Real-life heroes exist all around us and children may be able to identify some from their local community. Children need to discuss what might a real-life hero be like, thinking about such things as kindness, generosity, support, helping the community, etc. The following resources should hopefully prove useful when studying real-life heroes:
A Real Life Hero : “This poster describes the career of an Air Ambulance Pilot in East Anglia – a real-life hero. It contains a range of high frequency words and some multi-syllable words. Competent, confident Year 1 readers will be able to read this text, and less able Year 1 readers will enjoy sharing it with adult support.” (Scholastic) Teachers are required to create a free Scholastic account to access this resource.
Pie Corbett’s Non-Fiction: Superheroes – Literacy Resource For KS2
Real Superheroes is a project from the Hamilton Trust: “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.” (Hamilton Trust)
Oxfam did a useful resource based around the 2012 Olympics but most of the sections of it are still relevant and may be useful again thinking about the cancelled Olympics this year whilst looking forward to it next year. Heroes and Heroines is about Olympians and athletes.
BBC’s Class Clips has ‘U is for Unsung Heroes’ which focuses largely on animals and specifically in WW1.
This page of Teacher Ideas from the Reading Rainbow series has some great ideas for the topic. “There are heroes all around us – doing ordinary things in extraordinary ways.” (Reading Rainbow)
Real-life heroes are often people that could also be invited into school to talk about their careers and lives.