This session uses the song 'Bare Necessities' from The Jungle Book. You may want to use the following clip as a stimulus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ogQ0uge06o
First, show the clip (or play the song). Then, sing the first verse with the class a couple of times:
Those simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean those bare necessities
Mother nature’s recipes
That bring those bare necessities of life'
Start Q: What’s the song about? (and what are ‘bare necessities’?)
I usually give them a simple translation at some point: bare necessities = ‘only those things that are really needed’
TQ: What are those things that are really needed (bare necessities)?
Split a board into 2 categories: ‘Needed' and 'Not Needed'. Ask children to come up with a pen and write things up on either category until you’ve got enough for discussion. Then run an enquiry around what’s on the board.
The following week do Diogenes and Alexander (from 40 Lessons to Get Children Thinking') - learn to tell it, if you can!