Rocks Class Assembly Script

Rocks Class Assembly

Rocks

Rocks really come alive in this entertaining class assembly. In this performance, the children will meet the apprentice and the architect who work out appropriate rocks for buildings. They will find out why an adventurous traveller cannot travel through the centre of the earth. They will witness and take part in a live exploding volcano and the rocks that are left behind. Finally, they will meet Mary Anning who narrates and acts out her own story of the greatest fossil discovery in the rocks of Lyme Regis. If you think your class will find rocks are boring, this performance will prove you wrong!

Key Stage: KS2 bur also suitable for KS1

Style: Information and amusing

Number of children: Accommodates for a whole class of 30 but can easily be amended to accommodate less or more

Duration: 20 minutes but can be made longer or shorter by editing the script.

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Rocks Class Assembly - Extract

Extract 1

Narrator:

But let us start with what rocks are! And to explain, we have a geologist with us today who has a very special visitor! Please welcome George the Geologist and his friend, Trevor the Traveller!

George

Hi everyone! My name is George the Geologist! I am a rock expert!

Narrator

Good! Then you can start with telling us what rocks are!

George

Rocks are materials that you find in nature! Stones, pebbles and sand are just small pieces of rock! They are found everywhere! If you dig into the ground, sooner or later you will reach rock!

Narrator

We have a friend who wants to dig! He has travelled everywhere and now he wants to do something crazy! Shall we bring him on?

George

(On comes Traveller) I have travelled all over the world and now I want to travel under it!

George   

Eh?

TT

Well! People always fly over the earth to go on holiday! Why do people never go to centre of the earth? Imagine what the journey to the centre of the earth would be like!

George

Well you wouldn't be able to go very far!

All

Why not!

George   

Well the earth is made up of different layers! (Points to the power point slide). First you would get through the soil!    

All

Easy!

George

Well the soil is the first bit of the earth's crust. Then there is the rocky bit underneath.

TT

Like the crust of the bread I have every morning?

George

Trust me! This is a lot harder! You could drill your way through but as you go through the crust, you would get hotter and hotter because you would get nearer to the mantle.

Extract 2

Narrator

We interrupt this live broadcast of the Rock Show with breaking news of an exploding volcano!

Narrator

Risking their life to bring this to us, we have our own broadcasters bringing you a report of an exploding volcano! (Enter 2 reporters. Power point slide change)

Narrator

Can you just explain to our viewers where you are!

Reporter

Well are observing what happens when a volcano explodes. (Hissing background sound)

Reporter

We can hear the hissing of gasses which means only one thing!

Reporter

Masses of hot lava will spit out like thick treacle oozing out over these mountains.

Reporter

Oh no! The hissing is getting louder! That's the sign that it is going to erupt! The ground is starting to shake under our feet! Let's get out of here! (Clip of an exploding volcano)

Narrator

Ladies and gentleman. Of course, no reporter would ever escape a volcano from so close! We ask you to use your imagination!

Narrator

While our reporters are running for their lives, we can explain what a volcano is!

Narrator

The earth's crust is very rocky but it isn't perfect! It has lots of cracks. Lots of them! In fact it fits together like giant slabs of a jigsaw puzzle!

Extract 3

Child

Rocks are very useful! In fact, we hardly talk about just how amazingly they actually are!

Child

Do you remember when iron changed our lives forever? (Enter a stone-age man as a hunter gatherer!)

Stone Age

Yabadaboo! I am a hunter gather! I hunt and gather!

Newspaper boy:

(Enters newspaper boy and stands next to the hunter gatherer. Waving his newspaper) Iron! Discovered! This will change your life for ever! New farming tools! New discoveries!

Child

I think you are 2000 years to late mate!

All

Buzz off! (Both the hunter-gatherer and the newspaper boy go off stage)

Child

Yes we remember all that but iron isn't a rock it is a metal!

Child

No! it is a metal but iron was found in a rock called haematite. That contained iron. The rock that changed our life! A rock called haematite contains iron. It is iron ore.

Child

There are many things we can find inside rocks or buried deep under-ground under rocks that are very valuable and useful!

Child

Rocks rock man!

Child

Anything else?

Voice 1

Gold is found in rock too!

Voice 2

Coal is found in rock! It makes electricity!

Voice 3

Diamonds!

Narrator

Rocks also play an important part in telling us about the history of the earth! Through fossils!

Narrator

And to tell us more, we have a special visitor here today! Please welcome Mary Anning!

Extract 4

Mary

Dear scientist at the British Museum. I have found the most amazing thing in the rocks of Lyme Regis. I have made a careful drawing of it. I wanted to know why it is such a clear fish shape! Please write back. (Enter scientists and photographers taking pictures)

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