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Week beginning 10th October

To commemorate Black History month, Year 6 began the week learning about the HMT Empire Windrush ship which brought hundreds of immigrants to Britain following WW2. We particularly focused our research on a very special, local nurse called Elaine Unegbu who came to Manchester in 1963 to support the NHS after World War 2. Elaine has led a very interesting life; she was the first black Ward Sister at the Northern Hospital and more recently volunteers her services to improve provision for the elderly people in our community. We made fact booklets about her and thought of questions we could ask, in preparation for her visit to our school next week! Each child in our class also made their own bracelets out of the four colours which represent Black History month – Black (skin colour), Yellow (optimism), Green (greenery of Africa) and Red (bloodshed). In English and Art we continued our World War 2 theme, extracting information from our book about the characters Queenie and Ephraim, carefully considering the contents of a child evacuee's suitcase and drawing impressive sketches of soliders.