Black History Month

October 2020


Black History Month USA 2020 - National Awareness Days Calendar 2020 & 2021

Black History Month / Big Me Day

During October, the UK celebrates Black History Month, which is an annual celebration of the history, achievements and contributions of black people. At Saint Catherine’s, we learn about many different black people - both from the past and present - and celebrate their lives and achievements. It lets us live out our values of being curious and active as we learn to love all our neighbours and treat people fairly; not judging them by the colour of their skin and living in God’s image and likeness.

Learning about their contributions helps us to understand and appreciate how lots of these people fought for equal rights. We can live in a world where we can ‘dream as big as we want to be’. This year we will be celebrating Big Me Day on Thursday 22nd October. On this day, we ask that children come to school dressed as the job they want to do when they’re older. Throughout October, they will learn about the jobs and contributions the focused individuals had on the world so we hope this will inspire children to think of their dreams. We ask that children bring in £1 to donate to School Fund and Action Aid.

We look forward to learning about their aspirations!

Click below to explore the people we are looking at this year.


Rosa Parks, Handa’s Surprise

and some famousinventors

Commemorating Rosa Parks Day | SFMTA Handa's Surprise writing and sentence building | Teaching Resources


Mae C Jemison and Bisi Ezerioha.

Mae Carol Jemison.jpg Bisi before a race

Year One

Rosa Parks &our very own

Joan & Blossom from the school kitchen


Year Two

Mary Seacole and Mae. C Jemison.

Mary Seacole was the author of Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands. The memoir details her adventurous life as a 19th-century entrepreneur. Seacole traveled from her home in Jamaica to Panama, England, and the Crimea (a peninsula in what is now Ukraine).

Year Three

Nelson Mandela and Lenny Henry.

Anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela arriving to address a mass rally, a few days after his release from jail, on Feb. 25 1990,  in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Fight for representation goes on | Comment | Broadcast

Year Four

Harriet Tubman & Benjamin Zephaniah.

Harriet Tubman Review: The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah: The Autobiography |  HeraldScotland


Year Five

Martin Luther King Jr & Jesse Owens.

Civil rights leader Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers a speech to a crowd on October 16, 1965 in New York City, New York. Black History Month - Jesse Owens - Tours of Cleveland, LLC

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