We have had a busy week celebrating Black and Asian History week in school. The children have participated in many activities to learn about the positive contributions that black and Asian people have made to world history. In our singing assembly we talked about the Jamaican musician, Bob Marley and sang Three Little Birds.
In Year 3, we were very fortunate to have two parents come to school – one told a traditional Vietnamese story and another shared what her culture was like. We really enjoyed the story and were even shown photos of the legendary statue that stands in Vietnam temple today, as well as pictures of the turtles, that we learned are very precious to the Vietnam people. As we have been learning about different continents of the world we discussed the location of the two different countries and their climate.
In our English lesson we read facts about Mo Farah and we were able to choose the type of questions we wanted to answer. In our P.S.H.E lesson we read about the life of Mo Farah and his twin brother Hassan. Very few of us knew that Mo has a twin brother, nor did we know he stayed behind in Somalia because their father could only take one of them to England. We discussed the feelings Hassan had and we used this to write a heartfelt letter to Mo.
Year 4 learnt about Martin Luther King. He gave a famous speech saying that he had a dream of a world where people respected each other. We made our own Dream speeches explaining what our hopes for the world are.
Year 5 looked at a selection of Black and Asian traditional Tales during Black and Asian History week and spent time comparing them.
We also compared how Mary Seacole, of Black origin, was treated as a nurse in the Crimean war compare to Florence Nightingale. The classes enjoyed the work and wrote fact files about both nurses.
In our dance lessons we listened to and watched some traditional African dances from Botswana and a more modern version of the Samba from Strictly Come Dancing. We talked about the similarities and differences of these two dances and where this type of music comes from. Then we created our own African dances.
We also had Ethan’s mum come and do a talk about her Basque Spanish heritage. She showed us pictures of Spain and some of the festivals the Basque people celebrate – including one called La Tomatina where they have a giant food fight with tomatoes!
Aamir-John’s mum spoke to 6K about het cultural heritage and one of the main festivals celebrated in Mexico: Day of the dead. We were very lucky to taste a traditional drink as well.
In addition, Sophia’s mum spoke to us about Sophia’s cultural heritage, it was very interesting.
We were also very lucky to have some other parents come in and talk about their culture with us and we would like to thank you all for your support.