Autumn Term – Identity

Our Identity topic focuses on prejudice and slavery. We start by looking at our own personal identity and understanding what determines who we are. In History, we will be looking at the British Empire and the positive and negative effects it brought. We aim to create a timeline and explore the slave trade and the people who helped bring about the abolition. As part of our BLM teaching, we listen to and read speeches and quotes from inspirational people such as: William Wilberforce, Martin Luther King, Kwame Alexander,  Michelle Obama, Eric Thomas, Clarke Carlisle and many more. We will challenge stereotypes and look forward to composing and delivering our own diversity speeches to the governors of Parkdale. We will be studying the work of artists Jacob Lawrence and Jean-Michel Basquiat, creating pieces that reflect our own cultural and personal identity.

During the second half term, we will take a more ‘technology’ themed focus, looking at inventors who have made life changing creations. In History, we will study the advancements in computer technology and explore the vast opportunities they have opened up for us. We aim to think about the future of jobs and how they will change because of computer technology. We’re looking forward to some very interesting discussions in Y5!

Our class text is Windrush Child by Benjamin Zephaniah

The story takes us on one boy’s journey from Jamaica to England. We learn how Leonard’s father travelled on the Empire Windrush and Leonard and his mum are now moving to England to be together as a family. The talented Zephaniah shows the struggles that Leonard faced growing up in Manchester, dealing with sensitive and emotional subjects of racism and inequality in an honest and real way that children can understand. A great book to teach Y5 about IDENTITY, DIVERSITY and BELONGING.

Sharing some of our learning so far!


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