Not Afraid of Failure Class Play or Assembly
Cast of 30 (easily adaptable up or down)
Duration - around 20 minutes
The writing of this script was prompted by something I heard on the radio about how we deal with 'getting it wrong'. On the one hand, the cover-ups; but worse the lost opportunity of learning from our mistakes. This, of course, applies as much to adults as to children; but I feel very strongly that in many situations in school we deal too much with right and wrong - seeing 'errors' as totally negative experiences as opposed to stepping stones to learning - in many cases, totally necessary stepping stones and not ones to (a) be ashamed of or (b) to pretend haven't happened. Children's learning should be free of fear, and the word 'failure' should be either scrapped for its inherent negative connotations or looked at again - in a positive light.
Child 14: What we all need to realise is that not understanding and not being sure of ourselves is not a weakness.
Child 15: It is nothing to be ashamed of.
Child 16: The greatest thinkers in the world will freely admit to not understanding everything.
Child 17: We should perhaps look at things differently.
Narrator: (Thoughtfully) You know, I think I’m beginning to agree with you. And I feel rather foolish at the way I was looking at things before. I think your approach is way better.
Child 18: Which is?
Narrator: That we should lose our fear of looking stupid.
(Whole cast cheers together in agreement)
Child 19: Absolutely. It’s all about freeing yourself from that fear.
Child 20: We should all be free to learn in a fear-free zone!
Child 21: And that’s all about changing our mind-set.
Child 22: From a fixed ‘Oh I must only be seen to succeed’ way of thinking
Child 22: To one that is all about growth – through mistakes!
Other PSHE scripts available from www.plays-r-ussell.com and TpT
• You are Not Alone – Anti-Bullying Assembly (David and Goliath script in Bible Stories section)
• Rock Star – Self Esteem Assembly based on Hannah Montana
• P.R.I.D.E. Assembly and Guided Reading Scripts - set out to demonstrate the importance of P.R.I.D.E. - an acronym for Positive attitude; Respect for yourself and others; the ability to make Intelligent decisions; time to Dream; and not forgetting all the Effort that needs to be put in - in all walks of life. The sport (basketball) can be easily replaced by another. This Class Play provides the perfect way of demonstrating what it takes to make it in life - the kind of success story all children can aspire to. I have used these to cover many events e.g. World Cup (football and rugby), Olympics etc.
• Happy to be me Assembly
• Being Positive Assembly
• Love is … Assembly
• Mutual Respect Assembly (available in Key Stage I as Respect Assembly)
• Character Assembly – What it Takes To Be Good
• Good and Bad Assembly
• *Feeling Sad Assembly
• *Good to Talk – 2 speaker script
• If – Rudyard Kipling Assembly
• Children’s Rights Assembly – based on the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child
• British Values Assembly
• Fairer World assembly
• Fairer and More Sustainable World Assembly
• Superheroes Assembly – 2 versions available – for KS I and II
• Twelve New Labours of Hercules (‘spin off’/reversal of Superheroes KSII script – Hercules required to take on 12 character-changing challenges!)
• Monsters Assembly
• Children of the World Assembly
• Dance Around the World Assembly
• I have also started a set of PSHE scripts based on fairy stories – Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty (alternative versions) – which deal with certain themes – serious subjects but handled with sensitivity and humour.