How Do We All Live Together? ‘Starfish Assembly’

Focus: Moral Development


To help pupils to understand how they can contribute to society in small ways but that make a positive difference.

Learning Objective

Explain that today we are thinking about ways we can make a difference in the world. Teach everyone the actions, and then read the interactive ‘Starfish Story’ available in TLN Resources. This is a response story, one of many excellent assembly or classroom stories written by Dave Hopwood in a book called Telling Tales readily available for purchase.

Image supplied by Dave Seipp – From the Free Colouring site.


Share examples from your own school and local community of people doing something that makes a difference.  For example, on my street there is ‘someone who walks up and down the road with a carrier bag and picks up litter every Saturday morning’; there is someone ‘who works in the school and cooks once a month for a local soup run’.

Reflection or Prayer (depending on your school policy)

The Lion Book of 1,000 Prayers for Children 

Share these readings:

“I am only I, but I’m still someone.  I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  Just because I cannot do everything does not give me the right to do nothing.”  (Motto from an Amish school in Pennsylvania)

“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” (Mother Teresa of Calcutta, 1910 – 1997)

Ask pupils to turn to talk to the person next to them, and discuss small ways they can think of which would make a difference and make the world a better place.


‘Reach out and touch somebody’s hand, make this world a better place if you can’ by Diana Ross – available on You Tube

‘Teach me your way’ from ‘Don’t you know?’ CD by John Froud (Track 9) – a Christian song

‘Spread a little happiness’ – available on