ECA has launched its Windrush Voices: Windrush Teaching Resources for Secondary Students at the TES (Times Educational Supplement) website. The resource pack is free and empowers teachers to teach the legacy of Windrush to school children in secondary schools.
This unit of work focusses on 6 lessons that span PSHE, Humanities and English. The learning goal across the whole unit is to introduce students to the Windrush story as well as delve into personal accounts that shed a unique light on the experiences of African and Caribbean people.
The lessons are a series of PowerPoints that can be taught in any sequence and even can be used as one-off lessons. They can also be adapted for both KS3 and KS4. The materials are unique as they include video footage of members of the Windrush generation that have never been released.
All the lessons have accompanying booklets to assist with the lessons.
3 history lessons:
Lesson 1 Origins of the Windrush Story which explores the links of the Caribbean with Britain through the slave trade and the role of abolitionists such as Olaudah Equiano
Lessons 2 and 3 feature two personal histories of the Windrush generation with video footage of the contributors telling their stories. This is fascinating to watch.
2 English lessons
There are two English lessons which feature the story of an amazing woman Hyacinth Sandilands. The lessons enable students to develop their skills in analysis, letter writing, empathy and much more.
The PSHE lesson covers the themes of democracy and resilience where students can question and evaluate impacting factors.
Every year ECA celebrates the contribution of the Windrush generation and their descendants. This year’s Windrush Day event held at the Millfield Theatre emphasised the importance of teaching the legacy of Windrush in schools. ECA worked with this year's TES teacher of the year finalist, David Jablonka, to develop the resource pack for teachers and educators. The lesson packs absorb stories from Windrush Voices books to support the teaching of the Windrush experience in English, History and PSHE. David Jablonka is the Assistant Headteacher at Heron Hall Academy.
According David Jablonka who developed the Windrush Resource Pack, and spoke at the Teaching Resources launch at Millfield Theatre, “I never got the opportunity to learn about the contributions of the Windrush generation. Many of our children may never get that opportunity. However, this resource was created to Crystallise those Windrush moments. Crystallise these people and give other children going forward, the chance to learn about the Windrush which is so intrinsic to British history.” Jablonka was a finalist in TES Teacher of the Year.
Click here to review ECA Windrush Teaching Resources for Secondary Students is free and available on the TES website.
Article written by Christian Cameron.