May Assemblies | Facing History & Ourselves
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May Assemblies

Download our assembly PowerPoints for the month of May for use with KS3-4 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, KS4, S1, S2, S3 and S4 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 May

There are 3 assemblies available for use in May. 

World Press Freedom Day

What is World Press Freedom Day and why does it matter? The theme for 2024 is ‘Press for the Planet: Journalism in the face of the Environmental Crisis’. This assembly encourages young people to consider why a free press matters and to reflect on the importance of environmental journalism. Students will also be given the opportunity to learn about the threats environmental journalists face, and to hear about the story of Bruno Pereira and Dom Phillips, who were killed in the Amazon for reporting on the environmental threats faced by indigenous communities. 

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

What is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia and why does it matter? This assembly is an opportunity to spotlight the violence and discrimination faced by the LGBTQ+ community and to draw attention to the impact of hate crime. During this assembly, students will be given the opportunity to watch a video in which transgender people talk about transphobia before considering how people may feel if they are targeted or treated differently due to one aspect of their identity. 

Mental Health Awareness Week

What is Mental Health Awareness Week and why does it matter? The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is ‘Movement: Moving more for our mental health’. This assembly encourages young people to consider the importance of moving and doing exercise to look after their bodies and minds, as well as reminding them of the need to prioritise their own mental health. Additionally, it encourages them to share ideas for self-care and to consider why self-care is important for looking after their mental health. This assembly also provides an opportunity for schools to spotlight external agencies that young people can turn to if they wish to discuss mental health with specialists outside of school. 

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.