Black History Month

All of our schools enjoyed celebrating Black History Month in October.

It was brilliant to be part of a month long national campaign that honours the accomplishments of black Britons throughout our history and celebrates the continued achievements and contributions of black people to the UK and around the world.

Each of our schools celebrated Black History Month by providing their children with a variety of interesting and engaging learning opportunities. 

The Grove Academy addressed the importance of Black History Month in an assembly. Different year groups then completed learning activities centred around some of the most influential black people in history. The children also worked collaboratively to make three fists of different skin tones for a whole school display. Whilst the children were engaged in the activity, wonderful discussions were had about the importance of respecting others and recognising that each one of us is different and that is what makes us special and unique.

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Knutsford Primary Academy also focused their learning around the achievements of black men and women in the past. With one of the school houses being named after her, Year 6 learnt about Mary Seacole, as well as Nelson Mandella, Barak Obama and Rosa Parks. 

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The Early-Years children at Broadfield Academy have been discussing the importance of Black History Month by looking at different events and talking about famous figures. They have also learnt about the heritage and culture of Kenya and enjoyed trying some Kenyan bajias.

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Dahl Class at Bedmond Academy focused some of their learning around the first black female to travel to space, Mae Jeminson. They each wrote her biography and found out lots of interesting facts about her life, they were very inspired by her.

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Children at Hammond Academy also discussed the meaning of Black History Month and enjoyed quiet time in their reading corners with a variety of books about famous black leaders. Year 4 learnt about segregation and thought about how people on the segregated buses might have felt, looking at the different viewpoints. They then chose to research Rosa Parks and created fact files about her life. 

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Bovingdon Primary Academy took part in a variety of activities throughout October, centred around some of the most influential black people in history. Many of these were artists, including Kendra Dandy, Alma Thomas, Faith Ringgold, Lois Mailou Jones and Bisa Butler. This enabled the children to create their own artwork inspired by their individual styles. 

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Black History is integrated across our curriculum throughout the year. It is important that everyone is given the opportunity to share, celebrate and understand the impact of black heritage and culture.



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We have put together a list of events around Hertfordshire for families to enjoy over the 2022 Easter break.  We have tried to keep local to our schools in Hemel and Watford Not all activities have been tried and tested by us, so please do read more detail about them on their own websites and keep an eye on any updates, as things could change due to COVID-19 restrictions.   > 10th Apr - 22nd Apr | The Golden Goose Hunt | Hemel | £8.50 Can you help find the Golden Goose? There have been sightings all around the grounds of Ashridge House and mysterious golden eggs appearing > 11th Apr - 18th Apr | Easter Adventures in Nature | Berkhamsted | £3 There are 10 trail points for you to find around Ashridge Estate, each with a different fun activity. You will discover what’s so special about this area in spring, and earn a delicious Rainforest Alliance chocolate egg. > 10th Feb - 19th Apr | The Big Hoot | Hemel Hempstead | free This exciting trail will see 12 individually designed Big Hoot owls placed around Hemel Hempstead town centre, Old Town, Gadebridge Park and the Water Gardens for everyone to see and enjoy. > 10th Apr- 18th Apr | Easter at Aldenham Country Park  | Bushey | £7.50 After a two year hiatus Easter returns, bigger and better than ever. Discover frightfully fun offerings such as; the Easter Egg Hunt, Hoppy Hay Tractor Ride, Dance Tunnel, Bouncy Castle, Bear Hunt, decorations throughout the farm and much more! > 15th Apr- 18th Apr | Easter Trail at Knebworth House  | Knebworth | £1 Follow the Trail around Knebworth Gardens to gather all the Easter clues and solve the word jumble. There will also be a craft activity available between 12pm and 3pm.         This ticket will include access to Knebworth Park, Gardens, Adventure Playground with Fort Knebworth and Dinosaur Trail.