Black History Month at Hawley

We enjoyed doing tie dye in Reception for Black History Month. We learnt that tie dye is used in different parts of the world to decorate cloth including Nigeria in West Africa. We looked at some Nigerian fabric and then made our own tie dye. We tied elastic bands tightly round the cloth and dipped it. When we took the bands off, there were white circles where the bands had been.

Year 2 have been studying the African kenyan artist Martin Bulinya. We noticed the elongated figure, the bright colours and the use of African pattern in his paintings. We created our own designs using a variety of media including watercolour, ink and acylic paint. Take a look at our work.

Year 3 have been busy creating self portraits inspired by Kimmy Cantrell, an African American artist who uses sculptures to challenge the traditional definitions of beauty. After designing and planning our self portraits using asymmetrical shapes we were then able to paint and layer card to create a relief effect. We are very proud to celebrate our imperfections just like Kimmy!​

For homework Year 4 explained why Black History Month is important.

Year 5 enjoyed using our topic of writing a persuasive speech to enjoy examples of Benjamin Zephaniah’s poetry.  We found Talking Turkeys to be a superb example of gaining the readers sympathy. It used hilarious repetition and we found his performance of the poem to be very helpful with our own work. Having an opportunity to hear about his upbringing in Birmingham and the topics that have interested and made him the poet and author he is today was very inspiring to us all.