1st Edition

Global Black Narratives for the Classroom: Britain and Europe Practical Lesson Plans, Worksheets and Activities for Ages 7-11

By BLAM UK Copyright 2024
    268 Pages 79 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    268 Pages 79 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Rather than reserving the teaching of Black history to Black history month, Black narratives deserve to be seen and integrated into every aspect of the school curriculum. A unique yet practical resource, Global Black Narratives addresses this issue by providing primary teachers with a global outline of Black history, culture and life within the framework of the UK’s National Curriculum.

    Each topic explored in this essential book provides teachers and teaching assistants with historical, geographic and cultural context to build confidence when planning and teaching. Full lesson plans and printable worksheets are incorporated into each topic, alongside tips to build future lessons in line with the themes explored.

    Part 1 examines Black Britain, a term used to refer to African and Caribbean immigrants to the United Kingdom and their descendants. Teachers will gain essential contextual knowledge and the practical skills to deliver lessons exploring many examples of Black Britain, dating as far back as the Tudor period. Detailed lesson plans are provided on numerous activist groups and figures who make up the Black British civil rights movement including Claudia Jones, Harold Moody, Stuart Hall, Amy Ashwood The West African Students Union, the Bristol bus boycott and resistance groups from the 1960s to 1980s. Many of the lesson plans also concern music and wider arts and culture.

    Part 2 explores Black Presence in Europe, providing focused examples of Black narratives. Topics explored include Negritude, Josephine Baker, Afro-Spaniards and the Moorish occupation of Spain, Afro-Surinamese people in the Netherlands and Black presence in France.

    Created by BLAM UK, this highly informative yet practical resource is an essential read for any teacher, teaching assistant or senior leader who wishes to diversify their curriculum and address issues of Black representation within their school. It is published in two practical and comprehensive volumes. Volume 1 covers Britain and Europe, whilst Volume 2 includes Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean. Each volume can be used individually for teaching but when used together they provide a truly global perspective on black history and culture.

    Part One - Black Britain;  1. The History of  Jungle Music;  2. The Black Tudors;  3. Black British Jazz;  4. Local Histories - Claudia Jones;  5. Local Histories - Harold Moody;  6. Local Histories - Stuart Hall;  7. Local Histories - Amy Ashwood Garvey;  8. Black British Publishing Companies;  9. Yoruba naming ceremonies in the UK;  10. Local Histories - Raphael Albert;  11. The Bristol Bus Boycott;  12. Black British Resistance Groups;  13. From One Small Island to another: Windrush;  14. Dub: The Skeleton of Reggae Music;  15. We Built This: Reparations;  16. Black British English;  17. Imagery and Imperialism: The Royal Family, Empire and Colonialism;  18. The West African Students Union;  Part Two - Black Presence in Europe;  19. The Negritude Movement;  20. Josephine Baker;  21. Afro-Spaniards;  22. Afro-Surinamese People in the Netherlands;  23. Black Presence in France


    BLAM UK (Black Learning Achievement and Mental Health) is an education, advocacy and well-being non-profit, founded by Ife Thompson, who is a community organiser, writer, UN fellow, Lawyer and an external Black History Moderator for schools across London. She has been teaching children and young people global Black history within school settings and the wider community since 2016. The BLAM UK team has worked with schools, youth centres, students, teachers and teacher training providers across the UK. BLAM teaches global Black history focusing on the collective Black experience from Pan-African, decolonial and Racial -Wellness perspectives.

    "A fantastic, informative and eclectic collection of Global Black Narratives which will enrich the minds and cultural experiences of students and teachers alike. Extremely well researched with engaging resources from teaching, historical and lived experience experts. A must have for schools who are serious about teaching and affirming the heritage and history of all their students and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion."

    Patricia Lamour MBE, Aspire Education Group

    "An exceptional wealth of relevant historical knowledge that all children should have access to. This book is an excellent resource and provides a great building block for educators to use as part of developing an inclusive and relevant curriculum."

    Nadine Bernard, Youngest Black Headteacher in the UK, Van Gogh Primary School Headteacher and Founder of Aspiring Heads

    "This is a groundbreaking approach to a history that has been ignored and misrepresented.  It is original in its approach and comprehensive in its scope. Both Teacher and student will be enlightened and enriched by its content. Outstanding and Essential."

    Leila Hassan Howe, Founding Member of the Race Today Collective, Darcus Howe Legacy, Black-British Activist