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Lathom Junior School

Lathom Junior School

Year 5's Black History Learning Journey

Our focus for Black History Month (BHM) was to explore the incredible life of Maya Angelou and the significant contributions she has made to the lives of countless people. As a year group, we reflected on the importance of BHM and the need for oral history to be recorded and how has ‘Black lives Matter’ changed how we view Black History, in light of the recent focus on George Floyd's death.

Then we generated class questions as a basis for further research about Maya Angelou. Children confidently used printed sources, the Internet, pictures, photographs and music to collect evidence from the past about the adventurous life of Angelou. Next, using their research notes, we created news reports based on an event in Angelou's life as our writing outcome. In addition, they also placed significant events in chronological order on a timeline.

Furthermore, we read a famous poem of Angelou's, 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,' and analysed the text in relation to her life as an activist and as a black woman. Our final outcome was to explore the style and artwork of Jean-Michel Basquiat. We studied how he based his artwork on one of Angelou's book, ‘Life Doesn’t Frighten Me’ and analysed the images and how they represent her text.  As a result, children created their own version of art.