Celebrating Black History Month

It’s nearing the end of October, and all throughout the world, families, organisations and schools have been celebrating Black History Month. It’s been a joy to see so many people coming together and learning more about black history from the influential figures who made impactful steps forward throughout history.

The month itself has been an opportunity for schools to deliver curriculum around black history and educate on those historical figures in a number of different ways. It’s been great to see so many schools already getting involved not just in the history classroom but in other creative aspects. With the internet, there is a world of information at our fingertips and students can use this to find out more about black history and the influential people throughout time. Using Swiggle can facilitate safe searching so even primary-aged children can explore this subject.

What Did You Do for Black History Month?

There have been many different ways that schools have celebrated Black History Month. Art classes have looked into the art that defined the culture, going back to the traditional art leading into the more contemporary pieces found today. Challenges have been set to get creative and no doubt lots of displays will have been made If you want to see more, why not take a look at this page from Art Projects For Kids.  

Schools have been making some noise by getting music classes involved in creating their own songs and learning about the most influential figures in music. From early jazz to blues leading into soul, reggae and rap, there’s so much to listen to and enjoy. Pupils have seen how music has adapted and changed from icons such as Louis Armstrong to Chuck Berry to Aretha Franklin to Beyonce. Their art has pretty much defined every generation! To find out more about influential musicians, why not take a look at this page from The Current.

We hope schools have had open discussions around wellbeing and encouraging their students to learn more about diversity and why we should never tolerate harmful content towards others. We encourage schools to report any harmful material online whether it be offline or online and work towards preventing hate speech in all walks of life.

Further Support

Report Harmful Content is a national reporting centre that has been designed to assist everyone in reporting harmful content online. Empowering anyone who has come across harmful content online to report it by providing up to date information on community standards and direct links to the correct reporting facilities across multiple platforms.

They will be able to take a further look at this and give advice around next steps. You can also see Report Harmful Content’s advice about reporting Hate Crime online. You can also now direct your own school to use the platform by installing the Report Harmful Content Button on your website. It’s free and goes towards preventing the spread of legal but harmful online content.

Professionals Online Safety Helpline – If you have a concern around online safety within your school, you can phone or email the Professionals Online Safety Helpline. It is there to help all members of the community working with or for children in the UK, with any online safety issues they, or children and young people in their care, may face.

ProjectEVOLVE – Develop students’ understanding around important online topics such as Self Image and Identity, Health and Wellbeing and Online Bullying 

The Anti-Bullying Alliance - a unique coalition of organisations and individuals, working together to achieve their vision to: stop bullying and create safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn

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