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Black History Month @ Marlborough

Tuesday 13th November 2018

Created by: Mr Michael Jefford

"This year was a special year for celebrating Black History in the UK as it was the 70th anniversary of Windrush. As one of the most diverse boroughs in London, we have a multicultural community at Marlborough and I'm glad we were able to deliver a great learning experience at our school where children recognised the contributions of the Windrush generation to British society." Mr Sterling - History Leader

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Marlborough Primary School was buzzing with excitement as all the children enjoyed a range of cross curriculum learning activities to celebrate Black History Month.

The school recognised black history and culture by focusing on the migration of the Windrush generation in fun and exciting lessons in history, English, art and design and geography.

On Monday 8th October 2018, Mr Sterling held an interactive assembly to introduce the topic where children learned the meaning of ‘migration’ by discovering some of the countries members of our own Marlborough community have emigrated from.  Countries include Jamaica, Japan, Nigeria, the Netherlands, Australia, Somalia, India, Trinidad, Thailand, Turkey and France to name a few.

During the assembly, the children also heard the legendary poem ‘Windrush Child’ by John Agard. It is about the workers who left their home in the Caribbean to live and work in Britain following the Second World War seeking to meet Britain's need for workers to fill labour requirements.  Many men had died during the war and the workforce was severely depleted. 

EYFS, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 also received a visit from author Michael De Souza, (BBC Rastamouse) who spent time in their classrooms reading his books and developing a love for literature and storybooks.

On Friday 12th October a second assembly was delivered by Dr Neil, chairman and founder of Reach Society, a social enterprise which inspires and mentors young people.  He explained that generations of Windrush migrants have succeeded in making Britain their home and have become an important part of British life.  He also discussed the value of growing up in a multi-racial society and how the principles of tolerance and respect are essential.  Information about the whole school writing competition was also shared at the assembly where children were invited to imagine they were a Windrush child and to submit a story or diary entry capturing the child’s wishes, hopes and fears.  A staggering amount of high quality pieces of writing was submitted.  Look out for the winners’ entries which will be announced and shared in the next newsletter!

Mr Sterling, History Leader, said: "This year was a special year for celebrating Black History in the UK as it was the 70th anniversary of Windrush. As one of the most diverse boroughs in London, we have a multicultural community at Marlborough and I'm glad we were able to deliver a great learning experience at our school where children recognised the contributions of the Windrush generation to British society."

Mr Sterling, History Leader, said: "This year was a special year for celebrating Black History in the UK as it was the 70th anniversary of Windrush. As one of the most diverse boroughs in London, we have a multicultural community at Marlborough and I'm glad we were able to deliver a great learning experience at our school where children recognised the contributions of the Windrush generation to British society."

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