Nature Assembly including the Seasons
Nature Assembly including the Seasons. The writing of this assembly was prompted by an item on the news, revealing that many children remain very ‘out of touch’ with nature. This is the writer’s attempt to take a small step towards addressing that problem.
What does it take to impress some children?! Find out in Nature Assembly a journey through the Natural World.
Nature is a massive subject so I have had to be very selective re choice of animals, plants, wildlife in general. The focus is very much on wildlife and again, to narrow things down a bit, I have focused on wildlife in the U.K. Apologies to other countries – I will happily write a script on your wildlife, should you request it!
Nature Assembly is an extremely versatile script both in terms of cast size (written for 30 but could include more than one year group); duration – anything from 10 minutes upwards; and age group.
Suitable for any age group
The script can be adapted for any age group e.g. by adding additional information for older children, or taking out/replacing the existing text with simpler information for younger children.
I have categorized it as Key Stage I (Children aged 5 – 7 years old) as this is the best ‘match’ for the script as it stands. However, the script could be used as a template for a Key Stage II script (7 – 11-year-olds) – with just additional information and increased sophistication of language.
As there is such a wealth of resources that can be drawn from, this assembly could actually be put on by more than one year group.
This assembly makes a brief reference to all four seasons. For more detailed coverage of each season see individual assemblies on:
These can be bought as separate purchases from the Key Stage One – Assemblies – Science section
Duration – easily adaptable up or down This can range from 10 minutes to … however long you wish.
*For a shorter Nature Assembly, just leave out section demonstrating examples of British Wildlife (or the Amazing Facts section). This list can, of course, be changed to other animals, plants etc of the children’s own choice.
For a longer assembly, more information can be added alongside the names of the animals and plants; more facts can be added to the Amazing Facts Section with every child giving an amazing fact; and a selection of poems may be read from the suggestions below.
Cast of 30 – easily adaptable up or down
As mentioned above, this assembly could be put on by more than one year group i.e. as a collective exercise.
Nature Assembly Sample Text:
Child 19: Nettles – ouch!
Child 20: Foxgloves – careful of their poison!
Child 21: And let’s not forget – Forget me not!
Child 22: Or our wonderful trees!
Child 23: Horse Chestnut!
Child 24: Beech!
Child 25: Birch!
Child 26: Oak!
Child 27: Elm
Child 28: And what about all those mushrooms?
Narrator: You’re right! We could just keep adding on and adding on! What a wonderful world we live in!
*End of this section of assembly (see Production Notes)
(Child 1 remains scowling)
Narrator: (Throwing up hands in dismay) Oh I give up! What can we do to impress you this morning?
Child 2: Did you say impress?
Narrator: I certainly did!
Child 3: Well, just listen to these amazing facts.
(Child 1 looks up, showing some interest)
Narrator: Let’s hope they are amazing!
Child 4: Did you know
Child 5: The smallest bird in Britain is a goldcrest? Just 3 inches long!
Child 6: Did you know
Child 7: Our largest mammal is the red deer?
Child 8: Did you know
Child 9: The biggest bird is the white-tailed sea eagle?
Child 10: Did you know
Child 11: The smallest mammal is the pygmy shrew? The size of a thumb!
Child 12: Did you know
Child 13: Hedgehogs have seven thousand spines?