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2 March 2016

​Real-life Superheroes in Year 1

What a busy and rewarding term it has been for the children in Year 1. Not only have they received letters, secret packages and emails from our superhero friends asking the children to help design new capes so that the superheroes are able to continue to use their super powers to carry out their daily tasks, the children have also discovered some of the powers real-life superheroes possess.

The children have shown great interest in using the internet, books, photographs and the spoken word to find out about explorers throughout history thus developing an understanding of chronology. They suggested that bravery was the super power Christopher Columbus used when he set off on an unknown and perilous journey west across the Atlantic Ocean in a very simple wooden ship in search of wealth and prosperity. There was resounding agreement that Louis Braille’s super power was his determination to design the braille alphabet so that he could help his friends who were also blind. This inspired the children to use their own determination to use braille to read and write their names as well as independently composing messages to one another in braille.

We warmly welcomed the RNLI to our classroom and enjoyed dressing up as ‘life guards like we see on the beach in Cornwall’ as well as comparing the current day RNLI uniform to the uniform worn by real-life superheroes who rowed the lifeboats out to sea 200 years ago. The children asked pertinent questions about people’s living conditions at this time and were amazed how Grace Darling managed to row a small coble over the treacherous waves of the stormy sea wearing only a traditional Victorian dress. This visit certainly inspired some wonderful acting prowess during our Year 1 assembly about Grace’s rescue of the sailors from a wrecked steamship in 1837. All agreed that bravery, courage and determination were the super powers Grace Darling had employed. The children thought Neil Armstrong was a very daring explorer because he was the first person to step on to the Moon and Tim Peake’s scientific enthusiasm about his mission to the International Space Station has been the subject of many discussions, investigations and much curiosity throughout the term.

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