Weather around the World Assembly
Weather around the World Assembly class play ‘defines’ weather (and climate) and gives some examples from around the world (the focus being on the United Kingdom); plus an attempt at explaining why we are all so obsessed with the subject – could it have anything to do with our expectations of English ‘summers’?!
This script is suitable for any year group in Key Stage II i.e. years 3, 4, 5 and 6. The text and concepts are generally simple with examples of Polar, Tropical and Temperate climate zones.
Duration, Around 15 minutes not including any of the music suggestions. Cast of 30 – easily adapted up or down
Late addition: poem Heavy Metal, Stormy Weather by Ian Souter – I came across this poem after I’d written the script. Would be a good addition, I think.
Music 1 Weather with You – Crowded House
(Class files in, taking seats along two rows of 15 seats, facing the audience)
(Narrator stands, takes jacket off and steps forward to address audience)
Narrator: Good morning and welcome to our assembly on
Music 2 Sound of Thunder, Lightning and Rain – musical instruments
(Narrator holds his hands over his head to ward off deluge of rain; then rushes back to his chair and grabs an umbrella, scowling heavily)
(Enter ‘Gene Kelly’, singing and dancing)
Music 3 Singin in the Rain – Gene Kelly
(Narrator holds up hand for music to stop)
Narrator: Hey! Wait a minute! What are you looking so cheerful about? Can’t you see it’s raining?
Gene Kelly: Well, that’s no reason to be miserable. What did you expect? We are in England, you know?
(Exit Gene Kelly)
Narrator: (Irritably) Yes, and it also happens to be summer!
(Enter Weather forecaster, looking around)
Weather Forecaster: Er, um. You wouldn’t happen to be doing a school assembly on The Weather, would you?
Narrator: (Angrily) I most certainly would! Oh, don’t tell me you’re the weather man we were expecting?
Weather Forecaster: Weather Forecaster, that’s correct. I’m most dreadfully sorry I’m late. I see you’ve started without me!
Narrator: As has the weather! I thought you said it was going to be sunny today?
Weather Forecaster: Ah! Well that does depend what part of the country you are in; and of course what time of the day it is. Things change all the time in the world of weather!
Narrator: Including your predictions!
Weather Forecaster: Well, it is very difficult to get it right all the time!
Narrator: (Testily) You can say that again! I mean, what am I supposed to wear?
Weather Forecaster: Well. For this time of year, I’d suggest light clothing, plus a woolly jumper, plus a raincoat!
Narrator: (Sarcastically) Oh great! And your forecast for tomorrow?
Weather: Well, for the South East it looks like it’s going to start fine. But clouding over later with a slight chance of rain.
Narrator: (Sarcastically) Wonderful! So shorts and umbrella again! Oh why is our weather so unpredictable?