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As we approached our annual black history month celebration we began to think about the inspirational people in black history and what they have contributed to society.
There have been many campaigners over the years that have been placed in prison, thrown off buses as they fought for their rights. These magnificent people have endured much suffering so that many can benefit from equal rights today.
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During the month of October, we have been celebrating our 5th year of Black History Month across the school. The children have been learning fascinating facts about inspirational black people from the past and those that contribute to our society today. The children’s learning has been enriched by visiting artists delivering a variety of workshops.
They have also participated in a song and dance workshop which focused on superstars such as the International Reggae singer Robert Nesta Marley.
The United States Congress has called her "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement". To bring this topic to life the children have been involved in African American music workshops and African drumming retelling the story of Martin Luther King’s struggle for equality for all people.
Year 3 teachers have chosen great Dr Martin Luther King as their area of study.
Our Year 4 pupils have been exploring the life of Ruby Bridges.
The children in Year 5 have been learning about the life of the brave Harriet Tubman. Harriet was an American abolitionist and political activist.
They have also explored the life of the famous American poet Maya Angelou's and artist Jean –Michel Basquiat, (‘Life Doesn’t Frighten Me!’)
Reception and Year 1 have been learning all about the importance of freedom through African Caribbean dance.
Year 2 children have focused their studies around the activist Rosa Parks. Rosa played a pivotal role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
They have been learning all about his leadership in the civil rights movement. Dr Martin Luther King is remembered for his non-violence protest. Graffiti artist Mark delivered a workshop around empowerment.
Ruby was the first black African American child to attend an all-white school (William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana) during the New Orleans school desegregation crisis in 1960. Clay artist, Victoria Houghton delivered a clay workshop based on unity.
Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made thirteen missions to rescue approximately seven hundred enslaved people, family and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. They have produced a variety of written and art work which includes their very own medals from Queen Victoria to Harriet. The year group felted a freedom blanket.
Year 6 pupils have been participating in equality for all and anti-racism workshops.
During the next half term the children from Year 6 will be visiting the Higgins Museum to learn about the Windrush generation and their contribution in helping Britain recover after WW2.
Please see our gallery of events below.
Campaigners are people who try and persuade others to change laws for the good of mankind. TV presenter Oprah Winfrey is also a campaigner who has campaigned for others to use their lives to help people around the world. She has opened up orphanages and rural schools in developing countries. She established her Leadership Academy raising the awareness of the importance of high standards of achievement for girls from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Across our school the children have been learning about famous people in the past and present. Below are some of the images from our enrichment activities that have been delivered by visiting artist.