At Grange Junior School, we think it’s so important to teach our children about our collective history and to help our pupils develop into broad-minded and knowledgeable citizens.

This month, we’re celebrating Black History Month and last week, we tied this in with National Poetry Day.

As this year's theme for Black History Month is 'Saluting our Sisters', we learnt about Harriet Tubman who is one of the most important civil rights leaders in history, having fought throughout her life to save people from slavery and establish fair rights for people of all races.

During National Poetry Day, Year 3 and 4 explored the poem 'Harriet Tubman the Hero by Wendy Hawley' and Year 5 and 6 explored the poem 'No Stuff by Eloise Greenfield.' The children discussed the poetry techniques used and then went on to write their own poems inspired by Harriet Tubman's lives. 

To culminate the day, we hosted a poetry slam to celebrate the poems written by the children. We welcomed a visitor to the Year 5 and 6 event who was 'incredibly touched by the respect, maturity and understanding of our children when expressing poetry to honour black history.'

We are proud to deliver a broad and challenging curriculum for our pupils, and it’s so gratifying to see them engaging with the material so positively.