Black History Month has been marked in the UK for more than 30 years. It takes place during the month of October.
It happens because so often in the past, the contributions made by black people to the community were ignored or played down because black people weren’t treated the same way as other people because of the colour of their skin.
Black History Month aims to address this unfairness, by celebrating the achievements and contributions of the black community over the years.
At St Michael’s we make sure that we weave black history into our curriculum. Reception learn about Mary Seacole as part of the theme of people who help me. In the Autumn Term of Year 1 the topic is Britain and therefore they study Evelyn Dove as an inspirational person who is known as a British singer and actress born in 1902. Year 2 the children learn about Martin Luther King when they learn about America, Year 3 learn about Cathy Freeman as part of the Australia topic, Y4 learn about Ghandi as part of the Asia topic, Year 5 learn about Nelson Mandela as part of the Africa topic and Year 6 learn about Walter Tull, who was a footballer and the first black officer to lead British Soldiers in World War I.