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Wise and Foolish vs Clever and Not Clever

I thought I would share with you the latest assembly I have had published on

It uses 2 characters, with hard hats and Hi-viz jackets to illustrate that being wise isn't always the same as being clever.

"There are lots of those saying, a simple saying that explains something wise, they are called Proverbs and there are loads of them found in the Bible. I will read a bit out for you “Proverbs ch1 vs 2&3”

Wow – something to help us be Honest, Just and Fair. That sounds like a good idea! That is what being wise is all about. But it isn’t about being Clever – there isn’t a mention of clever in that bit was there?

I am going to tell you a story, but I will need some help -

One of you is called “Jack” and whenever I say “Jack” – this half of the room has to cheer.The other half of the room is on this team – this is “Joe” so you have to cheer when I say “Joe”

There are some other actions needed too. When I say:

“Build” – you need to put your fists on top of each other

“House” – Make a House shape with your hands and say “ta-da”

“Rain” – make a rain pattering noise

“wind” – move your hands around

“Foundations” – tap on the floor

“So the story goes like this….

There were 2 men called Jack and Joe.

Jack was very clever. Joe…… wasn’t!

Jack passed every exam with top marks and was good at everything. Joe …… wasn’t!

Jack had loads of money! Joe …… didn’t.

They both decided to build a house. Jack was so clever he thought he knew everything there was to know so he went off and got to work straight away

Joe ……. didn’t! He realised he didn’t know very much at all about building a house, so he went off and asked some of his friends who were builders what he needed to do. Once he had found out lots of things, he started building

The both worked hard for a long time and eventually they finished their houses.However, it was winter and there was a huge storm, the rain fell and the wind blew and both houses got a bashing. Now both houses were make from good materials and they were both about the same size but only one fell down!

Jack’s fell down! Why? Because he had built it on a swamp by mistake! He hadn’t looked at the land and he hadn’t built any foundations.

Joe’s house didn’t fall down because Joe had checked with other people and he learnt all about foundations and had asked for help to get his house right.

So you see being clever doesn’t make you wise and you need to make sure your foundations are strong first”

That bit about the foundations at the end was interesting – what are you building your lives on? Are you being a good friend? Are you helping other people?

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