Black History Month – October 2017
During the month of October, West Minster celebrated Black History Month. Classes throughout the school spent time learning about important historical events as well as celebrating modern achievements too. The children spent time discussing their opinions on what happened and how we can ensure a more peaceful society today.
Some classes read books that featured black characters, such as the nursery, who read Handa’s Surprise. Other year groups featured black poets in to their literacy lessons – year 4 spent time enjoying poems by Benjamin Zephania.
Year 1 spent time looking at the book, “The Skin You Live in” and spent time discussing their thoughts on it.
The children said, “It doesn’t matter what colour your skin is, we shouldn’t be mean.”
Year 3 spent time discussing Martin Luther King and his famous, “I have a dream!” speech as well as finding out about famous black inventors.
Year 5 celebrated the success of modern black athletes such as Mo Farrah and Jessica Ennis-Hill and held their own sports day!
Our older children spent time finding out about Rosa Parks and writing play scripts about what happened to her in America. They also did research about inventors and made their own civil rights speeches.