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Another end of year celebration was held to mark the Black Children’s Achievement Programme on the 4th July.
Pupils from year 3 presented their findings on famous people in black history from the past. A special tribute to Muhammed Ali and Jesse Owens the first black Olympian was part of the bill board. Another group informed the audience about the importance of the Adinkra symbols.
The children from year 4 put on an outstanding performance based on the musical Motown. The children learnt the history of Motown and how some of the artist struggled to make a living!
The refreshments were prepared by Mrs Brown on the day. The children and parents had a wonderful time celebrating their children’s successes.
Below are some photographs of the day’s celebration.
Mrs T Wilson
Why is the Black Children’s Achievement Programme (BCAP) being delivered at Goldington Green Academy?
Back in 1996 Ofsted revealed that schools were consistently failing children from some of the ethnic minority groups.
In 2003 the DFE launched its strategy for ethnic minority pupil achievement, “Aiming High”.
This programme was devised to work with school leaders to develop a whole school approach to enable every child to fulfil their potential.
Fact - a high percentage of children from African and Caribbean heritage are deemed to be underachieving against their potential by the age of 16.
At GGA every child is expected and encouraged to achieve their full potential by all staff. We have a strong ethos of respect and a culture of mutual respect where pupils are able to have their voices heard. We encourage parents and the wider community to play a full part in the development of our school.
Celebrating cultural diversity is embedded within our curriculum and school life. Celebrations of different cultural events are celebrated through-out the year. We provide lots of opportunities for enrichment. We encourage all children to “Aim High”.
Below are some images of the children from year 3 that have been involved in the Aiming High project. They have been learning about famous black people from the past and present. Incorporated into the sessions are exploring our own identity. This is always a winner with the children as they get an opportunity to work with their families to research their heritage.
Last year the children presented a memorable production on the history of Motown. On the 3rd July Goldington Green Academy will be celebrating in style another successful year of the Black Children’s Achievement Programme. Children from years 3 and 4 will be presenting the history of jazz through song, dance and drama. We hope that all parents and family members of those children involved will be able to join us for this fantastic occasion.
Mrs T Wilson
The Windrush set sail from (Kingston Harbour -24th May 1948) the Empire Windrush set sail to Tilbury Docks in Essex. It took almost 1 month before it arrived in the UK. The fare was just over £28 for a one way ticket. People from the West Indies at this time only earned between £3- £6 per week.
If it hadn't been for the Second World War, the Windrush and her passengers might not have made the voyage at all. During the war, thousands of Caribbean men and women had been recruited to serve in the armed forces.
On the 16th July, the children from years 4 and 5 re-enacted the story of the Windrush generation. They participated in several workshops over the summer term where they explored the history of the Windrush. They had an opportunity to work with Artistic Directors Toke and Aga to prepare their performance to the school and parents. The occasion was very successful, everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Below are some of the photographs from the event.
Over the last few weeks we have been meeting with some of our Year 6 BCAP parents. Sarah from EqualiTeach led the sessions and shared the work that she carries out with our pupils in Key Stage 2. We discussed how to talk to young people about race equality and racism.
The workshops provided parents and carers with the opportunity to:
Be equipped with starting points for talking about ethnicity and culture with young people.
Have a go at some of the activities that the young people have undertaken.
See some of the resources that can be used to talk about issues at home.
Mr Muchupuki presented on ways to support children with these issues and the importance of educating their children about their families’ culture, traditions and history. He also spoke about exploring other history to widen the children’s knowledge of the world they live in.
All parents spoke freely about their view on these matters and participated in several activities which were a lot of fun!
The school purchased several editions of books about famous people from the past and present. This is a new book loan scheme for parents to borrow books and DVDs to share with their children at home. If you are interested in looking at some of the books on offer please do not hesitate to contact me.
The meetings were a great success and we would like to thank all of our parents who attended.
Please view our gallery of photographs from the meetings.
Did you know?
Hip hop as both a musical genre and a culture was formed during the 1970s when block parties became increasingly popular in New York City, particularly among African-American and Latino American youth residing in the Bronx.
Femi Lewis is a writer of history and a literature teacher who specializes in African-American history. DJ Kool Herc is credited with throwing the first hip hop party in 1973 in the Bronx. It consists of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted. It developed as part of hip hop culture, a subculture defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching with turntables, break dancing, and graffiti writing.
Over the last 4 weeks the children of years 5 and 6 have been learning about the history of Hop-Hip and Rap through the pupil voice and their production workshops.
They have worked with artist Toke Lettmen who is an African Caribbean dancer, choreographer and Artist Director and Rob Bradley who is an international poetic rapper, storyteller and songwriter. He has performed around the world, from clubs in New York to festivals throughout Europe.
The children gave an outstanding performance to their friends and family members, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.