Black History Month
Black History Month is an annual celebration of the important people and events in British history and current life. In Reception, we read the story of So Much! written by Trish Cooke. Trish was born in the UK but with heritage from Dominica in the Caribbean. So Much! is a story about a large Afro-Caribbean family getting together for a party and showing love to the family's baby by kissing, squeezing and hugging him.
We used the book to find out more about Dominica. We looked at a map to see how far Dominica is from the UK (very far!) and we looked at pictures which show white sand and blue sea as Dominica is an island. We learnt that Dominica has a native parrot, the sisserou parrot. It is also home to endangered turtles.
We made our own parrots and turtles. We looked at pictures of the sisserou parrot, which is coloured grey. We used green feathers to make our parrots very lifelike. We used paper plates to make turtles, using potato printing to create the shell pattern.
In Infant Assembly, we showed off our parrots and turtles to the other classes. We were so proud to show off our great work, and tell the other children how we had made our animals from Dominica. We also heard about the work of the other classes. Year 1 had been using earth colours to recreate traditional African village scenes. Year 2 had been researching and writing about the contribution of black role models, and treated us to a song in Swahili called Jambo Bwana. It is a song to sing hello!