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Black History

Across the UK, the month of October has become a celebration of Black History. Therefore we decided to make ‘Black History’ the theme for our Curriculum Day. Our children in Year 1 and Year 2 had a very busy and stimulating day as they spent time working with different teachers whilst learning about different famous people.


Our children had lots of fun being active whilst learning about different famous sporting celebrities. They had to dash around in groups to find names of famous sportsmen and women which were hidden around our playground and discovery area. Then they had to match them to their particular sport.


Also, our children were singing their hearts out as they learnt about Louis Armstrong. They learnt about his life and then learnt his song 'What A Wonderful World.' They then thought really carefully and drew pictures of things that are wonderful in our world. 


Moreover, our children read the story called Handa's Surprise, which tells the story of Handa, who's part of the Luo tribe in south-west Kenya. Handa decides to take seven pieces of fruit to her friend Akeyo, but some sneaky African animals take the fruit out of her basket. Our children enjoyed sequencing this classic story, then they tasted and described the seven different fruits. 


Finally, our children were truly inspired as they learnt about the inspirational Martin Luther King. Our children were captivated as they learnt about his life and the amazing difference he made to people's lives. They watched a short extract from his 'I have a dream' speech. They then made books about their own dreams for improving the world around them. We were really impressed and felt quite emotional as they read out their dreams. Some of their ideas included dreams to ensure that all people around the world have clean water to drink, making sure children no longer have to walk for miles everyday to collect dirty water to drink. More ideas were about cleaning up the beaches, putting rubbish in the bin, protecting animals, ensuring that all homeless people have somewhere warm and safe to live and making sure all children grow up in a safe and kind home. They came up with such powerful ideas. We really have such thoughtful and caring children at our special school.