Black History Month
Black History Month gives us the opportunity to share, celebrate and understand the impact of black heritage and culture.
People from African and Caribbean backgrounds have been a fundamental part of British history for centuries. Black History Month gives us the opportunity to share, celebrate and understand the impact of black heritage and culture.
Before half term, children across the school participated in activities to mark Black History month. Here are just a few examples of the work the children were involved in.
Pine children watched Cbeebies Black History Heroes and discussed the experiences of Rosa Parks, thinking about Fairness, equality and Kindness.
The children then listened to a story about Nelson Mandela, how he was a tireless advocate for peace and his advice ‘It always feels impossible till it is done.’ We then thought of things we found difficult, why and how we overcame them.
Year One read the book ‘Amazing Grace’ and talked about how key figures in the black community have helped to shape our mutli-cultural history.
We learned about Martin Luther King, and what he did to fight against inequality.
We also talked about our own dreams, and we created a piece of work to show this.
Year Two looked at why it is important that we treat everyone equally.
The children explored different Cbeebies’s ‘Black History Heroes’ seeing why they inspired the different Cbeebies presenters.
The children then looked at how people have strived throughout history to ensure everyone is treated equally.
The children then thought about how they can ensure everyone is treated equally, creating their own placards with messages about equality and inclusion.
In Year Three they watched a special Newround episode and discussed what Black History Month was all about and why it was so important.
The children then thought about different influential black people they knew of and were introduced to some new people too. These included sports personalities, politicians, musicians, poets and authors.
They then had an opportunity to choose one of these people to research, creating a fact file and focusing on why they were/are significant today.
Year 4 looked at why black history is celebrated. The children looked at beautiful, symbolic African patterns and coloured the patterns in unique colours, as well as creating one of their own.
They also learned about two famous black artists - Alma Thomas (right) and Jacob Lawrence, trying out their styles.
The children have also focused on influential black sportsmen and women who have been not only successful in their sport but who have been instrumental in supporting worthwhile causes and establishing charities.