Black History Month
Throughout the month of October, we have focused on learning about Black History through our assemblies, PSHE lessons and other areas of the curriculum. Whole school assemblies (via Zoom or shared as presentations) have focused on a variety of inspirational black people from different walks of life such as athletes, scientists and authors. Children have also enjoyed books such as ‘Freedom in Congo Square’ by Carole Boston Weatherford and ‘Mixed’ by Arree Chung in our reading assemblies.
In classes, teachers have chosen to promote Black History Month in different ways according to the ages of the children and other areas of curriculum learning.
Years 5 and 6
Our oldest children in Years 5 and 6 have used whole class reading lessons as an opportunity to read and discuss a variety of texts with a link to Black History such as ‘Caged Bird’ by Maya Angelou, the lyrics of the song ‘Change is Gonna Come’ by Sam Cooke and a text about the life of Rosa Parks. They have also had class discussions prompted by assemblies and class lessons where the children have learned about discrimination and injustice as well as being inspired by the contributions to our lives made by black people in history. A significant outcome of these discussions is that the children have reflected that our ‘houses’ in school are all named after white scientists and they have proposed we change this to better reflect our diverse society.
Years 3 and 4
In Years 3 and 4, the children have learned about a number of black people from history and also from the modern day. Teachers used video resources as well as different texts to enable the children to find out about Rosa Parks. The children were shocked to find out how black people were treated in the past and outraged by the society lived in by Rosa Parks. They created mindmaps of information about her life and also spent time finding out about the lives of other black people. They also developed their drawing skills by creating portraits of inspirational black people.
Years 1 and 2
In Key Stage One, children enjoyed watching a Horrible Histories video clip that talked about a number of black people and the bravery they showed. This linked to our PSHE theme at the time of ‘Be Bold, Be Brave’ and children were able to make links between the bravery shown by people on the video and times they had been brave in their own lives. They also talked about the stories and people represented in assemblies, enabling children to share their own thoughts and comment on the experiences of others.