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Assembly Stories

Hi everyone, I’m going to start uploading our weekly Thursday assemblies here – watch in you classrooms or at home – let me know which stories are your favourites when you see me around school!

Lots of these books are available to read in the morning “bagel bar” in the hall – pop in and enjoy them again with your grown-ups!

My Secret Bully

A true story that helps us to think about using our Resilience SuperPower to ensure all our friendships are supportive and positive.

Frida Kahlo

The biography of an inspiring artist – which Shelton SuporePower does Frida have?

A Child of Books

This is short but lovely book all about imagination and stories.

The Squirrels Who Squabbled

A lovely rhyming story – what can we learn from the squirrels about how to play games of football and basketball?


A lovely magical story for you this week everyone – enjoy!

All are Welcome

A quick poem this week celebrating the fact that we are a No Outsiders school where “everyone is different and everyone is welcome.”

Mousehole Cat

A great traditional Cornish fairy tale this week – what do you think the moral of this tale is?

Star Wars!

A classic story from the original movies this week!


As a “No Outsiders” school where we ensure that everyone is different and everyone is welcome this is another great short story that encourages us to be brave with new situations and listen actively to others.

Nen and the Lonely Fisherman


Another award winner this week – a mysterious story full of intrigue!

Did I ever tell You How Lucky You Are

Just for fun and to celebrate this year’s World Book Day!


A beautiful award winning short story.

Gilbert the Hero

How do Gilbert and the characters in this story use their Shelton SuperPowers when they’re playing?

Where are you From?

Part of our Reading Inprire day where we explore a number of different stories from around the world.

Anansi and the Golden Pot

Based on traditional stories from Ghana, this is a modern fairy tale – can you spot the hidden message we can all learn?

Where the Wild Things Are

One of my all time favourite picture books. What can we learn from Max and his wild adventure?!

The Night After Christmas

A lovely story just celebrating the joy of Christmas! Inspired by the original 1823 poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas”, have you ever wondered what happens next?!

It Fell From the Sky

Another one with amazing illustrations this week. What would you do if you found a treasure had fallen from the sky?!

I am the Subway

An amazing Korean book all about the subway in Soeul – reminds us that “Everyone is different, and everyone is welcome.”

Poppy Field Part 3

Poppy Field Part 2

Here’s the second installment!

Poppy Field Part 1

As Remembrance Day approaches , we’re reading this brilliantly written illustrated story. We’ll split it into several parts as it is a little longer than our usual assembly stories – this is part 1.

Greta and the Giants

A lovely story with amazing illustrations all about the environment. Can you guess the real-life inspiration behind the main character?!

Black AND British

This is a great book that I’ve just discovered. This week I’ve gone for a factual history book all about black people in British history. The book is out in the corridor – have a look and see if you can learn something new.

Counting on Katherine

To celebrate the start of Black History Month, today’s story is an inspiring biography of Katherine Johnson. Katherine used her Perseverer superpower throughout her life.

Seven Blind Mice

A lovely simple story with a great Reflector moral:

“Knowing in part may make a fine tale,
but wisdom comes from seeing the whole”

The Adventures of Beekle The Unimaginary Friend

Beekle is sad and lonely, he uses lots of courage and perseverance to change that …

Arlo – The Lion Who Couldn’t Sleep

We all feel a bit anxious sometimes and this can mean it’s hard to get to sleep. Having a good night’s sleep can help us feel refreshed and ready to take on the challenges of a new day. In this lovely story, Arlo learns a good technique to get to sleep, maybe it can hep you too!

The Story of Ferdinand

A story from 1936, all about being brave enough to be yourself and value your uniquness.


A lovely story that reminds us to always be kind and say nice things to each other.

David Gets In Trouble

This week is Golden Ticket week at Shelton – we are all following the Golden rules and looking out for children who are trying super hard to be a Shelton Super Hero! In this week’s story, David doesn’t do quite so well!

The Monk and The Yak

A lovely short story to help us think about the importance of trusting friendships.

The Tear Thief

Just a lovely modern fairy tale to enjoy during mental health week this week!

Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao

This story is all about perseverance in work, friendships and life – it’s also about my favourite food!

Community – The Whale Who Wanted More

This week, our collective worship focus is “community”. This lovely story also has great illustrations and tells the story of a whale who finds contentment in a supportive community when he realises that “we all need so little to have quite enough”. Our assembly is available online here and the story is below:

Albert Upside Down

Award winning illustrations in this lovely book all about collaborator super powers!

Ada Lovelace

This week was British science week – here’s a great story about the life of Ada Lovelace – an inspirational scientist. I wonder how many future scientists are at Shelton Juniors right now?!

The Name Jar

A book about fitting in, and being unique and special. This story is about a girl who has moved from Korea to America. Her name is unusual to her new American classmates – will she be able to fit in and make friends?

At Shelton we welcome everyone and celebrate our uniqueness – how are you unique and special?

My Beautiful Voice

A lovely book about confidence and learning and learning to express yourself. Sometimes, all it takes is a special teacher to show us how to be brave and discover our own beautiful voice.


This week is Time to Talk day, this is a day organised by the charity Mind to encourage everyone to talk about their mental health.

Beegu is a lovely short story about an alien who feels sad, lost and lonely until she meets some “little people”.

Whether you’re a big person or a little person, maybe we can help each other to feel a little better if we take a bit of time to listen and talk to someone if they are not feeling themselves this week.

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

An old favourite of mine. This story has some great illustrations and is all about how we can help each other in different ways.

Dracula Spectacular

A lovely story about being brave to be who you really are. Look out for the discussion questions at the end to talk about in your classes and with your grown-ups at home.

Dr Martin Luther King Day

This is great illustrated book of Dr King’s famous “I have a Dream” speech. I’ve used the recording of Dr King’s original speech alongside the pages from the book. Listen carefully and have a think about the quote from Dr King at the end – what does it mean for you today?

(Correction: in my introduction I say that Martin Luther King day is 15th, it’s actually Monday 17th January this year)


Two Christmas stories this week – written over 100 years apart. What similarities can you spot?

Determination – Project Possible

A little bit different this week – I’ve been inspired by Nirmal Purga (“Nims”) after watching a documentary called “14 Peaks” recently. (It’s a 12 certificate but grown ups its well worth a watch on Netflix!) So I wanted to share a little of Nims’ story of courage and determination – I think we can definitely all learn something from him.

Dogs Don’t Do Ballet

I’ve just discovered this great book. It’s been around for a while so you might know it. Can you spot the hidden message in this great story?

King of the Sky – Wellbeing Day

Today’s story is all about a boy who moves to another country – he feels very sad because everything is so different. Luckily, he makes a friend who helps him to feel at home.

How will you make everyone in our school feel at home this week?

Troll Stinks – Anti-bullying week

Great odd socks day this week everyone! Today’s story is called Troll Stinks – get ready to pause the video and discuss the questions with your class or with your grown ups at home.

Walter Tull

On Armistice day, this is the story of Walter Tull, the first Black British outfield football player and the first black British officer in the army.


On National Stress Awareness day, this story is called “Happy” and has some lovely illustrations and ideas to help us manage our own wellbeing: