In the UK, during the month of October, we celebrate the contribution of black people. It is a time to explore, highlight and praise the lives and stories of people who came to Britain in the 19th and 20th centuries and helped to lay the foundations of the diverse British communities that we have today.
At SMC we divided the month of October into four different categories, to enable us to look at a wide range of people. Our categories were:
1. Science and Medicine
2. Arts, Culture & Politics
Within these categories, each year group had the opportunity to look at a number of well known icons from the past as well as those alive today e.g.
Year R - Daniel Hale Williams , Laura Henry-Allain /Floella Benjamin & Nina Simone/ Andre Watts
Year 1 - Prof Kathleen Adebola Okikiolu, Margaret Busby & Joan Armatrading
Year 2 - Mary Seacole & other women from the book Great Women who Changed the World
Year 3 - Mae Jemison, Edmonia Lewis & The London Community Gospel Choir
Year 4 - Mary Seacole, Malorie Blackman & Dr Shirley Thompson
Year 5 - Katherine G. Johnson, Maya Angelou & Aretha Franklin
Year 6 - Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Benjamin Zephaniah, Diane Abbott, & Bob Marley
Whilst some of these icons are American, the children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about them.