In Pre-Prep the children have been learning about the importance of Black History Month. The children watched an assembly led by Mrs Sayer who shared the story of Ruby Bridges. This assembly was used as a starting point for the children to learn more about other influential black men and women in their classes.
The Reception children were like Mac and Mabel and worked together to create an amazing collage of Ruby Bridges.
Hattie M said “It was a surprise to see our pictures altogether to make Ruby.”

In Year 1 the children learnt about Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Maya Angelou. As a class they made artwork and then wrote sentences about what makes there chosen person a hero. The children watched a video about Rosa Parks and discussed how it made them feel.
William S said “It’s not fair, it makes me sad.”
Lizzy R said “I know Rosa Parks, she’s in the book mummy and daddy read to me.”
Lizzy was very excited to bring in the book to share the story of Mary Seacole. The children also chose stories to listen to from the books Young, Gifted and Black, Little Leaders Bold Women in Black History and Little Leaders Exceptional Men in Black history. One of the people that was chosen was Misty Copeland. She was the first African-American ballerina to become the principal ballerina for the American Ballet Theatre. The children enjoyed watching a clip of her dancing in the Nutcracker.
Florence T said “She’s beautiful!”

The Year 2 children were like Independent Ivy and conducted their own research at home. They have created a wonderful piece of informative artwork as all their work is woven together.
Daphne G said “I used my dad’s computer to find facts about Ray Charles and Rosa Parks too!”
Harriet C said “I learnt Jacob Lawrence was a painter and did a painting called Harriet!”
It has been wonderful to see the children respond to Black History Month with such enthusiasm.

This week, in the Prep school we held three assemblies introducing Black History Month. Mr Hoare has been speaking to all pupils in Year 3 to 8 about the origins of Black History Month and has led discussions in identifying significant black British figures from the past and present. Pupils showed particular interest in the recent activities of Markus Rashford MBE. During the assemblies and through extended work in lessons, pupils have then explored and investigated the impact that these influential and inspirational characters have had and are still having on our past, present and future. Year 7 and 8 have also looked at the Black American Civil Rights in the 20th Century and the Black Lives Matter movement.

This also gives us a unique and special opportunity to incorporate and explore Fundamental British Values. During the Year 7&8 assembly on Thursday the pupils were able to make poignant links between the concepts of mutual respect, democracy, rule of law, tolerance and individual liberty and Black History month.

We also launched our Black History Month Art Competition in conjunction with Langley Senior School.
Pupils are encouraged to:
Research and decide who their Black History Hero is. They can be British or from anywhere in the world. ​
They need to: ​
Explain who they are, where they came/come from, what difficulties they had to overcome, what difference they have made to others. Tell their story (one side of A4)​
Explain what makes them a hero in their eyes and why their story needs to be celebrated​
Include a photograph or drawing of them.

Submission deadline Thursday 5th November