The theme for this year’s Black History Month is ‘Time for Change: Action not Words’. At Lauriston we will be learning and celebrating Black History and Culture right across the breadth of the curriculum with a focus on ensuring the learning and understanding takes place all year round and not just during the month of October. Please see below for a list of some of the activities, changes, celebrations which will be taking place:
- A ‘Working Party’ of parents and staff has been established to help promote Black History Month and further develop our inclusive and representative school curriculum. This group will meet again next week to continue this crucial dialogue between the school and the parent community. If you would like to join this working party, please simply contact the front office.
- This ‘Working Party’ will also meet later in Spring Term to help us reshape a future History unit of work within our curriculum to ensure Black History is represented across the school all year round
- Members of staff from Lauriston and across The Blossom Federation Schools will continue their training with ‘Classroom 13’:
- New books that more fully represent our school community have been purchased and will be added to our class book corners
- Black History Month was launched with a Whole School Assembly created and led by pupils and staff
- All year groups will have either a trip or a workshop linked to Black History Month
- Year groups will spend time learning about prominent black British people in fields such as Politics, Culture and Entertainment, Science & Medicine, Sport and Music – children will then swap classes and share their understanding and knowledge
- Parents will be invited in to support class assemblies either reading to the class or sharing their role in the community – please let the office know if you would like to do this!
- Singing Assemblies, Choir, Rock band and more will be devoted to supporting and performing work by black musicians and performers
- Our Big Draw Art Event will be focused on the work of black artists
- Daily videos on Twitter for children to share their opinions about Black History Month and role models
- Celebration school video will be made featuring a collection of all the learning and celebrations and shared during final week of the half-term
- Black History Month Community Celebration will take place on Friday 21st October – Please save the date! Parents will be invited to bring and share food, the playground will be filled with music and children performing. A further letter will go out about this soon
- Cultural Dress Day – Friday 21st October – an opportunity to celebrate cultures from around the world. Please come dressed in clothing that promotes your culture and traditions
Please do let the office know if you would be keen to either join our Parent / Staff Working Party or pop in to read to your child’s class and keep checking Twitter each day for more pupil views.
Why is Black History Month important to me?
Our pupils share their thoughts!