Today we are celebrating the anniversary of Windrush. It is now 70 years since the Empire Windrush, which was a big ship, sailed to Britain from the Caribbean. This ship was full of people, grown-ups and children with their parents, who were moving to Britain from the Caribbean to start a new life in this country.
There are lots of exciting things going on to celebrate Windrush all across Lambeth today – do get involved with the celebrations and share any pictures!
Let’s start by learning more about Windrush:
Click on the link below to watch a video as well (video 1):
Celebrating Windrush with song
The song for Windrush this year is You Can Get It If You Really Want by Desmond Dekker. This is the original:
Tune into Colourful Radio at 10.20am to listen to the countdown, turn up your speaker and then sing along!
The recording was made with all local Lambeth talent! You can also stream or download it from the Lambeth Windrush page (link is below the images).
This is the link to the Lambeth Windrush page which has a wealth of information. I’ve picked out that which is most relevant to Platypuses but there is lots there which is of interest to adults which you may want to look at.
Windrush Arm Wave
You could also try the Windrush arm wave! You can imagine your arms are ocean waves. Instructions are here on how to do the POP arm wave!
Also the music continues on the website…
Bunting to begin with…
The downloads are available through the website.
They look like this:
Next up making a Windrush mobile…
Here is the clip:
Imagining Windrush (English)
Watch the video below. It is of the poem ‘Windrush Child‘, by a famous poet called John Agard. Some Year 6 children in another school performed the poem and turned it into an animated film using their computing and artistic skills.
John Agard is Afro-Guyanese which means he was born in British Guiana which is in the West Indies. This is part of the area lots of people came from during Windrush. When we say Windrush we don’t just mean the people on the actual Empire Windrush but we use it to refer to the movement of people from the Caribbean to Britain at this time.
John Agard wasn’t actually on the Empire Windrush but he did move to Britain around that time, so was part of that generation and went through those experiences that we talked about in the slideshow and the video.
How did you feel watching the video?
How did you feel at the end?
I’d like you to imagine you are a Windrush child on the boat travelling across the ocean to a country you barely know anything about. How do you feel? What are you thinking?
Write a letter to family or friends back home sharing your thoughts and feelings as you sail on the Empire Windrush.
Please do share your work, creations and celebrations for the day – tweet or email them in and I will share them with all the appropriate hashtags to link with the Lambeth celebrations.
If you are using twitter…
I hope you have a wonderful and enriching day where you learn something new about Windrush and celebrate it. Let’s feel united.
A short break now from Windrush to do some…
Counting to 100 today!
I like using the splatboard for practising numbers to 100:
Now Mr Fielder has some more topic learning for you, all about transport of course and it links to Windrush as well!
Windrush Topic Learning
Linking our celebration of the Windrush and our topic of Transport – this week’s topic learning will be focused on the contribution made by many Caribbean immigrants to the development of the transport system in London.
Please begin with the ‘History Detectives’ activity and look through the presentation on the class google classroom https://classroom.google.com/h. Then read the biography of some London Transport workers and answers the questions on the google document.
Let’s finish with a story…
What did you most enjoy doing today?
I look forward to hearing from you.
Do email if there is anything I can support you with as well as to send in work.
Thinking of you,
Miss Linsley…and Mr Fielder 🙂