Ethos Education

The Lego Movie: Love is all

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Assembly Objective: 

  • What should we do when we worry about fitting in, being liked by people and being happy? This assembly explores the Bible’s teaching about the most important things in life, which can be summed up in one word: love.

Film:

  • The Lego Movie (Warner Bros, 2014, certificate U), click here to buy the DVD online.

Bible:

Supporting Values Education:

  • The values of Democracy and Rule of Law are based on a shared community where people feel that they belong. This assembly helps pupils to think about how we relate to other people around us.

OPENING ACTIVITY

Everything Is Awesome!!! (mood-setter)

Whilst pupils enter the room, play Everything Is Awesome (from The Lego Movie soundtrack).

A great pupil (discussion)

  • Using a whiteboard or flip chart, write ‘A great pupil’ in the centre. Divide the surrounding space into four equal parts and label each as follows: ‘Is’, ‘Is not’, ‘Does’ and ‘Says’. Invite the children to suggest what you should put in each section.

Following the instructions (game)

  • Ask if anyone has played the game ‘Simon Says’ before and explain that this has the same rules but they have to follow you instead of ‘Simon’. You give out instructions like ‘Teacher says put your hands on your head’ or ‘Teacher says clap twice.’ However, the pupils must only do what you say if you start the instruction with ‘Teacher says.’ So if you say, ‘Touch your ear,’ the children must do nothing, but if you say, ‘Teacher says touch your ear,’ they must touch their ear. You could let one of the pupils have a go at being the instructor.

Missing the point (quiz)

  • Provide each child with a printout of a list of instructions, emphasising the fact that it is a timed quiz. The majority of the questions can be anything, from drawing a cat, to punching two holes in the page, to shouting out ‘I’m nearly finished,’ etc, etc. But, the first and second instructions must be: 1. Read everything before doing anything. 2. Write your name in the top-right corner of this piece of paper. And the final instruction must be: now that you have finished reading carefully, do only sentence two.

FILM CLIP

  • Play the clip from The Lego Movie (Warner Bros, 2014, certificate U).
    • Start time: 00:02:19 (in chapter 1 of the DVD)
    • End time: 00:03:45
    • Clip length: 1 minute and 26 seconds
  • The clip starts with a close-up of Emmet’s closed eyes, which open when his alarm sounds. The first line of the scene is ‘Good morning, apartment!’ The clip ends with Emmet saying, ‘Hey, Planty. What do you want to do this morning. Watch TV? Me too!’
  • If you are unable to play the clip, say ‘The first thing Emmet does when he wakes up is go to his shelf full of instruction manuals. Today he picks out the instructions on how to: fit in, have everybody like you and always be happy! The instructions tell him to breath, shower, brush his teeth, comb his hair and wear clothes – a step he nearly forgets! Emmet manages to complete each and every step, until he gets to the last one: Eat a complete breakfast with all the special people in your life. The best Emmet can do is eat in front of the TV, next to his plant.’

TALK

Download the Love is All Assembly PowerPoint for use with this talk.

Scripted Talk

  • [PowerPoint slide 1]
    • What things did you need to do to get ready for school? [Take answers; prompt pupils to think about what they bought, what they packed in their bags, what they chose to wear.]
    • Imagine that a new child was joining your class today. They were a bit nervous about it, so they came to you and asked, ‘What should I do so that I will have a good time at school?’ Let’s come up with a list of what they should do. [Write up suggestions, under the heading ‘How to have a good time at school’.]
  • [PowerPoint slide 2]
    • We’re going to watch a clip from The Lego Movie in a minute. This film is all about a Lego man called Emmet. He follows a set of instructions every single day. Let’s find out what these instructions tell him to do.
    • Play the clip from The Lego Movie:
      • Start time: 00:02:19 (in chapter 1 of the DVD)
      • End time: 00:03:45
      • Clip length: 1 minute and 26 seconds
    • The clip starts with a close-up of Emmet’s closed eyes, which open when his alarm sounds. The first line of the scene is ‘Good morning, apartment!’ The clip ends with Emmet saying, ‘Hey, Planty. What do you want to do this morning. Watch TV? Me too!’
    • If you are unable to play the clip, say ‘The first thing Emmet does when he wakes up is go to his shelf full of instruction manuals. Today he picks out the instructions on how to: fit in, have everybody like you and always be happy! The instructions tell him to breath, shower, brush his teeth, comb his hair and wear clothes – a step he nearly forgets! Emmet manages to complete each and every step, until he gets to the last one: eat a complete breakfast with all the special people in your life. The best Emmet can do is eat in front of the TV, next to his plant.’
  • [PowerPoint slide 3]
    • Emmet managed to follow every instruction, except one. Can you remember which one he couldn’t follow? [Take suggestions – share breakfast with those you love.]
    • Emmet made a delicious breakfast of waffle and croissant. He even made an extra cup of tea for his plant. But, he didn’t have any special people to share his breakfast with.
    • Why is it important to have friends? [Take suggestions.] Let’s try to remember this the next time we come to share something with our friends!
  • [PowerPoint slide 4]
    • Emmet’s instruction manual was called ‘Instructions on how to: fit in, have everybody like you and always be happy.’ Christians have a special book, which is a bit like an instruction manual. It’s called the Bible. Can anyone think of an instruction (or command) from the Bible? [Take suggestions.]
    • The Bible’s most famous instructions are probably the Ten Commandments. But, when Jesus came to Earth, he saw that these instructions were being taken the wrong way. Some people were using them to make themselves look good and make others feel bad. Jesus had to explain the real point of them. Let’s read some of the Bible now, and find out what Jesus said:
  • [PowerPoint slide 5-6] 
    • ‘In the Law there are many commands, such as, “Be faithful in marriage. Do not murder. Do not steal. Do not want what belongs to others.” But all of these are summed up in the command that says, “Love others as much as you love yourself.” No one who loves others will harm them. So love is all that the Law demands.’ (Romans 13:9-10).
    • What does Jesus say is the most important instruction of all? [Take suggestions – love.] ‘Love is all,’ he says. The Bible is a love story. It shows us that we are loved by God and that he made us to enjoy his love and to share it with other people.
  • [PowerPoint slide 7]
    • There are times when we all worry about fitting in, being liked by people and being happy. But, these worries make us focus only on ourselves. Imagine if everyone concentrated on helping other people instead… If everyone focused on being the best friend they could be, imagine how much happier and loved everybody would be!
    • [Point to the list made earlier.] Remember that new child, joining the school, who we made a list of instructions for? Wouldn’t it be amazing if the one thing they had to do in order to have a good time at school was to meet you? [Write ‘Meet you’ on the list in capital letters.] I wonder who you could be a good friend to today.

Headings and Bullets

  • Ready? [PowerPoint slide 1]
    • What things did you need to do to get ready for this school term?
    • Imagine that a new child was joining your class today. What would you say they should do in order to have a good time at school?
  • Introduce [PowerPoint slide 2] and play the clip from The Lego Movie.
  • The last instruction [PowerPoint slide 3]
    • Emmet followed every instruction, except one.
    • He didn’t have any special people to share his breakfast with.
    • Why is it important to have friends? [Take suggestions.] Let’s try to remember this the next time we come to share something with our friends!
  • A special book [PowerPoint slide 4]
    • Emmet’s instruction manual was called ‘Instructions on how to: fit in, have everybody like you and always be happy’.
    • Christians have a special book – a bit like an instruction manual – called the Bible.
    • Can anyone think of an instruction from the Bible?
    • When Jesus came to Earth, he explained the real point of the Ten Commandments.
  • The sum of all instructions [PowerPoint slide 5-6]
    • ‘In the Law there are many commands, such as, “Be faithful in marriage. Do not murder. Do not steal. Do not want what belongs to others.” But all of these are summed up in the command that says, “Love others as much as you love yourself.” No one who loves others will harm them. So love is all that the Law demands.’ (Romans 13:9-10).
    • What does Jesus say is the most important instruction of all?
    • ‘Love is all,’ he says.
    • The Bible shows us that God made us to enjoy his love and share it with other people.
  • Being the best friend [PowerPoint slide 7]
    • There are times when we all worry about fitting in, being liked by people and being happy.
    • But, these worries make us focus only on ourselves.
    • Imagine how much happier we’d all be if everyone concentrated on helping other people instead.
  • Ready!
    • [Point to the list made earlier.] Wouldn’t it be amazing if the one thing that new child had to do in order to have a good time at school was to meet you?
    • [WriteMeet you’ on the list in capital letters].
    • I wonder who you could be a good friend to today.

RESPOND

Reflection

  • I’d like you to close your eyes and think about the difference you could make here.
  • First, picture a school where nobody looks out for each other. See the playground, full of sad and stroppy faces. It’s bully or be bullied there! See the new child walking through the corridors, lost and alone. Watch the teachers give up, refusing to help anyone with their work.
  • Now, imagine a school where everyone looks out for each other. The playground is packed with smiles and laughter, and not a single person has been left on their own. The new child has been welcomed in and has quickly made friends. In the classrooms, learning has become a joy, as teacher and pupils help each other.
  • Imagine how much happier your class and your playground would be if you focused on helping other people.

Prayer

  • I’m going to ask God to help us now. If you’d like to join in, then say ‘Amen’ at the end, which means that you agree with what I’ve prayed.
  • Dear God, thank you for loving us so much! Please show us your love again and again! Please help us to love other people better. Amen.

YOU WILL NEED:

  1. The Lego Movie (Warner Bros, 2014, certificate U), click here to buy the DVD online.
  2. Love is All Powerpoint Assembly.
  3. Everything Is Awesome (from The Lego Movie soundtrack) for create the atmosphere.
  4. A whiteboard or flip chart and pen for the A great pupil opening activity.
  5. A printout of a list of instructions for each child for the Missing the point opening activity.

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