October marks Black History Month in the UK. The event was officially recognised by the US government in 1976, and first celebrated in the UK in 1987.
Why is Black History Month necessary?
People from African and Caribbean backgrounds have been a fundamental part of British history for centuries. However, campaigners believe their value and contribution to society is often overlooked, ignored or distorted.
Black History Month gives everyone the opportunity to share, celebrate and understand the impact of black heritage and culture.
To mark Black History Month, we have a number of events planned for next week – both reception classes will be having a visit from a professional storyteller who will be telling them the story of Handa’s Surprise. All other classes will be watching Bigfoot Education’s specially made interactive films focusing on different aspects of Black History in the UK – KS1 will watch Africa – My Story, Y3/4 will watch Come an’ See Anansi and Y5/6 All Aboard the Empire Windrush.
Click below to watch the trailers for each film: