Black History Month: October 2016

Black History Month is almost upon us! October is an important month in our school as it is a time when we celebrate the achievements of black figures in our local community and further afield.

Our school lunch team will kick start this exciting time on Monday 3rd October with the launch of their Black History Month menu. The children will get the opportunity to sample some delightful dishes, which have been inspired by black cultures and traditions worldwide!

Following on from this, we welcome Freshwater Theatre Company to our school next Tuesday 4th October. Freshwater Theatre is a well-established theatre-in-education company that delivers a range of exciting and engaging learning experiences through drama.

The visit will include a combination of storytelling and interactive drama to explore and witness the actions of people from black history. In Key Stage 1, the children will meet motivational figures such as Walter Tull, who was a famous footballer and also fought in WW1, and Baroness Scotland, a British barrister and jurist. In Key Stage 2, the excitement will continue with the addition of Elijah J McCoy, a Canadian inventor/engineer (where the phrase ‘the real McCoy’ comes from!), and Dr Mo Ibrahim, who introduced mobile phone network to Africa. Both shows will ensure that the children all get the chance to learn from a range of well-known (and not so well-known!) role models. Teachers will be following up on the performance in class with some special activities to celebrate Black History Month.

The cost of the production is at £2 per child or £1 for those children registered as Pupil Premium. Please enclose this amount in a clearly labelled, sealed envelope with your child’s name, class and the name of the event. This must be handed to your child’s class teacher by Friday 30th September.

Finally, this term four theme for our Family Learning Project  will be ‘celebrating  successful black role models in our families and communities’  –  Click on the link below for more information.

There will be an opportunity for parents to come and explore the Black History Month projects at an exhibition on Tuesday 22nd November and Wednesday 23rd November. Come and learn about the local black heroes and role models that the children have chosen to research!

Family Learning Project – Black History Month 2016

Kind regards,

Miss Douch
Humanities coordinator