Who Are We? Who’s Who? ‘Identity Mysteries Assembly’

Focus: Spiritual Development

Rationale

To develop pupils’ understanding of diversity within the school community and develop curiosity about the lives of others.

Learning Objective

Display five facts you have obtained from five members of staff.  Ask the same five staff to stand as human statues at the front of the assembly holding a number one to five.  Can pupils and other staff match the facts to the right people voting by holding up the right number of fingers?

Example Assembly ‘Who’s Who’ by Rosie Wilson, Lifeworlds Learning.

This assembly uses the concept of a quiz where children look at images of their staff and listen to interesting things about them. The challenge is to match the information they hear with the image they see.

KEY QUESTION: How can we know who someone really is?

You will need:
Secret facts about five adults and their identities in the school, like the example given (click image right to download as pdf), and photos of the people concerned present in the assembly, to act as living statues. This will work best if the facts are projected onto an interactive whiteboard, so that learners can read them and think about their answers carefully.

Involvement of learners
Five individuals to answer quiz and explain their reasoning.
All learners to participate in quiz using actions.

Opening
We are going to think about our identities this morning. Identity is about who we are, and what makes us unique, special, or not like anyone else.
What things might be part of our identity?
Ok, now we are going to do a quiz, to see how easy it is to tell someone’s identity. I’ve got five facts about adults in this school and you can try to guess which fact is part of which person’s identity.

Read the facts projected onto the whiteboard, and introduce which members of staff they are about.

Now, let’s see if we can guess which person each fact is about, and uncover more about their hidden identities!
Who would like to have a guess at one, and explain why they think that?

Ask around five children to make guesses, allowing them to contradict each other, and if the opportunity arises, commenting on the difficulty of the task.

Ok, now let’s all have a go. As I read out the fact, show me using your hand and counting fingers which person you think it is about.

(this only works with real people if they are holding numbers)

Let’s look at the answers, and see how many we got.

Conclusion
How easy is it to guess who someone is, and what they are like?
What can you tell by looking at someone?
What might be wrong with guessing what someone is like?
How can we find out more about people’s identities?

[This time can be used to sing a hymn or a song, to say a prayer, or to listen to a related piece of music and reflect on the ideas talked about]

 Songs

Listen to ‘True Colours’ by Cyndi Lauper – available on You Tube.

Explain the song lyrics speak of letting ‘true colours shine through’ – in this assembly you have found something new about someone.  ‘We can’t judge a book by its cover and we can’t know everything about people even when we have known them for some time.’

Reflection or Prayer (depending on your school policy)

The Lion Book of 1,000 Prayers for Children 

“Help us to work together as a team

-May we respect one another for our different talents

Help us to work together as a team

-May we enable one another to do the best we can

Help us to work together as a team

-May we care for one another in good and bad times.”