Year 6 assembly

Every year every class at our primary school puts on an assembly for the school – and parents are invited too. I haven’t blogged about them much before, yet every year they make me really proud. I’ve seen my son play Henry VIII and my daughter play Captain Scott.

If one assembly was going to be special, it was going to be my younger son’s year 6 assembly, just six weeks before he leaves primary school forever. For many years, year 6s nationally have studied World War II, but this year the curriculum changed and WWII became a year 5 topic. Which seems pretty unfair on the year 6s who’ve looked forward to it and would miss out. Luckily, our school decided the year 6s wouldn’t miss out.

With the SATs over, my son’s class had time to focus on the assembly and do a really good job.

My son was Neville Chamberlain. The assembly opened with a BBC announcer, who then handed over to Neville Chamberlain. He was fantastic! He’d got Neville Chamberlain’s voice absolutely spot-on. I wasn’t supposed to cry at this assembly – tears should be reserved for the leavers’ assembly, but I felt my eyes watering as soon as he spoke. Interestingly, this was his very first day at school wearing his contact lenses . His hair is shorter than usual at the moment and I realised he looked exactly like he looked when he started school – a few months before he got his glasses.

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As soon as Neville Chamberlain had finished his announcement, a group of children boarded the train to the countryside as refugees. With a bit of a shortage of refugees, Neville Chamberlain whipped his tie and jacket off and was transformed to a refugee! Groups of ‘adults’ selected refugees and took them off to their homes. It was lovely too see even the least confident children talking.

One girl did a solo of ‘We’ll Meet Again’ as Vera Lynn and two other girls sang ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’ accompanied by my son’s best friend on the piano. My son’s best friend was also Winston Churchill (the cigar and padding raised a giggle), as well as a refugee.

When the end of the war was announced, 12 of the children started dancing, including my son. My son dances a bit at home with his sister (when their brother isn’t looking!), but is not the sort of child to dance in public. The routine was incredibly long and involved children dancing with partners. I wonder how much persuasion it took to get them to do that?

The assembly ended with some incredibly moving poems read about by the children.

It was the best assembly I’d ever seen, fittingly for their last weeks at primary school. I’m going to be an emotional wreck when it comes to the leavers’ assembly!

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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16 Comments

  1. Well done your boy and his class. It sounds like they put on a great show….
    Oh gosh….I remember this time last year with my girls leavers assembly! I was a wreck! lol

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    • Thanks very much! It was really lovely! I still remember my eldest’s leavers’ assembly three years ago – I’m not looking forward to going through it again!

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  2. I’m not even looking forward to reading your post about your son’s leavers assembly! Sounds like a lot of hard work went into this one 🙂

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    • Ha ha, tell me about it! 🙁 Thanks, they did a really good job of this one – really fitting of year 6.

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  3. Oh that sounds really lovely. We had a similar one last summer and the children served cream teas and a lot of the older people from the village came along. I think it makes for a very moving assembly. I am so not looking forward to the final assembly but I am holding up much better than last year when I welled up if anyone mentioned it.

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    • That sounds really lovely! Theoretically, a middle one leaving should be easier, but I think I’m going to find it emotional. It’s weird knowing he’s the only one going to his new school.

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  4. Awww it sounds like a really brilliant assembly. I bet th leavers one is going to be fantastic!!

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    • Thanks! The leavers’ one will be amazing, but really emotional!

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  5. Aww bless what a great assembly and a lovely boy. I bet the leavers one will be great. Hugs xx

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    • Thanks! It was a brilliant assembly. The leavers’ one will be fab, but really emotional! x

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  6. What a lovely way for the Year 6’s to still enjoy the topic. I have no idea how you’ll stem those tears, my eldest moves into year 5 in September and I’m already in denial that this could possibly happen!

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    • Ha ha, my daughter is going into year 5 too (surely she’s still only a baby?!). There’s no way I’ll stem the tears at the leavers’ assembly! I’ll be an emotional wreck!

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  7. Brilliant I remember my sons leavers assembly they are great moments of growing up.
    Moments I treasure

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    • Thank you! They most certainly are moments to treasure.

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  8. That sounds like a wonderful assembly, and well done to the school for making sure that they wouldn’t miss out on their topic – what a very special moment for you both! Thank you for linking up with #loudnproud

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    • Thank you! It really was lovely, just gearing up for the really tough one now!

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