Awareness Days
Black History Month

A set of imaginative and creative curriculum activities explore achievements by black Britons and other people of the African diaspora to celebrate Black History Month in October.

Session 1 News Reports

Objectives

History

  • The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.
  • Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

English

  • Speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English.
  • Participate in presentations; to gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener(s).

Teaching and Activities

In pairs, children select someone to study for Black History Month. After making a portrait of their black VIP for display, the children present reports about her/him throughout the month.

Children will:

  • Research using resources, non-fiction books, newspapers, on-line sources.
  • Present their research to their peers in spoken and written form.

You Will Need

  • Photo booth frame, either bought, borrowed or made
  • Toy microphones
  • Card for caption, title, speech bubble
  • Felt tip pens
  • Children’s notes from research maybe as homework
  • Film recording equipment

Session 2 Make a Statue

Objectives

History

  • Discover the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.

Art and Design

  • Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.

Teaching and Activities

After learning about a statue honoring Crimean War heroine Mary Seacole, children design a statue for their own VIP.

Children will:

  • Reflect on the achievements/personality/to design a suitable statue in honour of their VIP.
  • Create the statue/sculpture
  • Articulate the significance of their completed art work.

You Will Need

  • Music for ‘Musical Statues’
  • Materials for making statues: foil, pipe cleaners, air drying clay, playdough
  • Folded card to write plaque describing finished art work

Session 3 Our Mini Olympics

Objectives

PE

  • Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities.
  • Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.

Teaching and Activities

Consider Mo Farah and Nicola Adams as Olympians, and learn about other black sportspeople. Organise a mini Olympic Games of your own.

Children will:

  • Celebrate black sports people including Olympians.
  • Join in discussion about the Olympic Games and make decisions as to how to hold a Mini Olympics within the class/school.
  • Help to organise the Mini Olympics and participate in the physical activities.

You Will Need

  • Gold medals
  • PE equipment: beans bags, balls, skipping ropes, hoops, markers, and other equipment to resource suggestions from childrenn, e.g. rounders, cricket, football, hockey, tag rugby
  • Measuring equipment: metre rules, tape measures, measuring wheel; Recording equipment: clip boards and pens