English Reception Summer Descriptive Writing


Enter the world of superheroes by sharing the books Superheroes - All Sorts, Superhero ABC and Supertato. Spark their imagination by describing superheroes, dressing up and creating gadgets, as well as writing about superpowers.

Superpowers (suggested as 5 days)

Active Learning

  1. What is a Superhero?
  2. Everyday Superheroes
  3. Everyday Superpowers
  4. Describe a Superhero

Creating and Thinking Critically

  1. To the rescue...
  2. Guided reading
  3. My superpower
  4. Superhero descriptions

Exploring and Playing

  1. Superhero school
  2. Small world rescues
  3. Look the part!
  4. Imagine...

Books to Share

  1. Share and enjoy Eliot: Midnight Superhero. What makes Eliot a midnight superhero? When is midnight?
  2. Share and enjoy My Mum is a Supermum. Why does Milo think his mum might be a supermum? What superpower does he think she has? Do children have any suspicions that they have a ‘super’ relative at home?!
  3. Reread My Mum is a Supermum. Look at the two illustrations, comparing the features of a mum and a supermum. Could we create a picture of a superkid/child? Draw a sketch, adding features with children’s input, e.g. ‘Invisibility jumper, X-ray glasses, turbo trainers’ etc. What superpowers might this hero have?
  4. Discuss a time when children were helpful or solved a problem for someone else. Why did they need help? How could they tell the person needed help? What did they do? What superpower did they use? (being quick, kind, helpful, funny) How does it feel to help someone else, or to be helped?
  5. Reread a favourite superhero book from the week, or read Supertato in preparation for next week.

Poetry/Rhyme of the Week: We are All Superheroes (see resources)
Introduce on Monday (send a copy home). Rehearse and chant during week, waiting to go to lunch, to focus on carpet, for fun! Develop performance and add actions.

Group Reader: Superheros - All Sorts
A quite superb book which points out that there are many types of superhero – human and otherwise! All children (and adults) will love the illustrations which can make us laugh out loud. This text is perfect for beginning readers.

You Will Need

Essential Texts
Superheroes – All Sorts
(Hamilton Group Reader)
Eliot: Midnight Superhero by Anne Cottringer

Superheroes - All Sorts Group Reader from Hamilton Trust
Superhero quick trick from bbc.co.uk

A selection of toys to be rescued
Superhero role play equipment
Slime, ice and foam
Decorative art materials