April Assemblies | Facing History & Ourselves
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April Assemblies

Download our assembly PowerPoints for the month of April for use with Key Stage 3-4 and S1-4 students.

Facing History Approach to Assemblies 

Assemblies are a critical part of the school day. Regular assemblies provide an opportunity to bring your students together in order to introduce important issues and share your school’s values and priorities. Utilised correctly, assemblies have the potential to build an inclusive and supportive school community.   

At Facing History, our assemblies have been designed to introduce students to significant annual and/or historical events, whilst supporting them to become empathetic and critical thinkers. Each assembly also provides students with opportunities to share their thoughts with each other, helping them to develop oracy and listening skills. The assemblies last for approximately 20 minutes, but can be adapted to suit your specific timing requirements. 

Facing History assemblies do not require specialist knowledge and are suitable for use in a KS3-4 or S1-4 assembly or in tutor time/PSHE. Some assemblies have been adapted from existing Facing History lessons and resources available on our website, while others have been newly created. 

Assemblies in April

There are three assemblies available for use in April.

World Autism Awareness Month

What is World Autism Awareness Month and why does it matter? World Autism Awareness Month is an opportunity to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism, and to foster worldwide support. This assembly encourages students to reflect on their treatment of others, teaches them about what autism is and shares stories of the experiences of people with autism. It also asks young people to consider what they can do to help create a caring and inclusive society. 

Earth Day

What is Earth Day and why does it matter? Earth Day is an opportunity to renew our commitment to the planet. The theme for this year’s Earth Day is ‘People vs. Plastic’ and this assembly is an opportunity to teach young people about the impact of plastic on people and the environment. This assembly informs students how plastic is made, how plastic pollutes and the impact that plastic has on human health. It also asks young people to consider what they can do to reduce their consumption of plastic. 

Stephen Lawrence Day

What is Stephen Lawrence Day and why does it matter? This year marks the 31st anniversary of the death of Stephen Lawrence, a teenager murdered in an unprovoked racist attack. Stephen Lawrence Day is an opportunity for us to consider how we can challenge racism within our communities. This assembly helps young people consider how we define racism and provides information about Stephen Lawrence, his death and the legacy he has left behind.  

Notes for Use

Download the student-facing slides here. While you may need to modify these to meet the needs of your students, please note that Facing History and Ourselves does not endorse any changes that alter the presentation's content or original layout.

April Assemblies