Black History Month
These resources are designed to give teachers some activities and lesson ideas for use during Black History Month. They could be used as starters, plenaries, or adapted for use during whole class sessions. Each section comes with a short explanation for you, to help you set up or use the activity.
In this pack you will find
Activity 1: Pairs
These pictures can be cut out and laminated. Once completed, use the pictures to play pairs or memory. While children of this age may find it hard to discuss Black History Month itself, you can use the pictures and game as prompts for a discussion about other cultures, their similarities and differences. This activity is best played in small groups or during a circle time activity. There are two pages of cards to print. The first is online here, while the second can be found via this link. Each needs to be printed twice, so you have a matching set.
Activity 2: Word search -KS1/KS2
The Wordsearch itself might not take too long to finish, especially for older children. But, as it’s unlikely that children will know all the people mentioned, it’s a great way to start off a lesson. When students have finished, encourage children to use books, the internet or resources to find out more about one of the names on the list.
Activity 3) Mary Seacole KS1/KS2
These activities are designed to introduce the famous Mary Seacole. To start off your lesson there are various free links with presentations or information.
The BBC has a flash based story for KS1 children.
There’s also a similar activity at the Thackray Museum site.
A more lengthy description can be found here.
Any information pupils have picked up can be checked afterwards using the Mary Seacole quiz.
This could be followed up by looking at the similarities and differences between Seacole and the other famous nurse at the time, Florence Nightingale.
The comparison between the two women in terms of life, origins and treatment by the public could be written into a table as your main lesson activity. We’ve provided one for you below. This is a good individual activity for older children. But, If you want to use the idea with younger learners, you could always enlarge the sheet to A3 and work in groups, with one child acting as a scribe.
The Horrible Histories video makes a great starting point for this, just be sure to save the video beforehand so it can be played on your school network. Once again, there’s also a flash based story by the BBC you could use, and a longer account for older children at this address.
Activity 4) Pupils in Key Stage 3 could be asked to add further detail and events to our Black History Timeline. This timeline highlights a number of significant events in Black history in the British Isles which can be used to help provide context and maybe to dispell a few myths. Lots of additional examples can be found online. See the National Archives site for examples or use our Black History Month Fact File to develop knowledge and prompt discussion.
Activity 5) This knowledge can be quickly checked by asking pupils to complete our Black History Month Crossword.
Activity 6) A more creative method of looking at Black history is outlined in this activity about Black presence in the British Isles. In this activity pupils look at the ways in which migrants to the country and the development of Empire resulted in changes on our High Streets. Easily adaptable, this activity provides opportunities for creative, collaborative research and work on a range of issues.