WHAT'S IN A
NAME? WELCOMING NEW CHILDREN
By Gill O'Neill
Suitable for KS2
To get to
know new children. To encourage the new intake to introduce themselves to a
senior member of staff at the beginning of the year. This assembly can be
adapted for use at any time when new children join a class.
Preparation and materials
- Find a first name that is shared
by several children in the school, and also a common surname. If possible one
child should have both the first name and the surname.
- Start the assembly by welcoming
all the new children to the school. Point out that there may be new children,
not just in Year 3 but some who may have transferred into other year groups
because they have moved into the area, etc.
- Ask the new children if they have
learnt the names of all the children in their class yet. Now ask all the
children if any of them have found that the teachers haven't yet worked out who
they are. Ask if anyone has been called by the wrong name. Point out that this
can sometimes be funny, and sometimes a bit annoying.
- Share with the children a brief
anecdote from your own childhood, illustrating the anxiety of a new school. Ask
if anyone was feeling anxious about the new term, their new teachers or new
classes. Explain that often the teachers are also feeling anxious about their
new classes as well.
- Depending on how well you know
the children in the school, tell them that although you know quite a lot of
their names it will take you some time to get to know the names of all the new
- Tell the children that
everyone's name is special to them - even though it may not be unique. Ask them
to put up a hand if they have your chosen first name. Ask them to put up a hand
if they have your chosen surname. Then ask if there is anyone who has both the
chosen first name, and the chosen surname. This should illustrate that although
they may not have unique first names, it is very unusual for more than one
child to have the same first name and surname.
- Ask if anyone knows why their
parents gave them their name, and then tell the children why you were given
your name. If they don't know why they have that name, encourage them to find
out by asking a parent. You might encourage them to come and tell you when they
have found this out.
- Tell the children that over the
next few weeks you'd like to get to know as many names as possible. Each of
them is special, and you are looking forward to finding out what is special
about each of them.
You know each and
every one of us.
Thank you that we are all special.
We are all
Help us to appreciate each other and treat each other with
me' (Come and Praise, 15)