Guide for teachers featuring four activity ideas
Children will be scribbling at super speeds with these superhero activities KS2 ideas from Pie Corbett…
What will children learn?
- create new ideas
- write an imaginative set of instructions
- create a simple list poem
- write a non-chronological report
Superhero activities KS2
1: Play superhero games
Playing quick-fire language games at the start of a lesson will develop creativity and help children think of imaginative
words and ideas.
2: How to make a superhero
A recipe for making a superhero is a creative idea for practising writing instructions. Children will need to think about their superhero, what ingredients might be needed and how to construct their chosen wonder being. Use this model as a basis for their own writing.
3: Ode to supermum
In this poetry activity, children have to take someone they know and turn them into a superhero. They then make a list of all the amazing things that this person might be able to accomplish if they had superpowers. Use the included Pie Corbett poem as a model for children’s own writing.
4: Write a non-chronological report
We often ask children to write factual reports about animals. Use a similar approach to describing a superhero.
Use this as a simple framework for the children to gather their ideas. In pairs they can role-play a basic interview in which one of them plays an expert on superheroes and is explaining what this particular one is like.
Use Pie’s model text, included in the download, as a basis for the children’s own writing. Get them to work out what each paragraph is about. Use this as the writing frame.
|1||Who is it?||Definition|
|2||What does he/she look like?||Appearance|
|3||What powers?||Key information|
|5||Other interesting facts?||Extra information|
|6||Most amazing thing?||End|
Then read through and underline key words and phrases that they could use in their own writing. Show them how to plan by using the frame as a planner – jot down information about another superhero.
Then demonstrate through shared writing how to turn the plan into a written text. Aim this just above the level of most
More non-fiction resources
If you like this, try more from our Pie Corbett KS2 Non-fiction Collection.
Pie Corbett is an English educational trainer, writer, author and poet who has written over 200 books. He is also known for promoting creative approaches in the classroom. Pie has experience as a teacher, headteacher and Ofsted inspector. Follow him on Twitter at @PieCorbett.