Assemblies are a crux of the primary school experience and education. An assembly usually takes place in the morning, after the first lesson of the day, before the children go out for breaktime. This is a short gathering of all the children and teachers of the school to reflect on the day and learn a life lesson or cultural learning.
Assemblies take place in a main hall where there is enough room for everybody. The children file in class by class, the youngest sitting at the front of the hall on the floor, and the oldest at the back, often on benches. The teachers sit at the side by their class on chairs.
In religious schools, the assembly may begin with a hymn or religious song and ends with a prayer. Then one teacher leads the assembly with a fable, moral, story, or discussion around a practice at a specific time of year like harvest, Halloween, Christmas, or Easter. Children can raise their hand and interact with each other about what something means. It is a chance for the whole school to discuss something socially, as well as practice behavioral needs.