KS2 Science Assemblies & Songbook
All Year Round Whole Class Assemblies for KS2 (ages 7-11) by Andrew Oxspring
6 dynamic, informative and fun whole-class assemblies for 20 – 40 children to perform. Science themes incorporating simple practical demonstrations, narrative and short dramatic/comedy presentations. Detailed scripts, stage directions, and props/costume lists.
‘Let’s Sing About…Science!’ songbook for KS2 (ages 7-11) by Ian Faraday
A fantastic new resource to complement your science topic work, presentations and assemblies! With all major themes from the KS2 curriculum covered, the wonderful melodies, lyrics and arrangements of these songs will enhance your children’s knowledge and understanding of all things scientific…..and they’re a lot of fun to sing, of course!
Assembly 1: Forces – use with song ‘Push & Pull’
Summary: The assembly begins with a look at what the word ‘force’ means when applied to our daily lives. We then consider what scientific forces are, ie. pushes or pulls. There follows practical demonstrations and explanations of gravity, up-thrust, friction, and air resistance. The class then perform a short drama/comedy which shows the dramatic effect forces can have, in an adaptation of the ancient legend of Icarus. A prayer closes the assembly.
Assembly 2: The Circulatory System – use with song ‘Go With The Flow’
Summary: The assembly begins with an aerobics instructor putting a group through its paces, followed by a short presentation on the mechanics of the heart and circulatory system. ‘Scientists’ then demonstrate the journey of blood cells carrying oxygen to, and carbon dioxide away from body parts, in a ‘living model’ made up of children playing these blood cells. Following a lesson in keeping your heart healthy, the connection is made between the heart and love in a short comedy/drama based on the ancient myth of Narcissus and Echo. A prayer closes the assembly.
Assembly 3: Sound – use with song ‘Sound Is All Around’
Summary: The assembly begins with a look at the problems of sharing a house with loud children! This is followed by a short presentation/demonstration on how sound is made at a source and travels via vibrations to the ear. We consider the concepts of blocking sound and echoes. Using tuned and non-tuned instruments the class then demonstrates the principles behind how sound can be altered in terms of pitch and volume (loudness). A short comedy/drama based on the ancient tale King Midas and the Ass’s Ears highlights the fact that not everyone has the same opinion on what is a pleasant sound and what is not! A prayer closes the assembly.
Assembly 4: Light – use with song ‘Let There Be Light’
Incorporating Diwali. Ideal for performance late October to mid November.
Summary: The assembly begins by considering various sources of light, and how light is important in our daily lives. Following a short lesson about how we see, there is a demonstration of how light can be blocked (forming shadows), or can pass through materials depending on whether they are translucent, transparent or opaque. We move on to look at how light can be reflected and how mirrors are useful in various situations. There follows a short dramatic presentation of the story of Rama and Sita and the origins of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. A prayer closes the assembly.
Assembly 5: Electricity – use with song ‘Electricity’
Summary: The assembly begins with 3 contestants in a game show pressing buzzers to answer questions. One contestant’s buzzer doesn’t work, and on inspection it is revealed to have an incomplete circuit. With children playing the parts of electrical components there follows a demonstration of how to build a circuit and how to change the component features. We then consider the everyday uses of electricity, our reliance upon it, and how to be safe when using it. Then, having fixed the contestant’s buzzer in the light of the facts learned, the quiz concludes with questions about electricity. A prayer closes the assembly.
Assembly 6: The 7 Life Processes – use with song ‘What Makes A Living Thing’
Ideal for performance at harvest time.
Summary: To begin with the seven life processes (movement, reproduction, sensitivity, nutrition, excretion, respiration and growth) are looked at in detail, and we consider what it is to alive. The processes of nutrition and growth are then featured in more detail and there follows a short drama presentation about Persephone and Demeter, which tells how the ancient Greeks explained the seasons and the growth and harvest of crops. A prayer closes the assembly.
What do you get?
This combination of science-based assemblies and songs is ideal for whole-class presentations, to complement your themed topic work in the classroom, or to simply enjoy during singing sessions.
The Whole Class Assemblies for Key Stage 2 book contains:
- Detailed scripts of 6 different assemblies.
- Stage directions, props and costume lists.
The Let’s Sing About…Science!‘songbook contains:
- printed lyrics & piano score with vocal melody & guitar chords.
- an ‘enhanced’ CD – this contains songs (backing tracks & vocal versions) which can be played on a standard CD player, and also data files (MP3s of all tracks, plus lyric sheets as PDFs) for use on your computer, interactive whiteboard or digital display device.
- interesting discussion points about the topic and suggested actions for your children to perform whilst singing.
UK schools can order with an invoice to be paid within 30 days. Non-UK schools and private individuals (not ordering on behalf of a school) are required to pay for these at the point of ordering.