Ethos Education

The Tiger Who Came to Tea: What Makes us Different From Other Animals?

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Assembly Objective:

  • What makes us different from other animals? This assembly explores behavioural norms to which animals are not subject and considers the uniqueness of humans from a biblical perspective.

Film:

  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea (Universal, 2019) certificate U, click here to buy the DVD online.

Bible:

Supporting Values Education:

  • Rule of Law: In the UK, almost everyone over the age of criminal responsibility is subject to the law.

Supporting Health and Relationships Education:

  • Pupils should know the conventions of courtesy and manners.

OPENING ACTIVITY

Do The Right Thing: (Quiz)

  • The children have to answer the questions correctly according to British conventions of courtesy and manners.

FILM CLIP 1

  • From The Tiger Who Came to Tea (Universal, 2019) certificate U.
    • Start time: 00:04:18 (Mummy and Sophie sit down to enjoy their afternoon tea.)
    • End time: 00:10:10 (Sophie claps her hands)
    • Clip length: 5 minutes and 52 seconds
  • If you cannot play this clip from the DVD, instead say, ‘One day, Mummy and Sophie are planning on going to the park but it starts to rain. Instead, they stay home and prepare an afternoon tea. They are just starting to eat when there is a knock on the door. They open the door and a large tiger enters their house. He sits with them at the kitchen table and proceeds to eat all the buns, biscuits and the cake that they had baked. Then he drinks all of the tea directly from the tea pot. Mummy is shocked by the tiger’s behaviour but Sophie thinks it is funny.

 FILM CLIP 2

  • From The Tiger Who Came to Tea (Universal, 2019) certificate U.
    • Start time: 00:12:24 (The music begins.)
    • End time: 00:14:37 (The music ends and Sophie lands on the floor.)
    • Clip length: 2 minutes and 13 seconds
  • If you cannot play this clip from the DVD, instead say, ‘After the tiger has eaten all the food in the house, music begins and there is a song about him. The tiger is shown eating lots of food and Sophie is seen riding on his back. The words of the song say that people should be more like the tiger. They should enjoy whatever life brings their way and be open to new experiences.

TALK

Scripted Talk

Download The Tiger Who Came to Tea PowerPoint for use with this talk.

  • [PowerPoint slide 1]
    • Welcome everyone to our assembly this morning. It is based on the book,‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’. This is a very well-known book that may have been read to your parents or grandparents when they were children. Now it has been made into a short film and this morning we are going to watch a couple of clips from it. Does anyone already know the story? (Invite volunteers to retell the story.) The tiger behaves very badly by gobbling up all the food and downing all the drinks in the house. Before we watch him doing that, let’s play a quiz to think of how he should have behaved.
  • PowerPoint slide 2]
    • The quiz is called Do The Right Thing.
  • [PowerPoint slides 3 – 12]
    • (The children must state what they consider to be the right thing to do in each of the scenarios.)
  • [PowerPoint slide 13]
    • (Congratulate the children on knowing the right thing to do in each of the scenarios.) Now let’s see how the tiger gets on when he invites himself to afternoon tea with Sophie and her Mummy.
    • Play film clip 1 from The Tiger Who Came to Tea (Universal, 2019) certificate U.
      • Start time: 00:04:18 (Mummy and Sophie sit down to enjoy their afternoon tea.)
      • End time: 00:10:10 (Sophie claps her hands)
      • Clip length: 5 minutes and 52 seconds
    • If you cannot play this clip from the DVD, instead say, ‘One day, Mummy and Sophie are planning on going to the park but it starts to rain. Instead, they stay home and prepare an afternoon tea. They are just starting to eat when there is a knock on the door. They open the door and a large tiger enters their house. He sits with them at the kitchen table and proceeds to eat all the buns, biscuits and the cake that they had baked. Then he drinks all of the tea directly from the tea pot. Mummy is shocked by the tiger’s behaviour but Sophie thinks it is funny.
    • (After watching the film clip, invite the children to describe the tiger’s behaviour. They may use words such as ‘rude’ or ‘greedy’.) Animals, especially wild ones like tigers, can not be ‘rude’ or ‘greedy’ because, unlike humans, animals don’t know to do the right thing. That is one of the big differences between humans and other animals.
  • [PowerPoint slide 14]
    • Can the children think of any differences between, for example, Sophie and the tiger. Why do they think humans are different from other animals?
  • [PowerPoint slide 15]
    • Christians believe that God made both humans and animals but He made humans to be like Himself. This is what God says at the start of the first book of the Bible. (Share the Bible verses with the children. What do they understand by the verses?) God gave us power over all the other animals but it does not mean that we can do what we want with them. We have to treat them kindly and make sure that both wild animals and tame animals have somewhere to live. That’s the right thing to do.
  • [PowerPoint slide 16]
    • We are now going to finish our assembly this morning with the song from the film. The song is called, ‘Hey, Tiger!’ and it encourages us to be more like the tiger, not greedy and rude, but more confident and able to enjoy life to the full.
    • Play film clip 2 from The Tiger Who Came to Tea (Universal, 2019) certificate U.
      • Start time: 00:12:24 (The music begins.)
      • End time: 00:14:37 (The music ends and Sophie lands on the floor.)
      • Clip length: 2 minutes and 13 seconds
    • If you cannot play this clip from the DVD, instead say, ‘After the tiger has eaten all the food in the house, music begins and there is a song about him. The tiger is shown eating lots of food and Sophie is seen riding on his back. The words of the song say that people should be more like the tiger. They should enjoy whatever life brings their way and be open to new experiences.

Headings and bullets

  • [PowerPoint slide 1]
    • Welcome.
  • [PowerPoint slide 2]
    • Do the right thing.
  • [PowerPoint slide 3]
    • You want to go to a friend’s house for tea.
  • [PowerPoint slide 4]
    • Answer: wait until you are invited.
  • [PowerPoint slide 5]
    • Someone offers you a plate of biscuits.
  • [PowerPoint slide 6]
    • Answer: take one biscuit and say, ‘Thank you’.
  • [PowerPoint slide 7]
    • Someone offers you a cup of tea.
  • [PowerPoint slide 8]
    • Answer: say ‘yes please’ or ‘no thank you’.
  • [PowerPoint slide 9]
    • You do a big burp at the table.
  • [PowerPoint slide 10]
    • Answer: Say ‘excuse me’.
  • [PowerPoint slide 11]
    • After tea with your friend, you are still hungry.
  • [PowerPoint slide 12]
    • Answer: politely say, ‘Please may I have some more food?’
  • [PowerPoint slide 13]
    • The Tiger Who Came to Tea.
  • [PowerPoint slide 14]
    • Humans and other animals.
  • [PowerPoint slide 15]
    • Genesis 1:26.
  • [PowerPoint slide 16]
    • Hey, Tiger!

Photo copyright for The Tiger Who Came to Tea Powerpoint: Slide 1 and 13 UPHE Content Group / Slide 2 Pixabay.com / Slide 3 Pixabay.com / Slide 4 Pixabay.com / Slide 5 Pixabay.com / Slide 6 Pixabay.com / Slide 7 Pixabay.com / Slide 8 Pixabay.com / Slide 9 Pixabay.com / Slide 10 Freeimages.com / Slide 11 Kotivalo / Slide 12 Freeimages.com / Slide 14 and 16 UPHE Content Group / Slide 15 Pixabay.com


RESPOND

Reflection

  • In what ways are humans and other animals different?
  • Why do you think humans are different from other animals?
  • Talk about a time when you did the wrong thing. How did you feel?
  • What do you like / dislike about the tiger?
  • If your family has a pet animal, what do they do to take care of it?
  • What can humans do to take care of wild birds and animals?

Prayer

  • Dear God, we thank You for all the people who are teaching us to do the right thing. Help us to learn and to think more about how we behave and treat others. Help all of us to remember that you also made other animals and it is our job to take good care of them. May we become more like the tiger in the film – more confident and better able to enjoy whatever life may bring. Amen.

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