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KS2 History and Literacy Resource – Learn About the Empire Windrush for Black History Month

What's included?

PDF lesson plan, worksheets, images and word bank

Key Stage

KS2

Age

Years 3-6

Subjects

During this lesson, children will become aware of the discrimination that black people faced as they arrived in Britain on the Empire Windrush in 1948.

It also provides opportunities for pupils to explore important historical events, demonstrate empathy and discuss issues relating to current affairs involving discrimination.

Once you’ve explored what the Empire Windrush was and the reaction passengers received when they arrived, complete the lesson by writing a diary entry.

The lesson plan and all accompanying resources are included in this download.

Use these resources to help children understand the discrimination that black people faced as they arrived in Britain on the Empire Windrush in 1948. The resources include:

  • Photos of soldiers and families who travelled to Great Britain from the West Indies on the Empire Windrush in 1948
  • A blank world map that children can use to identify the West Indies and Great Britain and plot the route
  • A diary entry template so children can write from the point of view of a passenger of the Empire Windrush after arriving in Great Britain
  • Empire Windrush word banks

What they’ll learn

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of aspects of British history
  • Identify links between, and give reasons for, historical events and changes
  • Construct informed written responses to historical events
  • Discuss their learning and develop speaking and listening skills

Julianne Britton is a primary teacher, private tutor and resource author on tes.com. Find her at missbritton.co.uk and follow her on Twitter at @juliannebritton.

Empire Windrush Black History Month lesson plan and resources
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