‘Our Heroes’ was planned to be a topic for the whole school before the pandemic began and we felt it was truly appropriate to start the Autumn Term with this. Parents, grandparents and staff of the school had bought age-appropriate and inspirational books about heroes off our Amazon Wishlist and we built our PSHE Curriculum around those.
Children brought in pictures of their real-life heroes to collage on an amazing whole school display. We were bowled over by the response as children revealed their heroes were their family members who cared for them so well in lockdown, alongside friends and family who worked in the NHS or other critical roles. If you get chance to pop into school when the current lockdown is over, you will see the hard work of staff and children represented in giant lettering and showcasing ‘Our Heroes’.
We spent a lot of time in our classes celebrating the work of key workers and considered how these people had kept our country going. In Nursery and Reception, we read books about important jobs and KS1 children also wrote thank you letters.
After that, each year group moved on to learning about a range of heroes from the past in their Understanding the World and History sessions. Nursery and Reception were fascinated by the endeavours of Amelia Earheart. Year One learned about the bravery and resilience of Rosa Parks and Nelson Mandela, and Year Two are now experts about the life and legacy of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole.
At Overchurch, we have our own school superheroes who embody the character traits we want to instil in our children – Equal Eddie and Edie, Determined Dennis, Courageous Colin, Respectful Poppy, Freddie Friendship and Excellent Elsie.
The children enjoyed comparing their real-life heroes and heroes from the past to our very own Overchurch ones – Captain Sir Tom Moore was certainly a Determined Dennis in their eyes!
All year groups completed some fantastic Art linked to their learning, producing amazing pieces of work such as clay heads of the inspirational athlete Emmanuel Yeboah, and portraits of other sporting heroes such as Mo Farah and the Williams sisters.
If you want to see more about our learning in this topic, please visit #OverchurchHeroes on Twitter.