Black History Month in Harlow schools

Lifestyle / Tue 27th Oct 2015 at 06:43pm

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PRIMARY schools within the Burnt Mill Co-operative Academy Trust marked the occasion with a range of different activities.

Freshwaters Primary Academy, in School Lane, welcomed group Efua Sey into school who taught all pupils a Ghanaian story about Anansi, Ghanaian chants and how to play the drums. Year 2 pupils also enjoyed a dance and drama workshop.

Head of school Marios Solomonides said: “It was lovely as one of our classes is called Anansi Spiders and Year 2 are learning about Ghana at the moment.

“It was wonderful for our pupils to have this experience. Watching them come in to assembly to the sound of the drums, moving to the music with smiles on their faces was a pure delight.

“It’s vital our pupils learn about the world around them and about the history of the different people who make up the world.”

Each year group at Little Parndon Primary School, in Park Mead, chose a historical black figure to study as part of the month, including Barack Obama, Usain Bolt and Louis Armstrong.

Pupils will record their findings and experiences in a new floor book in their class to demonstrate the learning they have been doing.

At Roydon Primary School, in Epping Road, Roydon, pupils celebrated their own diverse community with a Black History Month assembly.

Head of school Jenni Elliott said: “We want our children to understand that in many ways we are all similar, but we are also very different and that must be celebrated.

“Text books don’t fairly represent black history so this is an opportunity for us to celebrate all those wonderful historical figures who do exist.”

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