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Toy Story 4: How should we respond to feeling not good enough?

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Assembly Objective:

  • How should we respond to feeling not good enough? This assembly explores different responses to self-doubt and references the biblical claim that God’s love is unconditional.

Film:

  • Toy Story 4 (Disney, 2019) certificate U, click here to buy the DVD online.

Bible:

Supporting Values Education:

  • Rule of Law: The law applies to everyone and, therefore, no British citizen can be denied their human rights.
  • Mutual Respect and Tolerance: British society aspires to be inclusive of those with different faiths and beliefs.

OPENING ACTIVITY 

How Well Do You Know the Toy Story films? (Quiz)


FILM CLIP 1

  • From Toy Story 4 (Disney, 2019) certificate U.
    • Start time: 00:54:41 (Bo Peep leads Woody to the slot machine.)
    • End time: 00:59:08 (Bo Peep says, ‘Let’s do this!’)
    • Clip length: 4 minutes and 27 seconds.
    • If you cannot play this clip from the DVD, instead say, ‘In need of help, Bo Peep leads Woody to a large slot machine in the antique store. She presses some buttons and a door opens. Inside there are a lot of old toys. She greets a few of them before introducing Woody to Duke Caboom, a toy motorcycle stunt rider. Duke shows off a lot in front of Woody but refuses to help save Bonnie’s new toy, Forky. When he hears about Bonnie, Duke is reminded of Rejean, the child who rejected him because he could not perform stunts as well as he did in his TV advert. Thinking of Rejean causes Duke to become very upset. However, Bo Beep encourages Duke not to give up and he agrees to help them.

FILM CLIP 2

  • From Toy Story 4 (Disney, 2019) certificate U.
    • Start time: 01:18:05 (Duke is refusing to perform the jump from the ferris wheel.)
    • End time: 01:19:23 (Duke crashes onto the roof of the carousel.)
    • Clip length: 1 minute 18 seconds.
    • If you cannot play this clip from the DVD, instead say, ‘Having performed a much shorter jump previously in the antique shop, Duke is now refusing to attempt a longer jump from the top of the ferris wheel to the roof of the carousel.  Once again, Bo Peep encourages him and he sets off with his eyes closed. He thinks about Rejean, the child who rejected him. He completes the jump successfully and helps Bonnie’s toys to be reunited.

TALK

Scripted Talk

Download the Toy Story 4 PowerPoint for use with this talk.

  • [PowerPoint slide 1]
    • Welcome everyone to our assembly this morning. It is based on the film, Toy Story 4. But before I start telling you about Toy Story 4, I want to ask you a question.
  • [PowerPoint slide 2]
    • How much do you know about the other Toy Story films? Are you ready to play a Toy Story quiz?
  • [PowerPoint slides 3 – 18]
    • Toy Story Quiz. (N.B. In question 1, children gain a point for each sheep that they correctly name.)
  • [PowerPoint slide 19]
    • (Congratulate the children on the extent of their Toy Story knowledge and ask them to count up their personal score. Invite them to rate their score according to the PowerPoint slide. Invite the children to talk about how it feels to be awarded different ratings.)
  • [PowerPoint slide 20]
    • A big theme that has run through all the Toy Story films, including the most recent one, is the feeling of not being ‘good enough’. (Encourage the children to think of examples when characters in the Toy Story films feel ‘not good enough’. Discuss the reasons why different characters feel this way. Discuss the examples below.)
  • [PowerPoint slide 21]
    • In the very first film, Buzz Lightyear feels ‘not good enough’ because he cannot really fly.
  • [PowerPoint slide 22]
    • In Toy Story 2, Jessie feels ‘not good enough’ when her owner, Emily, gives her away.
  • [PowerPoint slide 23]
    • In Toy Story 3, Lotso feels not good enough when his owner, Daisy, replaces him with another toy.
  • [PowerPoint slide 24]
    • In Toy Story 4, we are introduced to a whole new group of toys, many of whom feel that they too are not good enough.
  • [PowerPoint slide 25]
    • One of these new characters is called Duke Caboom and Woody is introduced to him by his long-lost love, Bo Peep. They need Duke’s help to save another toy from a cupboard in an antique shop.
    • Play film clip 1 from Toy Story 4 (Disney, 2019) certificate U.
      • Start time: 00:54:41 (Bo Peep leads Woody to the slot machine.)
      • End time: 00:59:08 (Bo Peep says, ‘Let’s do this!’)
      • Clip length: 4 minutes and 27 seconds.
    • If you cannot play this clip from the DVD, instead say, ‘In need of help, Bo Peep leads Woody to a large slot machine in the antique store. She presses some buttons and a door opens. Inside there are a lot of old toys. She greets a few of them before introducing Woody to Duke Caboom, a toy motorcycle stunt rider. Duke shows off a lot in front of Woody but refuses to help save Bonnie’s new toy, Forky. When he hears about Bonnie, Duke is reminded of Rejean, the child who rejected him because he could not perform stunts as well as he did in his TV advert. Thinking of Rejean causes Duke to become very upset. However, Bo Peep encourages Duke not to give up and he agrees to help them.
  • [PowerPoint slide 26]
    • (Discuss why Duke Caboom feels not good enough. Do adverts and pictures in magazines sometimes make the children feel not good enough? How does Bo Peep help Duke to overcome these feelings? What else, in the past, has caused the children to feel not good enough? What had happened? How did they react to feeling not good enough? Who, if anyone, helped them to feel better? Rather than feeling not good enough, might the children have thought differently about things?)
  • [PowerPoint slide 27]
    • At the start of Toy Story 4, we see Bo Peep given away by Andy’s sister to be sold for charity. However, Bo Peep doesn’t react by thinking she is not good enough. Instead, she sees this as the start of a new adventure. She encourages others including Woody and Duke Caboom, to think differently as well.
    • Play film clip 2 from Toy Story 4 (Disney, 2019) certificate U.
      • Start time: 01:18:05 (Duke is refusing to perform the jump from the ferris wheel.)
      • End time: 01:19:23 (Duke crashes onto the roof of the carousel.)
      • Clip length: 1 minute and 18 seconds.
    • If you cannot play this clip from the DVD, instead say, ‘Having performed a much shorter jump previously in the antique shop, Duke is now refusing to attempt a longer jump from the top of the ferris wheel to the roof of the carousel. Once again, Bo Peep encourages him and he sets off with his eyes closed. He thinks about Rejean, the child who rejected him. He completes the jump successfully and helps Bonnie’s toys to be reunited.
    • Allow children time to reflect upon the clip. How did Duke overcome feeling not good enough? What gave him the confidence to believe he could achieve this longer jump? Why did he think of Rejean when he was performing the jump?
  • [PowerPoint slide 28]
    • Christians often turn to the Bible when they are feeling not good enough. A favourite passage for many Christians is Psalm 139. (Share verses 1 – 6 with the children. What do they make of these words? How might they help people who feel not good enough?) So, at times in your life when bad things happen to you, instead of feeling not good enough, you can remember that you are loved, view what has happened as the start of a new adventure or, like Duke Caboom, be brave and overcome your self-doubt.

Headings and bullets

  • [PowerPoint slide 1]
    • Welcome.
  • [PowerPoint slide 2]
    • How well do you know the Toy Story films?
  • [PowerPoint slide 3]
    • What are the names of Bo Peep’s sheep?
  • [PowerPoint slide 4]
    • Billy, Goat and Gruff.
  • [PowerPoint slide 5]
    • What is the name of this boy from Toy Story?
  • [PowerPoint slide 6]
    • Sid.
  • [PowerPoint slide 7]
    • What is Jessie’s full title?
  • [PowerPoint slide 8]
    • Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl.
  • [PowerPoint slide 9]
    • What is the name of the nursery in Toy Story 3?
  • [PowerPoint slide 10]
    • Sunnyside Daycare.
  • [PowerPoint slide 11]
    • Name this character from Toy Story 3.
  • [PowerPoint slide 12]
    • Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear or Lotso.
  • [PowerPoint slide 13]
    • What is Woody’s first line in Toy Story?
  • [PowerPoint slide 14]
    • ‘You’re my favourite deputy.’
  • [PowerPoint slide 15]
    • How do the toys escape from the incinerator in Toy Story 3?
  • [PowerPoint slide 16]
    • They are rescued by aliens using a crane.
  • [PowerPoint slide 17]
    • What is the name of the toy collector who steals Woody in Toy Story 2?
  • [PowerPoint slide 18]
    • Al (McWhiggin).
  • [PowerPoint slide 19]
    • Rate your score.
  • [PowerPoint slide 20]
    • Not good enough.
  • [PowerPoint slide 21]
    • Buzz Lightyear.
  • [PowerPoint slide 22]
    • Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl.
  • [PowerPoint slide 23]
    • Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear or Lotso.
  • [PowerPoint slide 24]
    • Not good enough.
  • [PowerPoint slide 25]
    • Duke Caboom.
    • Play clip 1.
  • [PowerPoint slide 26]
    • Not good enough.
  • [PowerPoint slide 27]
    • Bo Peep.
    • Play clip 2.
  • [PowerPoint slide 28]
    • Psalm 139:1 – 6.

Photo copyright for Toy Story 4 PowerPoint: Slides 1, 2, 19, 20 and 24 Disney/Pixar / Slide 3 and 4 Disney/Pixar / Slide 5 and 6 Disney/Pixar / Slide 7, 8 and 22 Disney/Pixar / Slide 9 and 10 Disney/Pixar / Slide 11, 12 and 23 Disney/Pixar / Slide 13 and 14 Disney/Pixar / Slide 15 and 16 Disney/Pixar / Slide 17 and 18 Disney/Pixar / Slide 21 Walt Disney Studios / Slide 25 Disney/Pixar / Slide 26 Disney/Pixar / Slide 27 Disney/Pixar / Slide 28 iStockphoto.com 


RESPOND

Reflection

  • When have you ever felt not good enough? What happened? How did you respond?
  • Why do you think adverts on television or in magazines often make people feel that they are not good enough? How could this be changed?
  • What might you do to help someone who doesn’t feel that they are good enough?
  • Read some more of Psalm 139. What more does it suggest about what God is like?

Prayer

  • Dear God, we thank you for everything that you have made, including ourselves. The world and everything in it is so complex and amazing. When change occurs in our lives, help us resist thinking that we are not good enough but instead help us to remember that you love and care for us, knowing our every thought and action. May we be a help to others who feel that they are not good enough by reminding them that they are loved and special to us. Amen.

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