Windrush Day

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Resource type: Event

Price band: Free

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

Region(s): All of UK

Windrush Day is celebrated on the 22nd June, the day that the HMT Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks in 1948. Windrush Day recognises and honours the contribution made by the many Caribbean migrants who came to the UK to help re-build Britain after WWII.

Cost: Free

About Windrush Day: Windrush Day was first celebrated in 2018. It honours the British Caribbean community who came to the UK after WWII and the hardships that many of them have endured.

Further resources:

  • The Windrush Programme from Seven Stories: the National Centre for Children’s Books provides learning activities and discussion questions based on the archives of four critically-acclaimed children’s writers who grew up in the Caribbean but have lived and worked in Britain since the 1970s. The resource pack is aimed at UKS2 and KS3 pupils and is designed to explore themes of migration and settlement and to inspire all young people to see themselves as possible writers and illustrators of the future. There is also a booklist with suggested titles for all ages.
  • Writing Realities from the Writing for Pleasure Centre provides a framework and examples of practice to help teachers encourage all young people to celebrate and reflect their own realities in their writing.
  • The Whose Stories? podcasts explore issues of diversity and representation in children’s books with award-winning writers, illustrators and changemakers from the world of children’s literature.
  • Beyond the Secret Garden is a series of articles in online magazine Books for Keeps that looks at the representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic voices in British children’s literature.
  • You can read interviews with Patrice Lawrence and Benjamin Zephaniah talking about their books Granny Came on the Empire Windrush and Windrush Child on the Book Trust website.
  • See suggested books to help celebrate Windrush Day from Best Books for Schools and LoveReading4Kids.
  • Sign up for CLPE’s Transforming Literacy by Reflecting Realities webinar on Thursday 15th June that explores the key findings of their award-winning Reflecting Realities research and the impact of high quality inclusive titles on shaping children’s sense of self and reader identity. Cost £60.
  • Learn how to plan a text-based curriculum around Happy Here – the anthology of short stories distributed to all primary schools in England in 2021 – in this CLPE webinar on Thursday 22nd June (cost £30.00). You can also download a set of teaching notes with a CLPE free membership.

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