Superheroes
Real Superheroes

Superheroes are all around us! In school there are teachers, teaching assistants, cooks, lunchtime supervisors and outside school there are police, paramedics, doctors and religious leaders. Invite some of them in to tell you about their jobs, say thank you to them at a special banquet and make speeches telling them why they are superheroes to you.

Session 1 School superheroes

Objectives

Early learning goals

  • Express self effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs.
  • Use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future.
  • Develop own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.
  • Use phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds.
  • Write some irregular common words.
  • Write simple sentences which can be read by self and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.

Teaching and Activities

Who helps us in school? Find the Superheroes disguised as teachers, teaching assistants, cooks, lunch time supervisors. Interview and report back.

Children will:

  • Compose and write questions to find out information for a written report.
  • Report research to peers.
  • Form positive relationships and develop respect for others.

You Will Need

  • Clipboards
  • Flip chart
  • A4 paper for children to create interview sheet

Session 2 Superhero 999

Objectives

Early learning goals

  • Express self effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs.
  • Use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future.
  • Develop own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.
  • Use phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sound.
  • Know some irregular common words.
  • Write simple sentences which can be read by self and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.
  • Talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members.
  • Know about similarities and differences between others, and among families, communities and traditions.

Teaching and Activities

Who helps us in an emergency? Find out about the emergency services who answer a 999 call.

Children will:

  • Think about, compose and ask questions; research to find the answers; record their learning.
  • Learn about the features of non-fiction literature.

You Will Need

  • Theme related role play area: uniforms, helmets, equipment, telephone and map of the loal area
  • Incident reports, information notebooks, prescription pads
  • Small world play construction kits
  • Playdough and shaped cutters
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Information & fiction books
  • Topsy and Tim Meet the Ambulance Crew/the Firefighters/the Police by Jean and Gareth Adamson

Session 3 Visit: Emergency Services vehicle

Objectives

Early learning goals

  • Express self effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs.
  • Use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future.
  • Develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.
  • Use phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds.
  • Write some known irregular common words.
  • Write simple sentences which can be read by self and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others phonetically plausible.

Teaching and Activities

If possible-Visit to school of emergency services vehicle. Record visit in photos and paintings with written captions/narrative. Chronological report.

Children will

  • Think about and ask questions.
  • Record their learning.
  • Learn features of non-fiction literature.

You Will Need

  • Art materials
  • Theme related role play area with uniforms, helmets, equipment, telephone, map of local area
  • Incident reports, information notebooks, prescription pads
  • Small world play construction kits
  • Playdough and shaped cutters
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Information and fiction books

Session 4 Visit: Emergency Services personnel

Objectives

Early learning goals

  • Express self effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs.
  • Use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future.
  • Develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.
  • Use phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds.
  • Write some known irregular common words.
  • Write simple sentences which can be read by self and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others phonetically plausible.

Teaching and Activities

If possible-Visit to school of emergency services personnel. Record visit in drawings with written captions/speech bubbles.

Children will

  • Think about and ask questions.
  • Record their learning.
  • Learn features of non-fiction literature.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • Art materials
  • Theme related role play area with uniforms, helmets, equipment, telephone, map of local area; opportunities for writing, incident reports, information notebooks, prescription pads
  • Small world play construction kits
  • Playdough and shaped cutters
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Information and fiction books

Session 5 Local superheroes!

Objectives

Early learning goals

  • Express self effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs.
  • Use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future.
  • Develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.
  • Know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.

Teaching and Activities

Who helps us when we’re feeling ill? Find out about health care professionals. Read ‘Dr Dog’ by Babette Cole.

Children will:

  • Rehearse dialogue related to visiting health professionals using their own experiences
  • Learn the importance of washing hands properly.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • Role play area: Health Centre
  • Class puppet/soft toy with superhero cape
  • Learning outcome resources from session 1 to 4
  • Big Books, photos, lists, reports
  • Flip chart
  • Small world hospital, health care
  • Resources to make paper capes and masks for soft toys
  • Puzzles
  • Books
  • Supermarket own food based magazines
  • Dr Dog by Babette Cole

Session 6 Special superheroes!

Objectives

Early learning goals

  • Express self effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs.
  • Use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future.
  • Develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.
  • Talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members.
  • Know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this.
  • Know about similarities and differences between self and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

Teaching and Activities

Who helps us outside school? Find out about local faith leaders – the Vicar, Imam, Rabbi, Guru, Priest.

Children will:

  • Identify and group together correctly artefacts and resources for different local faiths.
  • Share their own experiences (if any) of visiting/belonging to a faith group.
  • Listen attentively to visiting local faith leaders.

You Will Need

  • Selection of RE resources, to include artefacts representing faiths in the local area
  • Cloths to cover
  • Questions written as captions:

‘What is the person who works in the building called?’
‘Name the Holy Book’
‘What do you call the people who worship in that building?’
‘What day do people go there?’

Session 7 Other local superheroes

Objectives

Early learning goals

  • Use phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds.
  • Write some irregular common words.
  • Write simple sentences which can be read by self and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.
  • Play co-operatively, taking turns with others.
  • Take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity.
  • Show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.

Teaching and Activities

Who helps us when our parents are unavailable? Appreciate other carers such as childminders and grandparents.

Children will:

  • Recognise the contribution of adults other than parents to their care and nurture.
  • Make a thank you card as opportunity to share in building relationship with an adult in their lives.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • Oxford Reading Tree: Level 11B: TreeTops: Robot Childminder by Jonny Zucker
  • Resources for card making
  • Envelopes

Session 8 We celebrate you!

Objectives

Early learning goal

  • Express self effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs.
  • Use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future.
  • Develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.
  • Play co-operatively, taking turns with others.
  • Take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity.
  • Show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.
  • Use what has been learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes.
  • Represent own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.

Teaching and Activities

Organise a special banquet and make speeches telling them why they are Superheroes.

Children will:

  • Share ideas on how to celebrate the superheroes in their lives.
  • Write invitations.
  • Prepare banquet and act as hosts.
  • Prepare and deliver short speech.

You Will Need

  • The completed pictures, reports, Big Books, lists and photos from session 1 to 7
  • Flip chart
  • Resources for invitations, certificates
  • Ingredients and materials for banquet