You’ve heard of Superman, Spiderman and, of course, Batman. Well now get ready for the terrible tale of Pantsman – a superhero who gets too big for his boots, and needs to learn about justice, fairness and respect.

The Superheroes and Justice Play in a Day has been specially designed to teach children the importance of following the rules, being kind and fair and treating all people with respect – and it uses both recognisable and new superheroes to deliver the message in a fun and exciting way.

Across a full school day one class of children from Key Stage 1 or lower key stage 2 explore the concept of justice and consider what happens when people don’t play by the rules. Pantsman’s punishment for his terrible crimes is, ultimately, decided by the class allowing them to put into practice what they have learnt during the day.

The structure of a Play in a Day:

– We start with warm ups and ‘getting to know you’ activities
– Then we move on to exploring the topic, through games and activities.
– We begin work on the play – the class include their own ideas and opinions and develop scenes, songs, poems and raps to go into the performance. Children are not given scripts, lines are delivered aurally and remembered through action & repetition – this makes the Play in a Day format totally accessible and inclusive.
– We reinforce learning and understanding throughout the day through questioning, break out activities and plenary games.
– Children are given costume and props and we integrate music during the day too!
– Around 2:30pm your invited audience arrive – this can be another class, the rest of the school and/or parents.
– The performance takes place – children put everything they’ve learnt into practice.
– Following wild applause, children are presented with a certificate and your class teacher gets a lovely resource pack of follow up activities to do in class.

Key focus area of Superheroes and Justice Play in a Day

– The difference between right and wrong.
– What the term justice means.
– The importance of following the rules and the law.
– The fact that laws apply to everyone – even superheroes.
– Stock characteristics of superheroes from cartoons and comics.
– Consideration and respect for others.