By Gordon and Ronni Lamont
Suitable for KS2
To contrast life in the West
with life in parts of the developing world, using the experience of mothers as
Preparation and materials
The main part of the assembly
takes the form of a simple poem with three different speakers. You will need to
rehearse three good speakers and you could expand the material by adding simple
mime or still pictures. See Using Drama
in the Resources section for some general ideas and advice.
- Introduce the theme of
the assembly - thinking about Mothers in different parts of the world. Discuss
any recent news stories about the developing world that the children may know
- Introduce the poem.
I'm number one, a very busy
I have so much to do looking after everyone.
Jobs in the home
People want me all the time
But I take it in my stride.
I'm number one - a very busy mum.
I'm number two, I'm waiting
in the queue.
I'm at the water well you see, then there are beans to stew.
I'll walk two miles back
With water on my head
I make this journey twice each day
I'd love a tap instead.
I'm number two, I'm waiting in the queue.
I'm number three, I am you
I'm not a mum, I'm just the one she works for, you see.
All over the world
And just around the block
In Africa and Europe too
Our mums just don't stop.
I'm number three, I am you and me.
- Discuss the poem, drawing
out the differences between the two lives. What sorts of things did number one
mean when she said, 'I have so much to do looking after everyone?' Do the children
know anything about the lives of people, especially mothers, in the developing
world? If we're all 'number three', what could we do to help 'number one' and
Thank you for mums all over the world.
Thank you for the things they do to look after us and help us.
We think of mums in this country,
We think of mums in the developing world.
They all work hard.
Help us to help them in any way we can.
'Thank you God' (Come and
Praise Beginning, 20). Use the words, 'Thank you God for all our mums'.