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Our Histories - teaching pack for key stage 1-2

Recognising International Equality events in January and February.

Author/s: Serendipity


Throughout the year there is the opportunity to recognise key memorial days, festivals and events. These events provide an important reminder of the actions that have shaped our communities and our world, but also the richness of what it means to live in a diverse community where our values, belief and backgrounds are respected and celebrated.

In January and February alone, there is an opportunity to learn more about international Black history through Martin Luther King Jr. Day (page 2) and Black History Month around the world (page 18).  Learn about the Holocaust and observe Holocaust Memorial Day (page 18).

Celebrate the Lunar New Year alongside communities from China and East Asia (page 25). Observe LGBT+ History Month and LGBT+ inclusive education (page 35). This education pack will provide support for teachers to begin conversations around discrimination and human rights. The information and resources can be used to support year- round learning.

Created by Serendipity, and commissioned by the National Education Union, this education pack seeks to provide teachers and educators with valuable resources for Key Stage 1 and 2, which are adaptable for pupils based on age and understanding, for online teaching and for use throughout the year.

The pack includes:

  • Overviews of key events in January and February and why they are important.
  • Exercises for teachers to lead with their classes.
  • Poster style print-out pages.
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