BHM

BLACK HISTORY MONTH WORKSHOPS FOR SCHOOLS

Coronavirus is going to have a long term impact on all celebrations this year and none more so than Black History Month which takes place in October 2020. Teaching Drums can provide a unique, socially distanced experience that will highlight African culture and the contributions made by famous British Black people.

We will provide a short video of BHM 2020 which can be shared to each class before our visit or during. Chief Chebe can then provide 5 class sessions on African drumming, storytelling or cultural sessions tailored to your requirements. The cultural sessions can be based on racism, slavery, Civil Rights Movement, Apartheid in South Africa, the Windrush generation, contributions made by famous British black people or a subject of your choice. Any resources that we provide will be deep cleaned and regular hand washing and social distancing will be maintained at all times.

For further information, prices or to make a booking phone 01236 823869 or text mobile 07988256670 or email info@teachingdrums.co.uk

Windrush Banner made at St Stephens school

Suggested Black History Month activities that class teachers can try in schools:

  1. Unity handprint wreath http://www.dltk-kids.com/world/munitywreath.htm
  2. Freedom hands http://www.crayola.ca/crafts/freedom-hands-craft/
  3. Dove hand print painting https://www.milehighmamas.com/blog/2017/01/09/martin-luther-king-denver/. This website also has a link to “we are all the same on the inside” where you use a brown egg and a white egg to demonstrate.
  4. Being treated equally, an effective way of demonstrating to children unfair treatment http://lessons.atozteacherstuff.com/424/being-treated-equally/
  5. Rosa Parks bus craft https://www.woojr.com/rosa-parks-day-bus-craft/ and worksheets https://www.woojr.com/rosa-parks-day-printables/
  6. Make a freedom quilt (underground railway) http://www.mathwire.com/quilts/quilts.html; https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/complete-art-scheme-of-work-freedom-quilts-linked-to-the-caribbean-slavery-topics-6439735
  7. Adinkra printing using sponges, string or potatoes. Adinkra symbols and meaning http://www.adinkra.org/htmls/adinkra_index.htm
  8. Make a small African hand drum http://mamato5blessings.com/2015/03/african-spirit-drum-craft-homeschool-geography-lesson-learn-link-linky/
  9. Make an African clay pot coil or pinch: https://www.metmuseum.org/metmedia/video/metkids/metkids-create/make-a-clay-pot
  10. Make an African mask http://www.artyfactory.com/africanmasks/design/step1.htm; https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/african-mask-making-6334395

Educational Benefits of Black History Month

  1. Increased learning opportunities — BHM is an opportunity to learn something new or old in school.
  2. Improved Scottish and Global Citizenship — global citizenship is a key component of the Scottish Education Curriculum for Excellence. Global citizenship is about being proud of our local, national and global identities. Global citizenship education teaches Scottish school children to develop their global communication skills and improve understanding about the big and diverse world around us.
  3. Confident Individuals and Successful Learners. When children are made to feel comfortable and confident to learn about other cultures and traditions; it widens their awareness of the world, stirs their curiosity, questions their own ideas and beliefs, makes them more accepting of differences and similarities in people, better able to see and or challenge racial stereotypes, highlights racism or racist behaviour and creates an opportunity to learn from our recent history.
  4. Effective Contributors to society and the world through a better appreciation of culture. By learning about other people’s cultures in school, children can better value their own Scottish culture which they share with others every day.
  5. Children can only become responsible citizens if they have the knowledge and understanding of other cultures, traditions and ways of life and to be aware of what has happened in history when other people’s values are belittled, ignored and misunderstood.

CRER – The Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights

CRER has coordinated Black History Month in Scotland during October since 2001, and has encompassed the history of African, Caribbean and Asian people in this country; people who often have a direct link with Scotland through slavery, colonialism and migration. Their key mission is to protect, enhance and promote the rights of  Black/minority ethnic communities across all areas of life in Scotland. ​To find out more about CRER visit their website: https://www.crer.scot/black-history-month

Further Scottish BHM links:

http://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/listings/region/scotland/glasgow/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-24347632

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/NfFNrJjvlhC4WXL783LHcY/scotlands-black-history

https://www.glasgowmela.com/Pages/default.aspx