Focus for the week – Black Lives Matter

At Heathbrook our Community Curriculum proudly teaches our pupils about history, our places in the world and how to use our voices for good. Our community stands together against racism and any forms of injustice. As with other movements for change, young people’s passion and energy will play a key role. We have already seen this recently with Greta Thunberg and the climate change issue. This can give us all hope. In the meantime, we understand that many of you will be finding things challenging.

Not surprisingly the subject has been an important topic of conversation for the Year 5s and Year 6s who have already returned to school during the past couple of weeks. Follow the links to see their responses so far to this issue.

Here are some ideas for exploring the topic of Black Lives Matter at home:

  • As mentioned in a recent Newsletter, videos and podcasts are good ways to generate informed conversations with your child
  • This Parent’s Guide to Black Lives Matter is recommended by Lambeth advisors
  • There is lots in the news about Windrush Day, which is this week; have a look at the Lambeth website , explore the Windrush Day website for a range of content; some of the groups in school will be joining in with a singing activity
  • Older pupils will love the National Theatre’s free screening of their highly-acclaimed production of Small Island (available until 7pm on Thursday 25th June)
  • Everyone can enjoy a stunning range of e-books celebrating diversity, different cultures, civil rights and wellbeing via this beautiful online library
  • We have also recently learned that Olive Morris attended Heathbrook as a pupil; it would be great if children could carry out their own research into Olive’s life and what it means for us today.

Further ideas gathered for the week beginning Monday 29th June:

  • 16 years ago, Patrick Vernon OBE launched the first 100 Great Black Britons campaign to ensure the continued legacy and achievements of Black people in Britain; in 2019 Patrick launched a new campaign with the results being published later this year. The website provides a fantastic variety of resources for home learning at all ages
  • CBBC are showing Coming to England, a story of a Windrush generation girl who came to Britain in 1960 from the Caribbean
  • On BBC iPlayer you will find Back in Time for Brixton, a documentary following a family who give up their modern lives for one summer to experience what life was like for Caribbeans who immigrated to Britain in the postwar period (which also includes Windrush arrivals being offered World War II air raid shelters under Clapham Common to stay in @6:30, a major reason for why there is still such a large Afro-caribbean community in this area today)
  • 500 Words is the world’s largest story-writing competition for children; this week (until Friday 3rd) they want children’s voices to respond to the themes and issues emerging from the Black Lives Matter movement in the form of a story
  • If you are looking to do more Olive Morris research, you may find the Remembering Olive Collective website helpful.