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Black History Month 2019

During PSHE lessons in October, children have been looking at a variety of figures and events important to black history. Keep checking back to see what else we have found out!

Year 1 China class have been learning the song, ‘If I Had a Hammer’ which was adopted by the black civil rights movement in 1963 during the rally held by Martin Luther King Jr. It was during this event that he delivered his ‘I had a dream’ speech. 

Year 1 Hawaii Class have been learning 'Three Little Birds' by Bob Marley.


In Year 2, Japan and Nigeria classes have been finding out about Mary Seacole and her important pioneering work during the Crimean War. Take a look at what they found out by clicking here.

Year 3 America have been learning about Septimius Severus, the first black emperor of Rome who lived in York during his reign.

Year 4 Russia have been learning about Rosa Parks. Click here to see what they have found out.

Year 5 Vietnam have been studying Benjamin Banneker, a free African-American almanac author and inventor in the 19th Century, who created a wooden clock. The children have been collecting facts from a video about the life of Benjamin Banneker and here is the link! They have also been exploring the work of Maya Angelou in order to perform an edited version of 'Still I Rise'.

Year 5 Australia have been looking at Eddie Mabo, who brought an end to a two-centuries-old lie. For two hundred years, the British and then white Australians operated under a fallacy, that somehow Aboriginal people did not exist or have land rights before the first settlers arrived in 1788. Check out what they discovered by clicking here.

Year 6 Jamaica have been exploring the legacy of the Windrush generation. Click here to see what they have found out. You can also take a look at some of the resources the children have used by clicking here. The children have been writing their own poetry - click here to see the amazing effort by Violet, Maja and Sonja.

Year 6 Madagascar have been looking at John Blanke, a black trumpeter in the court of Henry VII and VIII, who heralded the birth of Henry VIII's son, Edward. You can see what they have found out by clicking here. You can also take a look at the resources they have used to find out about black influence during the Tudor era by clicking this link.