Black History Month

From Black History Month UK

Resource type: Event

Price band: £

Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5

Region(s): All of UK

October is Black History Month and an opportunity to shine a light on black history, heritage and culture.

The Black History Month website hosts a range of resources that could be useful for schools. These include:

  • A Black History Month Resource Pack for primary and secondary schools that includes posters, assembly notes and lesson plans.
  • A poetry competition open to young people of all ages.
  • A Features section with articles covering a range of topics such as The History of the Slave Trade, Science and Medicine, Black History Month Heroes, Great Black Britons and more.
  • A Poets Corner featuring poems by Black poets.
  • A Black History Month UK Magazine.

Cost: Articles on the website are free. The Resource Pack is £54.50 + postage.

About Black History Month UK: Black History Month began in the US but was launched in London in 1987 with the aim of challenging racism and educating people about aspects of British history that were not taught in schools.

Further resources:

  • The National Trust has produced booklists and accompanying teaching notes that celebrate Black literary history for KS1-3. The resources highlight favourite Black authors, illustrators and characters from children’s books. Free to download with their free membership.
  • Check out the Black History and Black British History recommended booklists from Books for Topics.
  • Find more book recommendations for all ages from BookTrust, BookTrust Scotland, CLPE and LoveReading4Kids.
  • The Inclusive Books for Children website provides access to book reviews and curated booklists covering EYFS to LKS2 to enable schools to build an inclusive library collection.
  • Writing Realities from the Writing for Pleasure Centre provides a framework and examples of practice to encourage all young people to celebrate and reflect their own realities in their writing.
  • BBC Teach has a range of resources to support Black History Month.
  • Our Black History Heroes is a collection of short films that celebrate the lives of 22 history-making figures from the past 200 years, chosen and narrated by children.
  • Publisher Usborne has a number of Quicklinks to websites with useful content and activities to help you celebrate Black History Month.
  • Visit the Reflecting Realities section of the website for more resources to support an inclusive and representative literacy curriculum.

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Black History Month