After years of doing assemblies, I have finally hit upon something of a formula. This may or may not work in your particular context, but hopefully will be of some use!
Timings are obviously very approximate.
|5 mins||Hellos and game (based on the theme of the assembly) for one or two children to participate in up front
Click here to see a Pinterest board of game ideas
|5 mins||Storytelling e.g. acting out with the children, using props or from a good storyteller Bible|
|5 mins||Short talk about the assembly with an illustration if possible (including an example from my own life where appropriate)
Click here to see a Pinterest board of object lesson ideas
|2 mins||Short prayer (or reflection time if not a church school). Generally this works well with a lit candle.|
Here are some assembly examples following this structure: