Assemblies

Tailor-made for school assemblies, a ready-to-use slide presentation on a topical theme, complete with photos, videos, discussion points and teacher notes... this is the place to find them week by week. Follow the link below and click the little arrow to the right of "present" in the top right hand corner, to find "presenter view" – this allows you to see the notes while you are displaying the slides.

Mental Health

Mental health affects us all, and looking after it is as important as staying physically healthy. What are some ways to do it?

Families

Humans have been gathering in family groups for thousands of years. Why do we need family? And how has our concept of it changes over the millennia?

Exams

Exams For millions of people around the world, exam season will soon be starting. With Covid-19 still a threat, many countries are taking measures to alter their examinations this year. How will the changes affect the future of exams?

Carbon

Carbon is one of the most abundant elements in the universe. It is the key to life. But humans have upset its natural cycle. What problems does it cause – and how can we fix them?

Ramadan

For nearly two billion people, 12 April marked the beginning of the year's holiest month. Ramadasn is a time for Muslims everywhere to explore and test their faith by fasting.

Spring

Spring On 20 March, the vernal equinox officially marked the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Festivals around the world are marking the occasion.

Water

Today (22 March) is World Water Day. It has been recognised since 1993 as a time to focus on the importance of freshwater – and raise awareness about those living without access to safe water.

Poetry

Sunday (21 March) is World Poetry Day, an international celebration of reading, writing and listening to poems.

International Women's Day

This internationally recognised day (8 March) celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is also a time to call for gender parity around the world.

World book day

This Thursday (4 March) is World Book Day. It is a day specially set aside celebrate books and the pure joy of reading.

Science

This week's assembly looks at the impact of scientific research and where studying could lead you. It also discusses some of the leading scientists from history.

Inequality

This week’s assembly looks at our divided society, the wealth gap and the impact of the pandemic on global inequality.

Online safety

Safer Internet Day is held on 9 February. Millions take the opportunity to share information about how to make the most of the internet while staying safe online.

Languages

Languages do not just help us communicate with other human beings. They unlock cultures, broaden our understanding of history – and even shape the way we think.

The Holocaust

Holocaust Memorial Day is held on 27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. It is an opportunity to commemorate all victims and work to prevent future atrocities.

Civil rights

The civil rights movement was a decades long struggle by African Americans to end racial discrimination in their country. It changed millions of lives, and inspired other movements around the world.

Environment

This week’s assembly looks at the environment, the wonders of the natural world and the challenges we face in preserving it.

Hope

Our last assembly of the year looks forward to 2021 after a challenging year by exploring how to live with hope for the future.

Human Rights

This Thursday (10 December), Human Rights Day will be celebrated around the world.

Modern Slavery

Wednesday is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. What is modern slavery – and how can you raise awareness?

Thanksgiving

On Thursday, millions of Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. What is the history of the holiday? And how can being thankful help us in our daily lives?

Anti-Bullying

This week is Anti-Bullying Week in the UK. Why do people bully? What kinds of bullying are there? How can we unite against it?

Remembrance

More than 100 years after the end of World War One, November remains a month of Remembrance. It is a time to honour those killed in past and current conflicts, and to promote peace.

Pandemic

The new coronavirus is all but certain to be declared a pandemic very soon. Should this have happened earlier? What difference will this make?

Mothers

With Mother's Day on Sunday we look at how mothers are represented across different cultures.

Commonwealth

The Queen and other royals marked Commonwealth Day at a special service in Westminster Abbey this week. But is the Commonwealth still relevant?

Coronavirus

What is this new coronavirus and how careful should we be? The World Health Organisation has declared a global emergency and the UK announced new powers to keep people in quarantine.

The idea of Europe

What is Europe? The answer might seem obvious. One of Earth's seven continents of course. But in reality "Europe" is just as much an idea, a civilisation and a project. This week launches a new chapter in its fascinating story.

Chinese New Year

The Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year launches The Year of The Rat. Over a billion people will celebrate for the next 15 days with their families. For the Chinese, the rat is an animal that symbolises wealth and new beginnings.

Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Day celebrates the birthday of the activist and church minister who became the lead speaker for the Civil Rights Movement. Many people use the day to volunteer for a good cause.

Christmas presents

Christmas is a time for gifts. Like the three wise men bringing their offerings for baby Jesus, we take turns giving and receiving presents of our own. Not to mention Father Christmas, the biggest giver of all!

The Turner prize

Should awards just have one winner? This week, for the first time in its history, the Turner Prize for art was awarded to all four finalists. They say their art is about working together, not competing with one another.

Advent

Should Advent be exciting or solemn? In the 21st century, the four weeks before Christmas are a time for buying presents, eating chocolate and singing songs. However, Advent was traditionally a time of quiet reflection.

Why voting matters

Does voting make a difference? The UK is getting ready to choose its next prime minister. On 12 December, adults across the country will vote in one of the most important General Elections in recent history.

Wildfires

Is climate change to blame for wildfires? Huge blazes have broken out in Australia and California in recent weeks. Scientists say that we must stop burning fossil fuels in order to stop the extreme weather getting even worse.

Anti-bullying week

What should you do if you are worried about bullying? Anti-bullying week begins on Monday. Bullying takes many different forms, some of which are more obvious than others, but they are all very hurtful for the victim.

The magic of fireworks

Why do we love fireworks? On 5 November every year, the UK celebrates bonfire night. People up and down the country gather for incredible fireworks displays. Where did this tradition come from, and is it a waste of money?

Plastic pollution

Can we save our oceans from plastic? An explorer completed the deepest ever solo dive, descending seven miles to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. While he was there, he spotted a plastic bag and sweet wrappers.