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Below is a list of all our Off-the-peg products, so either use the Shop Index Menu below to navigate or scroll down to look around!
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Off-the-peg Assemblies
These are all tried, tested and well-received.

World War 2 – Home Guard  [Years 5–7. Duration variable ~ 20+ minutes.]
Excellent for those studying World War 2, this takes a light-hearted look at the Home Guard, explaining the importance of its work...
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Harvest  [An assembly for one class or the whole school. Duration variable ~ 15 to 30 minutes.]
Children expand on various aspects of the harvest through history to the modern day. Written in sections, it is easy to edit...
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Another Year On
A 20-minute summer assembly for Years 4-6, reviewing the past year and looking forward to the long holiday. Gently humorous. Contains a narrative poem, and opportunities for mime and acting. Can be customised for your own class.
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The School Year Starts   [Years 3 & 5 – Duration 15 mins]
Children explore their mixed feelings about returning to school after the summer holiday. A reporter finds out...
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Punctuality   [Years 3 & 4 – Duration 10-15 mins]
A group of children explore the feeling of being late and its repercussions. We hear what friends think of us when we are late, and see 2 contrasting boys being...
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Victorian Children   [Years 3-5 – Duration 20+ mins]
5 children discuss life in Victorian times for working-class and well-off children. The dissenter who insists that he might have liked working in a mine is...
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Wonderful World   [Years 4-6 – Duration 20+ mins]
3 children begin to tell us about climate zones, but are immediately interrupted by someone who argues with them at every turn, and another who badly wants ...
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Hero...or Not?   [Years 3-5 – Duration 20+ mins]
A group of children talk about varying types of hero ~ sporting etc ~ and use a tale from ‘King Arthur’ to illustrate. Then 3 more join the conversation, which...
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Points of View   [Years 3-6 – Duration 20+ mins]
What starts as a discussion on arguments and how they shouldn’t be allowed to spoil friendships, soon changes to a court scene where Red Riding Hood’s wolf is...
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Creation Stories   [Years 4-6 – Duration 20+ mins]
3 judges preside over a convention deciding upon the definitive tale of creation. Delegates from Christianity, Ancient Egypt, Vikings and Confuscianism expound...
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Aztecs – The Origin of Man   [Years 4-6 – Duration 20+ mins]
A group of children introduce us to the Aztecs and their story of creation. The story is acted out, and parallels are drawn between the Aztec and Christian...
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Off-the-peg Plays, Productions & Festival Items

The Hunting Party   [Years 4–7 – Duration 25–30 mins]
When Henry VIII falls from his horse while hunting, he is taken to a peasant’s cottage in the woods. What happens there will have far-reaching effects on several members of the family.
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Loki the Mischief-Maker   [A play for Juniors – Duration 25 mins]
A retelling of the Viking myth of Loki, his jealousy of Odin and Frigga’s son Balder, and the punishment exacted by the gods after Loki brought about his death. Action is continuous with no scene-changes, and the audience is swept along in the mixture of dialogue and poetic narrative.
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Occasional Presentations
Pieces written for particular occasions.
These can be used as extended assemblies, but with prayers and hymn omitted, they become short dramatic presentations.

(For Remembrance)
  [Years 5–8 – Duration 25+ mins]
Interspersed with narration, we follow 3 young men through the first world war ~ call-up, training, life in trenches, writing home and, eventually, failure...
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The Poppy Tree
(For Remembrance)
  [Years 2–4 – Duration 20+ mins]
Through question and answer, children tell each other of the origin of Remembrance, and have the opportunity to show family artefacts from the World...
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• Operas and ballets shrunk to minimal narration and script
• Lyrics written to the more memorable melodies
• Enjoyable way of introducing classics
• Funny, slick and lasting 30 to 40+ minutes
• Excellent for variety shows, festivals and concerts
• Suitable for mixed or single-sex casts

Such fun!

The Diminished ‘Magic Flute’   [Years 5–8 – Duration 25+ mins]
Mozart’s opera as never seen before!
Three narrators whisk us through the highly fanciful story, characters interjecting...
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‘Swan Lake’ – The Musical   [Years 6–8 – Duration 20+ mins]
A new look to Tchaikovsky’s ballet.
Four narrators gallop us through the events of the story, with the characters...
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Almaviva! (‘Marriage of Figaro’)   [Years 6–10 – Duration 20+ mins]

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Festival & Variety
• Lots of individual talent?
• Music Hall is the ideal vehicle

Victorian Music Hall 1   [Years 3–4 – Duration 30+ mins]
This Victorian Music Hall was first performed as an item in a school arts’ festival. It is designed for Lower Juniors, although older...
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Victorian Music Hall 2   [Years 5–8+ – Duration 60 mins]
Lasting about an hour, this is an excellent variety show with something for all talents. Each introduction is tailor-made for the act, so items...
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Two plays (no songs)
The Fourth Wise Man   [Years 4–7 – Duration 20+ mins]
Artaban, the fourth wise man, has three jewels to give Jesus. We follow his delayed journey, and see the incidents that cause him to part with the jewels...
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The Florentine Nativity   [Years 6–10 – Duration 45-50 mins]
A Christmas allegory.
Vittore Dorezzi is a renaissance painter whose studio becomes the centre of a struggle between his patron, Federigo, and Federigo’s pregnant...
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Infant Nativity (play with songs)
Three Bells for Christmas   [Years 1–3 – Duration 20–25 mins]
When Jesus is born, the three great bells of Bethlehem must ring out in unison, and their signal will be the star. Two bellkeepers are ready and willing, but...
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The Crowded Barn   [Years 6–10 – Duration 45–50 mins]
When Gabriel chooses their father’s barn as the place for a king, Peter and Jacob are happy to clean it up. The animals who live there, however, obstruct...
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The Shepherd and the Angel   [Years 1–3 – Duration 20–25 mins]

Primary Nativity with songs ~ 3 versions in 1
Following On   [Years 1–6 – Play⁄Cantata⁄Narration – Duration 20–25 mins]
Pageboy Ali and camel Rameses are deemed too untidy to go to Bethlehem with Melchior. But as the kings seem to leave a royal present behind everywhere they go...
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Junior Nativity (play with songs)
The Boys of Bethlehem   [Years 3–5 – Duration 20–25 mins]
Bethlehem becomes overcrowded, so boys from the inns are sent to sleep out under the stars. As they sleep, they are investigated by the beggar-boys and then woken...
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The Word Went Out   [Years 2–5 – Duration 20–30 mins]

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Topic Drama
Bring History and PSHE into your Drama and English.
• Short plays linking to junior topics.
• Quality text that does not patronise young players.
• Good material as a focus for anthology presentations.

‘Portuguese Gold’ – Tudor seafarers: Drake   [Years 5–8 – Duration 30+ mins]
Based on true events which happened during Francis Drake’s round-the-world expedition in 1577/78. When a noble friend of Drake’s, and captain of...
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‘Robin Hood and the Bishop’   a mock mummers’ play in narrative verse. Medieval life + PSHE [Years 6–8 – Duration 20+ mins]
A retelling of one of the legends of Robin Hood. The Bishop of Hereford is waylaid in Sherwood Forest and taken to feast with the outlaws. As payment, they take the...
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Ever begged a copy of a really useful work/admin/assessment sheet from a colleague?
Haven’t we all!
Caroline Eve has put her most heavily used sheets together into the 2 following photocopiable booklets:

Tudors and the Wider World: Exploration and Discovery
A cross-curricular topic pack suitable for Years 4-6.
A self-contained topic encompassing shipbuilding, the most important discoveries of the 16th century, Drake, the Armada etc., etc..
Subject-matter is delivered in easily-assimilated chunks, each accompanied by exercises and activities in language, art, geography, PSHE, science and historical research. A very useful resource, and godsend for the non-specialist teacher.
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A supplementary collection of word-building and vocabulary exercises for Years 1 to 3
Keep dockets of them to hand out as extras, or mount them on cards for a more comprehensive scheme... Attractively brief and colourful.
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Useful Bits for Teachers
Charts and other formats to help with general assessment, writing reports, classroom administration etc...
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Always the most difficult area of Language to assess, these sheets help pupils to see what is required and whether they have met that requirement, and teachers to assess children’s writing. Includes individual cut-’n-stick marking patches.
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How about a package of Christmas-related work for the run-up to the festive season?
Now that Christmas follows straight after Halloween, it can be difficult to keep young minds work-oriented in the midst of all the glitter and concert rehearsals.
**These 2 booklets are a Godsend!**
Each contains enough nativity-based exercises to spread across two year-groups, as well as ending with a few individual art ideas.

The Clutterbox Christmas for Lower Juniors
Geography, Comprehension, Maths, Poetry......etc., etc.
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The Clutterbox Christmas for Upper Juniors
History, Maths, Language, Science......etc., etc.
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Clutterbox Aztecs
This booklet gives you information, language activities and pictures, to deliver the basics of the Aztec civilisation, its origin, location and eventual demise.
Suitable for Years 3-5.
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Coming soon!
Clutterbox Tudor Ships and Seafarers

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