This 18 slide Harvest Festival assembly , tutor/ form time/ PSHE presentation aims to show the students how fortunate they are and to consider the problem of food waste. I have used colourful images and animations and kept text to a minimum. There are several opportunities for audience participation, pairwork, groupwork and class discussion.
The first slide has a teaser to get the students thinking. There are pictures of wheat, sugar cane, sugar beet, a chicken, a cow and some strawberries. The students have to think what the connection could be. Encourage the students to be imaginative in their responses, they may come up with something brilliant! The second slide shows the link: the origin of ingredients to make a Victoria Sponge Cake!
Slide 3 asks How much do you THINK about the food you eat?
Slide 4 states: Traditionally September is the time to celebrate Harvest Festival. This marks the time when all the crops have been brought in. In the past the whole community, including children, needed to help right up until the end, as lives depended on the success of the harvest.
Slide 5 states: Harvest Festivals are celebrated around the world such as….
Slides 6 – 8 name and have pictures of 3 festivals: The Blessing of the Sea in Greece, The Rice Harvest in Bali, Indonesia and The Rice Harvest in Bali, Indonesia
Slide 9 states: These festivals focus on giving thanks and being grateful for the food on our plate.
Slide 10 asks: How much do you THINK about the food you eat? Here is some food for thought…
Slide 11 states: These days we import food from all over the world. If our crops fail we can still eat.
Slide 12 states: Other people are not as fortunate. Today, famine is most widespread in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is caused by many factors such as drought, crop failure and war. It is also influenced by climate change.
Slide 13 shows a picture of a mountain of parsnips and says: Here is a bumper crop of parsnips. However, the following 2 clicks give the following information: Hang on……these are actually waste parsnips in the UK, thrown away because they don’t look right.
Slide 14 shows the famine picture beside the mountain of parsnips picture and asks: How do these pictures make you feel?
Slide 15 states: Fortunately charities such as FareShare are doing something about food waste. They save good food destined for waste in the UK and send it to charities and community groups who transform it into nutritious meals for vulnerable people. Some FareShare facts are displayed. If you want to read up the website address is http://www.fareshare.org.uk/ and there are probably locally-run groups in your area which you may want to research and perhaps even support.
Slide 16 asks: Do you waste food? What can you do to reduce your waste?
Slide 17 says: This Harvest Festival take a moment to think about how lucky we are and what you can do to help others….
Slide 18 says: …including the chef! On this slide is the quotation: cooking with love provides food for the soul.
I hope you and your students enjoy this assembly. If there are other assemblies that you need let me know and I’ll see what I can do!