Bare Necessities

This session uses the song 'Bare Necessities' from The Jungle Book.  You may want to use the following clip as a stimulus:


First, show the clip (or play the song).  Then, sing the first verse with the class a couple of times: 

'Bare necessities,
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. 


Suggestion/ Tip:

The following week do Diogenes and Alexander (from 40 Lessons to Get Children Thinking') - learn to tell it, if you can!


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