Hold On Slow Down (Assembly)

Hold On! Slow Down!  by Ruth Kenward - 5 to 7 yrs - KS1  (2m 08s)

Theme  -  Self-control, hurrying, rushing


Story  -  by Ruth Kenward  (approx 6 mins)

Speedy Sam and Hurrying Holly were twins who often got into trouble
because they did everything in such a rush that they forgot about sticking to rules!  Holly was so impatient, she did everything at the speed of light, and Sam always wanted to be first, so he was no better. Their mum was forever saying ‘Hold on!  Slow down!’  But the twins weren’t very good at taking their time. They didn’t seem to know how to slow down!

One day, Sam and Holly were excited because Grandma was going to take them to the park.  Mum had given them both some money to buy ice cream, and now they were by the front window, impatiently waiting for Grandma’s car to drive along the road. ‘There she is!’ Sam shouted, jumping up. ‘I saw her first!  And I’ll be ready before you!’ 

Sam grabbed his ice-cream money and ran; Holly chased after him. They both raced to get their coats, then...


Song  -  by Ruth Kenward  

Children love the use of different tempos in this song, which has a speedy verse with a contrasting, laid-back chorus.  Wonderful for reinforcing school rules about running in corridors etc., as this song has a way of getting stuck in children’s heads!  (Sample on the audio player above.)


Reflection Points  -  samples

1.  What were Mum and Grandma always saying to Sam and Holly?

2.  If Sam had walked to the ice-cream van, what would have changed?

3.  The twins didn’t seem to know how to slow down. What might help them to learn?

4.  Sometimes it’s dangerous to be in a hurry. Can you think of an example?


This assembly is from 'Assemblies Alive KS1'. There is a parallel assembly for KS2 'Don't Open The Box' with the same theme in 'Assemblies Alive KS2'.

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