Black History Month
Black History Month was created to recognise the contributions that people of African and Caribbean backgrounds have made to the UK through history. It now focuses more broadly on black people in general and is an opportunity for schools to think about how that can teach black history and culture, not just in October, but all year round. For guidance and inspiration this October and beyond try the following:
- Black History Month resource pack 2020
- BBC Black History Month teacher resources. Use this range of accessible resources including Horrible History sketches
- The Black Curriculum. A social enterprise that promotes the importance of black British history in education. Free KS2 resources are available.
Creating a diverse book collection
There is an increasing number of titles being published that feature BAME characters or are written by BAME authors. Review your resources and ensure that your book corners and school library include a diverse range of titles and that all children can see themselves represented in a book. Use the following suggestions to get you started:
Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan by Sufiya Ahmed.
Based on the true story of British-Indian World War Two heroine, Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan. Could be used as part of a World War 2 topic.
Marie Curious, girl genius saves the world by Chris Edison.
An appealing read with a strong female protagonist, robots, gadgets and intrigue.
Superhero Gran by Timothy Knapman.
A humorous rhyming picture book about two children who list all the reasons why their gran is a superhero.
Incredible Rescue Mission (Planet Omar) by Zanib Mian.
Funny story which will appeal to Wimpy Kid fans.
Ghost by Jason Reynolds.
Featured on the Empathy Lab 2020 Primary List and UKLA Book Awards Longlist 2020. A boy from a rough background is given a chance to turn his life around when the Run Club coach recognises his talent for running.
High Rise Mystery by Sharna Jackson.
Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2020, Best Book for Younger Readers, this is an engaging crime-solving story suitable for upper KS2 readers.
Mira’s curly hair by Maryam Al Serkal.
A little girl wishes her curly hair was as straight as her mother’s until she discovers that her mother’s hair is just as curly when they get caught in the rain. A colourful picture book is perfect to start discussions.