Primary celebrates Black History Month

Tuesday 02 November 2021

This month at Ark Academy we have been busy celebrating Black History Month. This month is an important opportunity to learn about the contributions and achievements of influential Black people, as well as key events in Black history. Throughout the month we have had lots of exciting activities to help us learn about Black History.


Black History Drop Down Day

On the 15th October each class devoted a day to learning about an influential Black British icon. Throughout the day we completed different activities to do with our chosen person.

  • Year 1 learnt about Marcus Rashford and the work he has done to get free school meals for children in need.
  • Year 2 learnt about Tessa Sanderson and created factfiles about her life.
  • Year 3 learnt about Malorie Blackman
  • Year 4 created raps in the style of Stormzy.
  • Year 5 wrote letters in the role of Floella Benjamin
  • Year 6 even had a personal video message from Diane Abbott! In the afternoon each class produced portraits of their chosen person in the style of different famous Black artists.


Faces and Places

Classes explored the Faces and Places resource box from the National Portrait Gallery to learn about influential Black people who have their roots in Brent. We learnt about Zadie Smith, Lennie Henry, Janet Kay and Ian Wright and Mary Seacole and incredible work they did.  


Black History Poetry Workshop

Year 5 and 6 had a Black History Poetry workshop with published poet, Violet Lake. They learnt about the Civil Rights Movement and composed and performed their own poems about equality.
Chloe (Year 5): "I enjoyed reading the poems with great meaning behind them. It helped us understand the history of racism and slavery"


African Storytelling Workshop

The whole school participated in an online African story session by award winning storyteller and musician Usifu Jalloh. We loved joining in with the drumming and singing!