· Children sit in a semi- circle ready to
listen. Play Beethoven’s Fur Elise.
· Tell the children that the piece of
music was composed by a man called Ludwig Beethoven.
· Explain that Beethoven wrote beautiful
music even when his deafness was causing him a lot of worry and
despair. Tell them that he kept going because he believed in
himself and because his friends helped him when he was feeling
sad and unhappy.
· Tell the children that we are going to
talk about ‘going for goals. This means knowing what you want to
achieve and setting out to achieve it. It can be hard work
trying to do what you need to do. Explain that they may get
bored or may want to give up because it is too difficult.
· Tell them also that they may need
friends to help them.
Ask the children what they could say to
encourage someone who was trying to achieve something that was
difficult for them.
Give suggestions of Keep going, you can
do it, and congratulate the children if they think of other
Tell the children that they are going
to see and hear the story of Samindra. He has something very
difficult to achieve. Explain that they would help him by
whispering some words to him as he tries to achieve his goal.
Say the words of keep going and you can
do it as a practice before the story starts.
Watch the PowerPoint story (on
accompanying CD) of Samindra.
Ask the children questions about the
story – what do you think Samindra wanted most of all. How did
you help Samindra, why do you think Samindra wanted to give up,
what helped Samindra, do you think Samindra was brave, why did
he feel that he couldn’t keep going?
Remind the children that Samindra had
to do something that was very difficult for him to do by
himself. The children helped him believe he could do it.
Is there something you would like to do
but find difficult.
Help the children think of something.
Tell the children we are going to hear
some more of Beethoven’s music and remember although it was very
difficult for him to make the music, he persevered and succeeded