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Black History Month at Kingsway Community Trust
BHM takes place every October to remember the significant achievements of black people from the past and present. In the UK, it has a BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) focus which means other ethnic groups as well as black. This is important because we live in a diverse society, which includes people from many different backgrounds. Our school is a fantastic example of diversity! Sadly, racism still exists today, so by celebrating Black History Month, we aim to promote BAME people in a positive light thus creating a greater understanding in our school community.
In school, as well as the year group BHM assembly, the other year groups did a BHM session, linked to their Autumn 1 topic.
Year 1: The Gruffalo - the story was also read to the children in both Arabic and Urdu!
Year 2: Africa - the children looked at some famous people from different African countries. South Africa - Nelson Mandela. Somalia - Mo Farah. Egypt - Mo Salah.
Year 3: The Romans - children not only heard about Septimius Severus, the Black Roman Emperor but also found out that there is evidence of black people living in York during the Roman times! One of these was nicknamed the Ivory Bangle Lady of York by historians due to the jewellery and artefacts found when her skeleton was discovered.
Year 4: The Industrial Revolution - Olaudah Equiano was an ex slave who campaigned to abolish slavery. The children also learnt the reason for the statue of Abraham Lincoln in Manchester. It is there to remember Lincoln's letter of thanks to Manchester mill workers for their sacrifice which helped him in his fight against slavery during the American civil war. They refused to use cotton picked by slaves in America despite losing work and facing poverty and starvation. The statue stands for Lincoln's gratitude to Manchester for their sacrifice for justice.
Year 5: War - The children looked at the diversity of the soldiers who fought for Britain during World War 1 and World War 2.
In World War 1, there were:
•Over 15,500 black soldiers (from the West Indies)
•1.3 million Indian soldiers:
- 100,000 Sikhs
- 400,000 Muslims
- 800,000 Hindus
During World War 2,2.5 million Indian soldiers volunteered. The children also learnt about the talented and brave British Spy sent to France, Noor Inayat Khan. Despite the rest of her team being captured early on and her superiors asking her to quit the dangerous operation and to come back home, Noor was determined to stay. Spies usually lasted for around 6 weeks, but she lasted three months before she was betrayed and captured. Even then, and under torture, she refused to give away any information and her last words before she was killed were 'Liberte' (freedom) A statue of her stands in London and the Royal Mail even released a stamp to commemorate her.
Year 6: BHM assembly. Civil Rights leaders, both past and present, were celebrated: Martin Luther King, Ruby Bridges, Rosa Parks, Gandhi, Malala Yousafzai and Colin Kaepernick.
Click here to take a look at the Assembly powerpoint for Green End!
At a Manchester Museum Teach Meet event in December 2016 we were invited to talk and share the links our Trust Schools have with schools in other countries.
During the event the British Council, who were there, presented us with a surprise award for outstanding international work for the whole Kingsway Community Trust.
The British Council said they had been following our work on our websites and were really impressed by our work as a Trust and felt that they had to acknowledge and celebrate this. This is a special recognition because they have never awarded an award to a Trust before!
Green End Primary holds an International school award from the British Council for all our work done on Global Citizenship.
As a trust, we contributed towards the book ‘Britain’s Black Olympians’ which was published to celebrate the Olympic games.
We have also carried out several international projects with schools in Spain, India, Egypt, Rwanda, Kenya and Nigeria through our VLE.
In partnership with CEIP Soledad Sainz, in Madrid, Spain, we were successful in winning the 2013 E-Twinning National Award, from the British Council, for the best whole school project in the country. We were chosen from hundreds of UK schools!
The Judges said “An exceptional demonstration of a school ‘s commitment to e Twinning! The school VLEs were absolutely packed with international links from Eco Warriors’ and Global Citizens’ work to year group and whole school projects! There are some lovely activities within these whole school projects which embrace the international dimension fully. PSHE, MFL and ICT are used for a real audience and purpose with obvious enjoyment and impact. This award is well deserved for everybody’s hard work!”
Our Year 2 children of Green End and Ladybarn, who studied the topic of inventors and inventions last year, have had their work published into a book by the Race Relations Education trust in Manchester!
Beautifully illustrated and full of interesting facts, the book truly is amazing. Did you know that Mary Anderson invented Windshield Wipers? Crisps were actually an accidental invention when a chef was asked to make a customers' order of chips really thin! The parachute was also accidentally invented in 852 when Abbas Ibn Firnas tried to fly!
Each child will receive a copy of the book, it will be a useful teacher resource and further copies are also available to read at both school entrances.
Thank you to all the children and staff involved in the project as well as the Race Relations Education Trust for showcasing our work.