Key Stage 1:
Key Stage 1 children found out that Black History Month is important because it is a time when we learn about Black British people, who are not represented as much as white people in books, films and television. They then focused on Black British Arts and Culture. Year 1 children and teachers had a great time listening, dancing and responding to reggae music. Year 2 children listened to poetry by Benjamin Zephaniah and wrote their own poems inspired by his poem, I Love My Mother. They particularly enjoyed listening to his poem, Talking Turkeys.
Lower Key Stage 2:
Children in year 3 and 4 focused on ‘Black History Heroes’ and celebrated the contribution of black Britons to society, art and culture. Finding out about inspiring role models helped the children to understand the discrimination that significant black figures experienced and how they overcame it to be successful in their field.
Upper Key Stage 2:
Children in Years 5 and 6 are more experienced historians and were ready to be challenged with some deeper learning about Black British history! They found out about how modern Britain has been shaped by black culture since the end of the Second World War.