Black Lives Matter
Starks Field have worked with the organisation EqualiTeach this year.
Equaliteach has collated some written responses and reflections from black and mixed-race colleagues, friends and family members, highlighting the impact of the situation in the US on black people in the UK and also reminding us that this is not just an American issue - there is racism in UK society which needs to be urgently addressed. These can be read at: https://equaliteach.co.uk/black-voices-reflecting-on-racism/
The organisation has also collated some resources for addressing and understanding privilege, learning about British black history and racism in the UK, exploring perspectives from different black experiences and for directly supporting campaigns and movements working towards justice and equality. The collection of resources can be found here: http://www.equaliteach.co.uk/reject-racism.
EqualiTeach also recognises that racism can be a challenging topic to discuss with pupils and has written some guidance and tips for talking to children about racism, including suggested books to use: https://equaliteach.co.uk/how-to-talk-with-children-and-young-people-about-race-and-racism/
The organisation has also recently launched an e-learning platform which includes courses for educators on working with young people on controversial issues: https://elearning.equaliteach.co.uk
From a Enfield Headteacher:
I have spent the morning collating the links to these stories which tie into 3 of the Black Lives Matter guiding principles (Empathy, Diversity & Unapologetically Black). The stories may help you to discuss race issues with your young children. I posted it to my school website but thought I would share here too.
There has been a lot of news about the 'Black Lives Matter' campaign in America. Have you heard about this? People are angry because black people are being treated unfairly because of the colour of their skin. I wanted us to take some time to reflect and celebrate all of our wonderful differences and to remember that everybody should be treated equally and with respect.
Here are some words to think about;
When we think about how other people feel, because different people have different feelings. Sometimes it helps to think about how you would feel if the same thing that happened to your friend, happened to you.
Different people do different things and have different feelings. It's so important that we have lots of different kinds of people in our community and that everyone feels safe
People should not have to apologise or say sorry for being different. One way we are different is the colour of our skin. It's important that all people are treated fairly.
Look at the story links below and think about the questions, there are a few activity ideas too;
The Day You Begin by Jaqueline Woodson
Have you ever felt different or like you don't fit in?
Have you ever seen others making fun of people for being different?
One by Katherine Otoshi
What can we do if we see people being treated unfairly?
All the Colours of the Earth by Sheila Hamanaka
The Colours of Us by Karen Katz
What is your skin colour like?
Can you draw a self portrait (a picture of yourself)... I'd love to see it if you do!
Black all Around by Patricia Hubbell and Don Tate
- Should you ever have to apologise for the colour of your skin? Should you ever have to apologise for being different?
- We should all be proud of who we are and celebrate our uniqueness. There are lots of different skin colours and we need to make sure all people are treated fairly.
- Write a list of all the things about you that you are proud of.
- What are the things about you that you would not want to have to apologise for?
- It is important to be proud of who we are and how we look.
- Celebrate diversity.
- Be proud to be you!
Here are some stories that celebrate being 'unapologetically black' and celebrating diversity. There are some stories to teach you about the Civil Rights Movement in America and to help you understand how people have fought and continue to fight for equality for all people.
Mary had a Little Glam by Tammi Sauer
Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton and Raul Colon
I love my Hair by by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley and E.B. Lewis
A Sweet Smell of Roses by Angela Johnson and Eric Velazquez
We March by Shane W. Evans
Emmanuels Dream by Laurie Ann Thompson and Sean Qualls
Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts
Green Pants by Kenneth Kraegel
Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts and Noah Z. Jones