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Black History Month was first celebrated in the United Kingdom in October 1987. While the United Kingdom commemorates the event in October, Canada and America celebrate the month in February.

Black History Month was established in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a historian who wanted to ensure that significant contributions made by African American men and women throughout history, would never be forgotten. 

As in previous years, Year 1 to Year 6 spent a day learning about Black History Month. Each year group was assigned two unique significant person linked to Black History and had to learn about their significance as well as how they compared to each other.

  • Year 1- Pioneers - focused on Mary Seacole and Mae C Jemison
  • Year 2- Entertainers - focused on Louis Armstrong and Oprah Winfrey
  • Year 3- Making a Stand - focused on Rosa Parks and Jesse Owens
  • Year 4- Authors - focused on Maya Angelou and Zora Neale Hurston
  • Year 5- Political Movements - focused on Dr Martin Luther King Jr and Barrack Obama
  • Year 6 - Anti-Slavery - focused on Olaudah Equiano and Harriet Tubman.

All classes took this opportunity to honour the too-often neglected accomplishments of these people. This was done through a range of lessons and activities. 

All of our efforts in commemorating Black History Month have been very successful and we hope Black History Month will be a permanent fixture on the Primary Calendar.