Celebrating Black History Month.
In topic this term Year 2 have been celebrating Black History month. To begin our learning we explored why we celebrate Black History month and why this is important. We learnt that during Black History Month we celebrate the achievements, history, contributions and culture of black people in the UK.
Firstly, we used an image as a stimulus to explore the meaning of the word segregation and used ambitious vocabulary to describe both how the picture made us feel and how the person in the picture might have felt. We used freeze frames to further explore how it feels to be segregated due to something that is out of our control such as our skin colour.
"The man in the picture might feel down hearted, frustrated, excluded, indignant, discombobulated and isolated."
How does this picture make you feel?
We then explored the influence of two important figures in Black History; Olaudah Equiano and Malorie Blackman. We discussed why they are important and took a quiz to check our learning.We then became artists and created our own portraits of Olaudah and Malorie. Kingfishers created their own individual portraits experimenting with how using different pencil stokes can portray different emotions in their drawing. Nightingales worked as a team to create two huge portraits experimenting with how they could use dot painting to create their finished portraits. All the children were extremely proud of their creations.
"I drew Olaudah Equiano. He was a slave. Olaudah was important because he fought for the salves rights and worked hard to get rid of slavery in the UK."
"I have drawn Malorie Blackman. She is a famous children's author. Her books are important because they all have a black character in them. She has won lots of awards for her books and even got an OBE from the Queen."
What did you enjoy about creating your portrait?
This week, to showcase our learning, Year 2 took part in the cultural showcase. We stood up in front of the whole school to share how we have been celebrating Black History month in our classes. Both Kingfishers and Nightingales held up their portraits proudly for the school community to see. Kingfishers then decided to sing "Rise Up" to represent how they felt about segregation and what they could do to rise against it, whilst Nightingales sung "Lean On Me" to represent their experience of teamwork when creating their portraits. Everybody was incredibly impressed with our fantastic learning and we are excited to see what next term has in store.
What was your favourite memory from the cultural showcase?