On Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th October, The Manor School explored and celebrated Black History Month. The children learned about inspirational black people, both past and present, and readed and performed poetry written by black poets, focusing on Black History, black musicians and segregation.
We know that Black History is important for everyone and we will be continuing with exploring this during Term 2 and throughout the year.
To support the children with their understanding of their Phase poem, all of our classes learned about segregation and what this was like in the past. The use of videos, books and photos were shared with children to support their understanding and empathy. From here, teachers introduced Rosa Parks and Key Stage 2 learned about Martin Luther King Jr and how these two inspirational people changed the world!
The poem ‘The box of crayons that didn’t talk’ was shared and explored in Year 1-3, and Year 4-6 looked at ‘Go to the back Rosa Parks.’ Children spent time thought-tapping, discussing vocabulary and specific themes linked to their poem.
Everyone listened to music by Elmore James, discovering his history and 12 Bar Blues. Using this music, children wrote part of a song linked to their poem which explained and described the importance of Black History Month. Next term, this will be recorded and put together so each Phase has their own song.
The significance of Black History Month was discussed with the children and why and how everyone should be treated equally and respectfully, regardless of the colour of their skin.
Across the school, the children’s knowledge of Black History was recorded. This included photos, quotes and knowledge organisers. This allowed the children time to reflect on what they have learned.