To celebrate the harvest
To appreciate the gift of colour
A display of harvest food donated by the children
and parents, to be distributed to local people
The food (plus some flowers) could be arranged in colour groups like a
Each class could produce a collage type painting/picture, in one
colour, to be displayed on the wall, if there is enough space. These
could be displayed in the order of the colours in the rainbow
Coloured ribbons or paper needed for the story
The Rainbow People.doc
'The Rainbow People' is a very thought-provoking
story from a leaflet called 'I have a dream' available from Christian Aid.
Copyright owned by Carolyn Askar.
This assembly is long enough to be a full harvest
festival performed by the whole school before parents
The class names below should be replaced by your class names
Each class works out a play, narrates a poem, or shows a picture etc.
about their colour
There is an example for the colour orange below
The children could also dress in the rainbow colours
CHILD 1: Welcome to our Harvest Festival.
This year, our theme is colour. Everyone has worked hard, producing
pictures, readings, dances and plays.
We hope you enjoy our celebration.
We would also like to thank you for this wonderful display of food and
We begin with our first hymn - "Who put the colours in the rainbow?"
HYMN: "Who put the colours in the rainbow?"
CHILD 2: As the last line of the hymn
reminded us, God made everything.
The first thing he made was light. This light can be split into all the
colours of the rainbow. When you mix these, you can produce other
colours. Colour is one of God's gifts to us.
God was like an artist. He was happy with the world, so he painted it
with many colours. He wants us to enjoy these colours.
CHILD 3: God our Father, you made our
world beautiful. We never grow tired of looking at it. The colours
change with every season.
They help us to realise how great and wonderful you are yourself.
CHILD 4: We will now have our second hymn,
which mentions the first three colours of the rainbow - "Autumn is
HYMN: "Autumn is here" by Margery
Brinkmann and Jean Gilbert (Festivals by Jean Gilbert ISBN 0 19 321285
CHILD 5: Now class 4C will tell us about
the colour red.
Example: the poem "Red in Autumn" by Elizabeth
Gould (Festivals by Jean Gilbert ISBN 0 19 321285 4).
CHILD 6: Class 4D will tell us about
1. Orange is a warm, bright, glowing colour.
2. It is the colour of sunset. on a warm, sunny day.
3. It is the colour of flames in an autumn bonfire, burning up the
crisp, orange leaves.
4. It is the colour of cornflakes - and marmalade on toast, a tasty way
to start the day.
5. It is the colour of Crunchies and barley sugar sweets, a lovely way
to treat yourself.
6. It is the colour of baked beans, fish fingers and spaghetti hoops,
tomato soup, carrots and lentils - all delicious to eat on a chilly
7. It is also the colour of oranges, satsumas, apricots, peaches and
nectarines - a refreshing way to finish a meal.
8. Where would we be without orange?
It brightens up the autumn garden and adds colour to our meals.
Thank you, God, for orange.
CHILD 7: 4D would also
like to perform a play called "The Rainbow People".
The play tells us that we should work together. We should share what we
have and help each other.
For example, there is enough food on earth for everyone, but some
people are still starving to death. This is because countries are
fighting each other, instead of working together.
Now - our play "The Rainbow People".
4D ACT "The Rainbow People"
The Rainbow People.doc
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CHILD 8: We are good at sharing.
Recently, we collected money for (name) charity and today we have given
all this food.
Now class 5R will tell us about yellow.
Example: some happy-sounding music composed and played by the children
on high-pitched instruments.
CHILD 9: We now have a song which
mentions some more colours - "Picking up conkers"
SONG: "Picking up conkers " by Geoffrey
and Mollie Russell-Smith (Festivals by Jean Gilbert ISBN 0 19 321285
CHILD 10: That song reminds us that autumn
is a time for fun. Now class 5L will tell us about green.
Example: a story/play about a farmer sowing and reaping, or an extract
from the Bible about sowing/reaping. Narrated and mimed.
CHILD 11: Class 7P would like to tell us
Example: some sea/river pictures, or a dance to Handel's 'Water Music'.
CHILD 12: Year 6 have worked together on
indigo and violet.
YEAR 6 INDIGO/VIOLET
Example: information about food or flowers of this colour e.g.
aubergines, Michaelmas daisies etc.
CHILD 13: We have told you something
about all the rainbow colours.
In the Bible, the rainbow is a symbol for hope and peace.
In the story of Noah, the Flood was followed by a rainbow. This was
God's multi-coloured promise that he would never flood the earth again.
Rain would always be followed by sun.
CHILD 14: John, who wrote the last book
in the Bible, also mentioned a rainbow. He described heaven as a very
colourful place, with a rainbow and lots of jewels.
"I saw a throne in heaven. The person sitting on the throne looked like
a diamond and a ruby. And a rainbow, like an emerald, encircled the
An angel showed me the New Jerusalem. The walls were made of diamonds.
The city was made of pure gold. The foundations contained precious
stones: diamond, lapis lazuli, turquoise, crystal, agate, ruby, gold
quartz, malachite, topaz, emerald, sapphire, amethyst.
Each gate was a single pearl.
The city was lit by the radiance of God, so it did not need the sun and
moon for light."
John makes heaven sound like an exciting place, especially with all
CHILD 15: Finally, class 7N are going to
tell us about brown - an autumn colour which can be made by mixing some
of the rainbow colours.
Example: poem about bread "Bread" by H. E. Wilkinson (Festivals by Jean
Gilbert ISBN 0 19 321285 4).
CHILD 16: Dear God, we thank you for the
colours and smells and tastes of your harvest gifts. We will try to
share these gifts with people who are more hungry than we are. Amen.
CHILD 17: We give thanks for people of all
races, colours and beliefs.
We pray for a harvest of harmony and friendship throughout the world.
CHILD 18: Our final hymn reminds us that
we must not forget to thank God,
for the beauty of autumn and harvest time - "Autumn Days".
HYMN: "Autumn Days" by Estelle White
(Celebration Hymnal for Everyone number 61)