Standing Up To Racism – Friday 12/06/20

Greetings Platypuses,

I want to start today by tackling something which you may be aware of as it is very much in the news at the moment. You might have heard your adults talking about it or have seen something about it on TV. What we are going to be thinking about and learning about today is the Black Lives Matter movement and the problem of racism.

Adults there is a lot of information in this section and obviously this is not an easy-going subject area so you may want to do parts, take a break, do a different section of the blog and then come back to this section later. As always it is up to you.

Black Lives Matter and Standing Up To Racism

Elmo is going to start us off:

Elmo is in America but very sadly racism is a problem in the UK and all over the world.

This lovely teacher in America explains very well what is happening right now:

How can you use your voice?

Always speak up.

There are a few upsetting illustrations in this story.

People protesting then and protesting now.

Here is the timeline from the beginning of the book.

What did you think of the story?

What are your thoughts following today’s learning?

PE – Sports Day Special

If the corona virus hadn’t changed everyday life we would have been in school having Sports Day today but unfortunately that can’t happen…however the thunderstorms might have interrupted us anyway!

You could also try this fun activity:


Today you will be learning to find information in a text and write creatively.

If you’d like to hear the whole story, here is a link:


Here are the answers to yesterday’s work:

Here are some songs to help you practise:

You could use the splat board for practising counting in the different amounts. You could use different colours to make it extra fun and seeing on the splat board can help you to start to learn the pattern in the numbers. Try it out!

Here is the link to today’s challenge for all the family…it’s football themed!

Daily tasks reminder…however there’s a lot going on today so don’t worry if you don’t get to your daily tasks. Remember just do what you can manage.

…and if you need an extra challenge then the new spellings didn’t go up on Sumdog this week due to Sumdog being very naughty but there were supposed to be numbers 11-20.

Here are numbers 0-10 to remind you:

Now here are the new spellings for 11-20:

Oh and remember to access your music lesson as well:

The link to one of the stories on yesterday’s blog stopped working, I did replace it later on but you may not have had the chance to see that story so here it is again:

It has been great to see some of you sharing your thoughts and ideas this week and one Platypus has really got involved with sending his work in which has been super to see! Maybe next week I could see some more and then we could all see some more next Friday…

Here is the slideshow for this week:

Do keep in touch.

@MissLinsleyHMPS (twitter)

Thinking of you,

Miss Linsley…and Mr Fielder 🙂

10 thoughts on “Standing Up To Racism – Friday 12/06/20

  1. Hi Jovani and mum,
    As you said it is so deeply upsetting. We will have to keep standing up, speaking out, educating and fighting for change.
    I’m glad you enjoyed the sports day challenge – such a shame the video wouldn’t sent I bet I would have loved it but thank you for trying!


  2. Hello Miss Lindsey and everyone,

    Well said Kyianna mum!

    Have been teaching Jovani recently about this matter and it saddens me how cruel and evil some people can be still in 2020 because of either race or religion.

    I agree with everything happening around us at present, it was a good topic choice today. The video choice for their age range was at a good level for them to understand also…thank you Miss Lindsey. Jovani was able to understand and ask appropriate questions.

    We did the sports day challenge. Which was quite fun and very tiring. Unfortunately, it will not allow me to send you the video via email….which is a shame, it would of made you laugh!

    Hope everyone has a restful weekend!

    Jovani and mum

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  3. Well put kiyanas mum! I have never understood how anybody can treat people differently or disrespectfully because of how they look, what race they are or what religion or S orientation they are. We are all human. We have differences in race so we can recognise one another. If we were all the same how boring would that be.
    People judging people on face value is just ignorance and stupidity. Racism has no intelligence. In fact it is totally stupid to dislike a race. We do not choose what race we are born with but we all have choices in how we behave and how to treat one another. Respecting others is also respecting yourself.
    We should be proud of what we are born with and never try to compare yourself to others because that truly would be a waste of time. Black, white, Asian, Arab lives all matter. Sadly every race has experienced discrimination, and thankfully there are laws to protect against such discrimation. However the corruption appears to be coming from all directions. We must continue to keep fighting peacefully and stand up to racism!

    Muhammad’s mummy

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  4. Thank you.
    Sounds like you’ve had a very busy day already and it’s only just the afternoon!
    Well done for your English work Kiyana, great job with the commas and what a lovely Rainbow Feet poem. Good planking!


  5. Hello Miss Linsley.

    Yes It is ok with me to share what I have commented, and it’s great news to hear discussions are being made regarding the decolonising of the curriculum.

    Kiyana and myself really enjoyed doing the Sports day challenges. Kiyana did a great job holding the plank position for 30 seconds.

    Kiyana’s poem:

    I love my feet because they help me walk
    So I can go places like the funfair, zoo, farm and the park.

    I’m very proud of her she remembered to place the commas in the correct places when listing things, which she learned from a previous English lesson about commas.

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  6. Hi Kiyana’s mum and Kiyana.
    I am glad you feel this is being addressed appropriately. I wanted to gather a wealth of resources so as to best address this so I didn’t respond quite as quickly as I would have liked but as a result was able to find some great sources.
    If it is ok with you I would like to post what you have shared at the top of Monday’s blog so it can really be highlighted (sometimes the comments aren’t read by everyone).
    I would also like to assure you that the discussion on decolonising the curriculum has already been started with management on the highest level.


  7. Good morning Miss Linsley.

    Firstly I wanted to say that I am glad that you are discussing racism and what is going on regarding the protesting.

    I am also happy you wrote that this is not just a problem in America. There is racism in this country and the rest of the world.

    I encourage everyone regardless of race to have age appropriate conversations with their children about race. Racism is real and unfortunately It is not going anywhere anytime soon.

    Uncomfortable conversations have to be discussed surrounding race or nothing will change.

    The fact is we live in a world regardless of what some people may say, that does see skin colour. People are judged/ stereotyped everyday because of the colour of their skin, and we all have a part to play by educating ourselves and our children to bring about change.

    In 2020 men, woman, and children are dying simply because they are black.

    The Black Lives Movement is a human rights movement. It is about being treated the same as everybody else. Not better. Not less. The same.

    Equality in education, healthcare, housing, workforce and even the prison system.

    Black people come in a range of skin complexions and have different hair textures, and still in 2020 there is a lot of ignorance surrounding this.

    There are people who think it is ok to touch some where’s hair because it is different to their own, or make ignorant remarks regarding skin tone/complexion. These are all unhelpful things where children are concerned.

    I am passionate about this. I have been bought to tears by things that I have read and learned over the years, and I have been bought to tears once again with what I have seen happening in America.

    I will end by saying Black History does not begin with slavery. What we are seeing now in 2020 is the legacy of slavery. But there is a whole history before that time that I wish was taught and acknowledged.

    Please educate yourself and your children. Lives are being lost or traumatised.

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