puppets and lots of other story telling props.
A couple that we have had have included The Rainbow Fish, The Enormous Turnip and Farmer Duck.
Our Thursday assemblies are music assemblies taken by our Leading Teacher for Music – Mr Hogan.
These assemblies include a wide range of songs. Songs are often sung in relation to upcoming events and themes. For example – the school song, the Olympics, The World Cup, Anti- Bullying week, Eco songs about litter and waste, Harvest songs, songs from other cultures, songs in other languages, songs relating to various religious festivals and Christmas Carols.
On a Friday the children meet together as a class group either in their own classroom, the hall or the dining room for a Circle time. The circle time focuses on issues that children want to put forward. The children come together to solve problems for each other. Circle times are a good opportunity for speaking and listening to others. As a vehicle for learning, circle time fosters a sense of community. Although it supports the development of all children – each child, regardless of ability, can experience a feeling of belonging to the group during circle time. Circle time enhances the social, moral, spiritual and cultural aspect of the curriculum.
In assembly I talked to the children about keeping safe. I talked to the children about the NSPCC ‘PANTS’
We reinforced the ideas that Privates are private, Always remember:
- Your body belongs to you,
- No means no,
- Talk about secrets that upset you,
- Speak up, someone can help.
I have put up posters reinforcing this message in all classrooms and in toilets. Please reinforce this message at home with your children. In September Miss Michael has arranged for us to do quite a lot of work with the NSPCC including assemblies by guest speakers.
Chinese New Year
Every class at Holly Park does a class assembly for the rest of the school and for their parents. Y5 Oak Class did their assembly on Chinese New Year. They told the story about how the different years got to be named after animals. They sang in Chinese and danced using ribbons. There was also lots of acrobatics.