Black British History in the Primary History Curriculum
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This course will cover:
• To examine ways of developing our primary history curriculum so that it includes an increased focus on Black British History.
• To create and construct inclusive teaching sequences in history which enhance impact and transform learning.
• To exemplify historical teaching sequences which emphasise chronology, enquiry, making connections and communicating findings.
• To consider the significance of black lives in the pupils’ own locality.
• To examine a theme in Black British History that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.
This course aims to examine ways of developing our primary history curriculum so that it more closely reflects our multi-ethnic, diverse society by increasing the focus on Black British History.
Over the last twelve months, during our History Subject Leader Network Meetings, we have deliberately told the stories of significant black lives and Britain's relationship with Africa and Africans living in Lancashire, Britain, The Caribbean, North America and also in Africa itself. In Key Stage One, we celebrated the significance of Nelson cricketer Learie Constantine. In our Lower Key Stage Two unit we considered the significance of the Lancashire Cotton Industry to the people of Lancashire and its links to 1.8 million slaves on the cotton plantations in North America. In Upper Key Stage Two, we focussed upon the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
This course will bring these materials together into a full-day course expanding them and tying them together into a coherent whole. We will examine how these units can fit into history long-term planning whilst also discussing how to reinstate BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) voices into our primary history curriculum.
A companion publication to this course, which provides detailed planning guidance for the Key Stage One and Key Stage Two Black History units, will be available for purchase.