History's HEROES?

Teachers' section

Curriculum links to PSHE

KS 2:

Knowledge, skills and understanding
 
Developing confidence and responsibility and making the most of their abilities
 
1. Pupils should be taught:
 a. to talk and write about their opinions, and explain their views, on issues that affect themselves and society
 
In considering heroes, this site offers pupils plenty of opportunities to talk and write about their opinions, and explain their views, on issues affecting society. See, for example, the following teaching ideas:

Who's your hero

Make a Speech

Discovery Box

Story Creator

Just how heroic?

Who's your hero?

Great campaigners

How many ways?

b. to recognise their worth as individuals by identifying positive things about themselves and their achievements, seeing their mistakes, making amends and setting personal goals

The section in this site entitled Heroes? provides plenty of role models. By reflecting on the life and achievements of these individuals from history, and seeing that they were not super-heroes and had their fair share of human failings, pupils will have the opportunity to recognise that they themselves, can achieve important things in their lives.

c. to face new challenges positively by collecting information, looking for help, making responsible choices, and taking action

None of the heroes listed in this site achieved anything without the help of others. Some of them (eg Thomas Buxton, Elizabeth Fry) owed their achievements in large measure to diligent fact-finding. These role models underscore the importance of working with people and information-gathering.


Preparing to play an active role as citizens
 
2. Pupils should be taught:
a. to research, discuss and debate topical issues, problems and events
e. to reflect on spiritual, moral, social, and cultural issues, using imagination to understand other people's experiences
g. what democracy is, and about the basic institutions that support it locally and nationally
h. to recognise the role of voluntary, community and pressure groups
k. to explore how the media present information.

This site offers important opportunities for pupils to research, discuss and debate topical issues and events. It will also encourage them to reflect on spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues. See especially the Teaching ideas:

Just how heroic?

Who's your hero?

With some of the heroes championing democracy and human rights (Cromwell, Paine), or using the democratic process to bring about greater social justice (Fry, Buxton), there are also opportunity for pupils to think about democracy.

Hero or villain?

Just how heroic

Great campaigners

KS 3:

2.1 Critical reflection

Key processes
 
Pupils should be able to:
a. reflect critically on their own and others' values

We choose our heroes on the basis of our own values, so the Teaching idea Who's your hero? is highly relevant here, as is the idea Just how heroic?

2.3.Developing relationships and working with others

Pupils should be able to:
c. use the social skills of communication, negotiation, assertiveness and collaboration

The curriculum should provide opportunities for pupils to:
d. take part in individual and group discussion to consider personal, social and moral dilemmas and the choices and decisions relating to them
e. work as members of groups and teams....

The Teaching ideas provide good opportunities for group work, in which skills of communication, negotiation, assertiveness and collaboration can be practised; for example in Picture Teller.


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