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

Black History Month takes place in October. It provides an opportunity to shine a light on Black history, heritage and culture, and to celebrate the continuing achievements and contribution of Black people to the UK and around the world. The theme for Black History Month 2021 is Proud to Be.

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

  • 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.
  • A pack for secondary schools containing lesson plans and other resources.

Cost: Articles on the website are free. The School Pack costs £49.50 plus £8.95 P&P.

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:

  • BBC Teach has a range of resources to support Black History Month.
  • Publisher Usborne has a number of Quicklinks to websites with useful content and activities to help you celebrate Black History Month.
  • Books for Topics has a list of book recommendations for Black History Month, as well as a new list of titles that focus specifically on Black history in the UK.
  • Find more book recommendations from BookTrust and BookTrust Scotland.
  • All primary schools have now received a copy of Happy Here, an anthology of stories and poems by Black British authors and illustrators. There are accompanying teaching resources, and the chance to join contributor Joseph Coelho for a free online event on Wednesday 13th October at 9.30am. Find out more.
  • Sign up for the free Authors Live event on Tuesday 19th October with author Catherine Johnson. Suitable for KS2 and KS3 pupils (P5-S2).
  • Read the latest edition of CLPE’s Reflecting Realities report that looks at the extent and quality of ethnic representation and diversity in children’s publishing in the UK.
  • Visit the Reflecting Realities section of the website for more resources to support an inclusive and representative literacy curriculum,

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