This week we have had a whole-school 'Diversity' week to link with Black History month. In year 1 we learnt about Rosa Parks and how she stood up for her beliefs. The children also read a story called 'Coming To England' by Floella Benjamin. This picture book tells the story of a young girl's experiences when she leaves her life in the Caribbean to come to England. You can watch a re-telling of this story by using the link below.
The children thought of some questions that they might ask Rosa Parks or Floella Benjamin and then used drama to consider how they might answer. We were amazed by some of the incredibly thoughtful questions that the children came up with. Some examples are below.
'What is it like not being treated the same as white people?'
'What was it like being treated the same after the laws changed?'
'Why were people not following the RESPECT code?'
'Why were white people not being compassionate?'
'What did it feel like to start in a new country?'
On Wednesday, year 1 went on their very first school trip to Abbey House Museum and it was lovely to see how excited they all were. The children took part in a workshop which consolidated their learning on new and old toys. We were blown away by how much the children had remembered and how well they answered the questions. The children particularly enjoyed having the opportunity to explore and play with some toys from the past. The children were incredibly well-behaved - we were so proud of them all!