Black History Month Competition: October 2011

Black History Month is celebrated every October in the UK.

This year, Gloucestershire schools took part in a competition organised by READS. This competition had a literary focus … and the winners have now been announced!

The aim was to promote the wealth of talented Black writers both from within the UK and abroad. The theme of Black Writers was chosen to link with the Cheltenham Festival of Literature and because we believe this is an area of Black Achievement that is not as widely recognised as it could be. The Literary Quiz comprised core and extension activities. At the core level pupils had to complete a quiz on the lives and work of ten Black writers. At the extension level, pupils had to undertake a research activity, or produce a piece of creative writing about another Black writer chosen from a suggested list.

The activities can be downloaded below.

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Congratulations to the winners of our Black Literary Figures Competition!
We were very impressed with the enthusiasm, effort and creativity shown by all our entries. The standard of work was very high, but after much thought we are pleased to announce the following winners:

Shekinah Swamba, Y6, The Catholic School of St Gregory the Great, Cheltenham.

We particularly liked Shekinah's imaginative approach to her work and the amount of interesting information she managed to include in her poem.

Achante Anson, Y8, Barnwood Park Arts College, Gloucester

We liked the clever rhyming scheme and the poem's message of the need for personal integrity and strength, which are central themes in the work of Malorie Blackman.

Well done to both pupils, who will shortly be receiving their prize of a £20 gift voucher!

Clare Cody

Lead Teacher on Black Achievement


Primary Resources

Secondary Resources

The Primary Winner !

The Secondary Winner!

Primary Certificate

Secondary Certificate