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History - Black History Month

October is Black History Month in the UK, an event that has been celebrated nationwide for more than 30 years. The month was originally founded to recognise the contributions that people of African and Caribbean backgrounds have made to the UK over many generations. Now, Black History Month has expanded to include the history of not just African and Caribbean people but black people in general.

In Year 5, we celebrated the achievements of many famous people such as Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. We spent some time using a range of sources to find out about their successes and shared these with our peers. We've also been playing a loop card game which we've used to become more familiar with other famous black people such as Trevor Mcdonald (who in 1999 received a knighthood from the Queen for his work related to journaslism). 

Our discussions this month include asking ourselves questions such as:

Why do you think that Black British history is less well-known than the history of white British people?

Why do you think events like Black History Month and the Notting Hill Carnival are important?

 

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