Heroes – what a topic!

Wednesday 31 March 2010

What a topic! 

In Year 1 and 2, the children this term have had much of their learning based around the theme of Heroes.

Heroes covered so much that inspires and engages our children.  The Year 1 and 2 classes have learnt about lots of different aspects of being a hero, starting from what they think a hero actually is – quite a deep question in itself, especially for six and seven year olds!  They went on to consider lots of different types of hero, fictional (even Superheroes!) and real-life. 

Real life heroes included those who volunteered following the Haiti earthquake – a really useful link that helped the classes to consider global issues.  The children wanted to become heroes too, and came up with the idea of a Book and Bun Sale, which the whole school got involved with.  Some children were surprised to think that by contributing to different things they could be actual heroes as well. 

They didn’t forget heroes closer to home – those in our local community such as police, nurses and firefighters.  A visit to the rugby stadium at Headingley was a great success and helped to highlight sporting heroes, too.

Also in the topic, the classes have learnt about historical and religious heroes like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Florence Nightingale.  This helped children to appreciate that heroes can come from all walks of life, from all countries, and be heroic for lots of different reasons.

Along with the other topics (Where in the World, Snowbound and The Tempest), Heroes has another example of great learning that matches the interests and experiences of our children with brilliant outcomes.

After the Easter holiday, we look forward to the summer topics…