Ethos Education

Paddington 2: How should we treat other people?

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Assembly Objective:

  • How should we treat other people? This assembly introduces children to Jesus’ Golden Rule through considering how Paddington treats others.

Film:

  • Paddington 2 (StudioCanal, 2017) certificate PG, click here to buy the DVD online.

Bible:

Supporting Values Education:

  • Mutual Respect and Tolerance: The character of Paddington is an excellent role model for how we should treat other people whatever their background. The Golden Rule is common to all major world religious and, as such, forms the basis for the principle of mutual respect and tolerance.

OPENING ACTIVITY

Name the Bear: (Quiz)


FILM CLIP 1

  • From Paddington 2 (StudioCanal, 2017) certificate PG
    • Start time: 00:03:35 (Paddington says, ‘I feel really at home’.)
    • End time: 00:04:27 (The bin lorry passes under a railway bridge.)
    • Clip length: 52 seconds.
  • If you cannot play this clip from the DVD, instead say, ‘Paddington has settled in really well with the Brown family in London. Everyone in his community knows and loves him. He gets to work by catching a lift on the bike of a French woman. He rewards her with a marmalade sandwich. From the bike, he reminds one of his neighbours not to lock himself out of his house. He gives a cheery greeting to a different grumpy neighbour. He asks the woman who runs the newspaper stand about her recent date. He then transfers from the bike onto a bin lorry, where he helps one of the bin men revise for an exam. He is a much-loved member of his community.’

FILM CLIP 2

  • From Paddington 2 (StudioCanal, 2017) certificate PG
    • Start time: 00:32:31 (Exterior shot of prison.)
    • End time: 00:38:25 (Paddington spits on Knuckles’ hand.)
    • Clip length: 5 minutes 54 seconds.
  • If you cannot play this clip from the DVD, instead say, ‘Paddington is in prison for a crime that he did not do. Even in prison though, he reminds himself to be well-mannered to everyone. He is given a job in the prison laundry. Unfortunately he ends up dyeing all the prisoners’ uniforms pink. They are not very pleased and threaten to hurt Paddington. At breakfast, Paddington does not enjoy the porridge that is being served. Some of the other prisoners encourage Paddington to complain to the chef, Knuckles McGinty. Knuckles is like an angry bear. He is about to hurt Paddington when accidentally Paddington shoves a marmalade sandwich into his mouth. Knuckles has never tasted anything as good before and asks Paddington to teach him how to make marmalade. Paddington agrees. Knuckles tells the other prisoners that Paddington is now under his protection. The new friends shake hands.

TALK

Scripted Talk

Download the Paddington 2: How should you treat other people? PowerPoint for use with this talk.

  • [PowerPoint slide 1]
    • Welcome, everyone. Our assembly this morning is based on the film, Paddington 2. This is the second film starring the charming little bear from Peru. But Paddington is not the only bear to star in a film. Can you name these other famous movie bears in our quiz: Name the Bear.
  • [PowerPoint slide 2 – 13 ]
    • Play Name the Bear quiz. (Talk about the character of each bear).
  • [PowerPoint slide 14]
    • In real life, bears are very dangerous animals but, in films, most bears are friendly and loveable. Having moved to London to live with the Brown family in the first film, Paddington has now become a very popular member of his local community. Our first short clip from Paddington 2 comes from the start of the film and shows just how popular Paddington has become.
    • Play film clip 1 From Paddington 2 (StudioCanal, 2017) certificate PG
      • Start time: 00:03:35 (Paddington says, ‘I feel really at home’.)
      • End time: 00:04:27 (The bin lorry passes under a railway bridge.)
      • Clip length: 52 seconds.
    • If you cannot play this clip from the DVD, instead say, ‘Paddington has settled in really well with the Brown family in London. Everyone in his community knows and loves him. He gets to work by catching a lift on the bike of a French woman. He rewards her with a marmalade sandwich. From the bike, he reminds one of his neighbours not to lock himself out of his house. He gives a cheery greeting to a different grumpy neighbour. He asks the woman who runs the newspaper stand about her recent date. He then transfers from the bike onto a bin lorry, where he helps one of the bin men revise for an exam. He is a much-loved member of his community.’
  • [PowerPoint slide 15]
    • Discuss the character of Paddington. Why is he so popular with people? How does he make them feel? Note that although his neighbours are all different, he treats them all the same. Generate adjectives that best describe Paddington’s behaviour towards others.
  • [PowerPoint slide 16)
    • Unfortunately, later on in the film, Paddington is sent to prison for a crime that he did not commit. Even in prison though, Paddington remains polite and friendly towards everyone he meets.
    • Play film clip 2 from Paddington 2 (StudioCanal, 2017) certificate PG
      • Start time: 00:32:31 (Exterior shot of prison.)
      • End time: 00:38:25 (Paddington spits on Knuckles’ hand.)
      • Clip length: 5 minutes 54 seconds.
    • If you cannot play this clip from the DVD, instead say, ‘Paddington is in prison for a crime that he did not do. Even in prison though, he reminds himself to be well-mannered to everyone. He is given a job in the prison laundry. Unfortunately he ends up dyeing all the prisoners’ uniforms pink. They are not very pleased and threaten to hurt Paddington. At breakfast, Paddington does not enjoy the porridge that is being served. Some of the other prisoners encourage Paddington to complain to the chef, Knuckles McGinty. Knuckles is like an angry bear. He is about to hurt Paddington when accidentally Paddington shoves a marmalade sandwich into his mouth. Knuckles has never tasted anything as good before and asks Paddington to teach him how to make marmalade. Paddington agrees. Knuckles tells the other prisoners that Paddington is now under his protection. The new friends shake hands.
    • (Allow the children time to discuss the second film clip. How might they have felt/behaved if they had been Paddington? How do they behave normally when they don’t like something? How do they go about complaining?)
  • [PowerPoint slide 17]
    • Compare the characters of Paddington and Knuckles. What is different about the way that they treat other people? Which of them is more like a real-life bear? How do the children like to be treated – in the way that Paddington treats people or in the way that Knuckles does?
  • [PowerPoint slide 18]
    • In treating everyone in the way that he does, Paddington is following the advice of his Aunt Lucy. In the film, Paddington quotes her saying that if we’re kind and polite the world will be right. (What do the children think of this advice? What happens when they are unkind and impolite?)
  • [PowerPoint slide 19]
    • In the same way that Paddington follows the example and advice of his Aunt Lucy, Christians follow the example and advice of Jesus.
  • [PowerPoint slide 20]
    • In the Bible, Jesus gives some very simple advice on how to treat other people. He says, ‘Do for other people the same things that you would want them to do for you’. (Ask children to consider this advice. Can they give examples of what they like people to do for them?)
  • [PowerPoint slide 21]
    • The same advice given by Jesus can also be found in the holy books of all other world religions and is known as the Golden Rule. Most people who don’t believe in religion, also follow the Golden Rule. So, no matter how different we are from each other, we should treat everyone the way that we would like to be treated. That’s what Paddington does and he’s a bear!

Headings and bullets

  • [PowerPoint slide 1]
    • Welcome.
    • Introduce film.
  • [PowerPoint slide 2]
    • Image.
  • [PowerPoint slide 3]
    • Baloo from The Jungle Book.
  • [PowerPoint slide 4]
    • Image.
  • [PowerPoint slide 5]
    • Po from Kung Fu Panda.
  • [PowerPoint slide 6]
    • Image.
  • [PowerPoint slide 7]
    • Winnie the Pooh from Winnie the Pooh.
  • [PowerPoint slide 8]
    • Image.
  • [PowerPoint slide 9]
    • Fozzie Bear from The Muppets.
  • [PowerPoint slide 10]
    • Image.
  • [PowerPoint slide 11]
    • Yogi Bear and Boo-Boo from Yogi Bear.
  • [PowerPoint slide 12]
    • Image.
  • [PowerPoint slide 13]
    • Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear from Toy Story 3.
  • [PowerPoint slide 14]
    • Paddington is very popular.
    • Play clip 1.
  • [PowerPoint slide 15]
    • Why is Paddington so popular?
  • [PowerPoint slide 16]
    • Paddington in prison.
    • Play clip 2.
  • [PowerPoint slide 17]
    • Paddington and Knuckles.
  • [PowerPoint slide 18]
    • Paddington and his Aunt Lucy.
  • [PowerPoint slide 19]
    • Jesus.
  • [PowerPoint slide 20]
    • Matthew 7:12
  • [PowerPoint slide 21]
    • The Golden Rule.

Photo copyright for Paddington 2: How should you treat other people? PowerPoint: Slide 1 and 15 StudioCanal / Slides 2-3 Disney / Slides 4-5 Dreamworks / Slides 6-7 Disney / Slides 8-9 Andrea McCallin/ABC / Slides 10-11 Warner Bros / Slides 12-13 Pixar/Walt Disney / Slide 14 StudioCanal / Slide 16 StudioCanal / Slide 17 StudioCanal / Slide 18 StudioCanal / Slide 19 LumoProject.com (image 3) / Slide 20 iStockphoto.com / Slide 21 Pixabay.com


RESPOND

Reflection

  • How do you like to be treated?
  • How does Paddington treat everyone?
  • How might your classroom/school be different if everyone followed the Golden Rule?
  • Knuckles says, ‘I don’t do nothing for no one for nothing’. What do you think of this way of treating other people?
  • Paddington believes that if you are kind and polite, the world will be right. What do you think of this idea?
  • What is your personal Golden Rule?

Prayer

  • Dear God, we thank you for giving us the Golden Rule. Please help us to treat other people in the same way that we would like to be treated. Help us to be kind and patient and polite to everyone we meet, no matter how much they differ from us. And even when people don’t treat us in the way that we would like, may we never forget the Golden Rule. Amen.

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