Temptation (Assembly)

Temptation by J & R Kenward & Richard Neil - 7 to 11 yrs - KS2  (2m 21)



Theme  -  Temptation

Story  -  by John Kenward  (approx 8 mins)

...With the prospect of scoring against her older brother, Anne gave the ball a mighty kick. Before he could move, the ball hit Paul on the head, then bounced off into the bushes behind the goal. The others burst out laughing as he rubbed his now muddy forehead. He stuck his tongue out at them, then trudged off to fetch the ball from under the greenery. They watched as he picked up the ball, stuck it under his arm, then reached back under the bush to fetch something else. 

‘Wotcher got?’ called Saleem, as Paul walked back towards them holding a battered old brown purse.  ‘It’s an old pursem,’ said Paul, as he opened it up to see if there was anything inside. There wasn’t, except for what looked like an old library card with a number on it, and an old person’s bus pass.

‘Oh chuck it back in the bush!’ sighed Adam. ‘Let’s get on with the game.’
‘Yeah, but some old person must be missing it,’ replied Paul. ‘They’ll need the bus pass.’  ‘And people might have seen us with it,’ Georgie added, looking around the busy park.
‘Let’s drop it in at the police station,’ Anne suggested. ‘Someone might be missing it, and if you hand it in then you obviously aren’t a thief!’

Paul stuffed the purse into his school bag and they headed off towards the police station.  Near the gates they passed the ‘Gang Of Three’...

... The following morning, passing the Head Teacher’s office, Paul’s eyes widened. Through the window, he glimpsed a policewoman standing in the office, waving a familiar-looking brown purse at Mrs. Harper. Paul’s heart pounded, because a sickening thought had struck him: ‘Perhaps she thinks we took some money out before handing it in!’  

The assembly began with Mrs. Harper saying she had an important announcement to make. Paul found himself going red as his name was read out to join his sister Anne, Georgie, Adam and Saleem who were already on their way to stand alongside Mrs. Harper.  
‘Yesterday morning’, their Head Teacher solemnly announced, ‘an old lady went to her bank and took out a lot of money – ten £50 notes! When she got home she realized she’d lost her purse.’  Paul’s heart thumped as he did the maths...


Song  -  by J & R Kenward & Richard Neil  

This upbeat song tells the story of three different people confronted with tempting situations that involve wrong or right choices. Each choice has consequences, so must be made carefully.  A very hooky song with a driving beat and optional harmonies. (Sample on the audio player above.)


Reflection Points  -  samples

1.  What would you have done if you had found the purse?  

2.  Why do you think Paul was so afraid when the Head Teacher was talking, even though he knew he was innocent?

3.  If the ‘Gang Of Three’ had realised that there was all that money in the purse, what do you think they would have done?     


This assembly is from 'Assemblies Alive KS2'. There is a parallel assembly for KS1 'Step Away From The Chocolate!' with the same theme in 'Assemblies Alive KS1'.

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