THE SUN AND THE
By Jude Scrutton
for Whole School
To think about the idea that
persuasiveness can be more effective than force.
Preparation and materials
- This assembly includes a short play script that will need preparation
by a group of children in advance.
Narrator (could be teacher, or child who is
comfortable with the size of the part)
Man (or could
- Props: The characters could hold the following props: a large
cloud made out of white card, to represent the wind (to look like it is
scudding along), and a large orange sun made out of card (e.g. using yellow and
orange tissue paper).
A coat is needed for 'Man' to put on and zip up.
- You will also need a flip-chart or OHP for listing ideas in the final
- See our resources section for
more on drama in assemblies.
- Welcome the children and introduce the theme for the assembly - the
retelling of a well-known fable by Aesop.
Discuss who Aesop was. He was
born as a slave, but became a philosopher who taught people by telling them
fables. Ask the children if they know any of his fables - can they remember any
from previous assemblies? Tell the children that today's fable is different, as
the story does not use animals - the characters are the sun and the wind. Ask
the children to think about the meaning of the story - what was Aesop trying to
- Perform the play:
Narrator: One day the North Wind and
the Sun got into a heated discussion.
North Wind: Don't be so
silly, of course I am much stronger than you.
Sun: No, you're
not. It is I who am stronger than you.
Narrator: This argument
continued for some time, and still they could not reach a friendly solution!
Sun: Prove that you are stronger than me.
Wind: Easy! You see that man over there?
Narrator: The Sun
and Wind looked towards a man digging and planting seeds in his garden.
Man: It's a bit cold. I think I'll wear my coat (he puts on a
Sun: I see him.
North Wind: I bet I
am so strong I can force that man to take off his coat.
bet I can too! OK, you first.
Narrator: The North Wind conjured
up a forceful gust.
Man: It's getting really cold. I think I'll
pull up my zip.
Narrator: The North Wind, seeing the man do up
his coat, blew even harder to try to force the coat off, but the man kept his
North Wind: It's no use, it won't budge. But if I can't
do it, you won't!
Sun: You just watch.
The sun began to shine with gentle warmth that made the man take off his jacket
Man: British weather, always changing.
Narrator: The sun began to shine with all its heat until the man
in the garden stripped off to just his bathing suit and went off to swim in a
nearby river (child should walk off at this point as if about to take off
his/her top clothes).
- After the play ask the children what the meaning of the story was.
Value all their ideas.
Ask them to think about times when they have
used force. List them on the flip-chart. Ask them what might have happened if
they had used 'warmth' or kindness.
Finally, ask the children to think
about what they might do instead of using force in the future.
Help us to always to
stop and think,
before we use force,
let us consider warmth.
words and deeds
will help us achieve
and make a new start
force breaks apart.
brother sun' (Come and Praise, 78)
'Magic Penny' (Let's Sing,
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