Black History Month
At Dairy Meadow we are proud to be constantly thinking about how we deliver the curriculum to our children. We realise that Black History Month is much more than a time to reflect on visibility, culture and traumatic events. We appreciate that Black History should not be confined to a single month but is an opportunity to show mutual respect between nations and races as well as starting point to a broader perspective on race relations.
We want all of out children to have an understanding that Blackness does align with achievement and intellectual advancement as well as the realization that Black history does not always equate to inequality and oppression.
Consequently please find below some images and information that our children have been investigating so far this year.
Our Nursery children explored a beloved figure of Ghanaian folklore, Anansi. Anansi is a spider god and a charming trickster who triumphs over larger and more powerful adversaries by using his wits alone. To read the story, click here.
Our Reception children were inspired by the stand Rosa Parks made on the Montgomery bus boycott that earned her the title of 'the first lady of civil rights'. More information can be found here.
Year 1 took inspiration from the 20th century American expressionist painter Alma Thomas to create artwork in her own inimitable style. To see some of Alma's images, please click here.
Our historians in Year 2 took great pride in exploring Queen Nefertiti. Nefertiti, whose name means "a beautiful woman has come," was the queen of Egypt and wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten during the 14th century B.C. For further information, click here.
Our anthropologists in Year 3 looked at an entire kingdom when they explored civilisation in Kush, modern day Sudan. The kingdom rivalled and at times overtook Egypt. This first Kushite kingdom traded in ivory, gold, bronze, ebony and slaves with neighbouring states. If you would like to find out more, click here.
Year 4 were captivated by the story of Sargon the Great. He was was the king of the Akkadian Empire, the first multi-national empire in history, who united the Sumerian kingdoms under a central authority. To find out more, click here.
Year 5 were inspired by Mr McInnes homeland of Australia to explore the effect white settlers had on the indigenous Aboriginal culture. To find out about how the Aborigines thought the world came into being, click here.
Year 6 explored a range of famous black individuals whom most people have never heard of. They reflected on how proud thy were to be part of a multi cultural society and how the people studied had influenced their own lives.