Nursery Rhyme Origins Assembly


Nursery Rhyme Origins Assembly


Nursery Rhyme Origins Assembly

Nursery Rhyme Origins Assembly is on the origins of nursery rhymes and covers ten nursery rhymes. All of these (bar one – Humpty Dumpty) are different from two other scripts on Nursery Rhymes – one (10 nursery rhymes) entitled: Nursery Rhymes Assembly for Key Stage I; and the other (20 nursery rhymes) entitled Nursery Rhymes Assembly Extended Version (which can be used by either Key Stage I or Key Stage II or both!)

Cast Size – 30 – easily adjusted up or down

Duration – around 20 minutes.

Sample Text:

(Enter Humpty Dumpty and soldiers)

Narrator:         Oh oh! Soldiers! Please let this not be more violence?

(Whole cast sings as Humpty Dumpty and soldiers carry out actions)

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men

Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Narrator:                     So. I’m hoping nothing worse than an omelette?

Humpty Dumpty:         (Indignantly) Not even as exciting as that! (Pauses) A cannon!

Narrator:                     Pardon? The most well-known nursery rhyme

Humpty Dumpty:         I know! The best-loved, the most popular, the

Narrator:                     (Irritably) Yes, yes.

(Aside to audience) I can see where the large head – make that ego – comes from!

But do tell us about this cannon!

Humpty Dumpty:         Not a lot to tell, really. Apparently used in the English Civil War, placed on a wall, and, well, I don’t need to tell you the rest!

(Exit Humpty Dumpty and soldiers)

Narrator:                     Well, that was a bit of an anti-climax! I do hope we’ve got something better coming up before the end of this assembly.

(Sound of noisy children)

Narrator:                     (Looking at watch) Oh please don’t tell me its playtime already!

(Enter Old Woman waving a stick as children run around her boisterously)

(the Whole cast recites nursery rhyme; Old woman and children act out lines)

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.
She had so many children, she didn’t know what to do;
She gave them some broth without any bread;
Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.

Narrator:                     (Sarcastically) Delightful!

(Aside to audience) I’ve no doubt we’ll be hearing from social services!

Old Woman:                No! No! Just giving them a little discipline!

(Old Woman waves stick at Narrator who backs away quickly)

Narrator:                     So, who was the real Old Woman?

Old Woman:                (Placing the crown on her head) Ah that’s better! Queen Caroline II. I gave my husband eight children!

(Looks around) It would seem some of them got away! Grrr!

(Old Woman flails around with her stick)

Where are the little blighters?

Narrator:                     Long since gone, if they’ve got any sense!

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