We have recently had our new immersive room fitted here at Underley Garden. The pupils have been
For Black History Month every student was able to expand their knowledge and understanding, through lessons and experiences around cultural and historical black figurers that Underley Garden provide.
Students created a mural for the wall to celebrate all the people who have shaped our world, they had found information from sources including information sheets, non fiction books and laptops.
Classes celebrated different achievements and struggles of black people throughout history, up to today, students were able to demonstrate their knowledge of this learning by answering questions.
As music is a very favoured subject, every student had the opportunity to explore instruments from different cultures, looking at rhythms and beats as well as making their own music and designing their own CD covers. They explored Black music through history from 60s 70s and 80s until modern day. Classes looked at songs performed by black singers; one student was able to give an example by saying “Jay Z.” Teachers explained that if they were still `slaves` then we wouldn’t have the well-liked songs we enjoy now. Teachers also asked “if we treated black people differently what would this be called?” with some prompting a student answered “discrimination“. Every student was also asked “What Black History Month means to them.”
We invited the police to Underley to talk about hate crime, she asked “can anyone tell me what a hate crime is?”
“crime involving the harassment of person through race.”
“personal judgement commits to a person on some characteristics.”
These are two answers from students. The police also explained that law is a rule we must follow, If we don’t follow the law this is a crime, a hate crime is against someone, towards a person’s race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or gender identity, a hate crime is very personal or offensive to someone.
Student engaged brilliantly in their sessions throughout the month, enjoying their explorations into Black History well.