Diversity, Racism and Discrimination Assemblies
Later this term we shall be having an organisation called Arise (anti-racism in schools and education) coming in to deliver assemblies for Year 1 to Year 6 on diversity, racism and discrimination. The assemblies will all be age appropriate.
During this assembly, we start to explore ideas around diversity. We will talk about different, religions, communities, physical abilities and skin colour, stressing the importance of treating everybody equally. We will then go on to discuss racism, what it means and what it can look like. The children are encouraged to think about how it would feel to be a victim of racism then think about whom to talk to if they witness/experience racism. We will also talk about afro hair and the importance of being kind to people regardless of their hair texture. Throughout the session the children will hear stories and have a chance to talk to each other about what they are learning. The overarching message of the assembly is to see the beauty in diversity, treat everybody fairly and equally and stand up for ourselves and each other.
Lower KS2 Assembly
During this assembly, we will look at vocabulary around equality in particular discrimination, prejudice and racism. We will look at various communities in the UK and discuss the importance of treating everybody equally regardless of who they are, what language they speak and what they look like. The children will then hear stories about racism and are encouraged to think about why it is wrong and how a victim or racism might feel. We will then discuss different examples of racism and (telling jokes, making fun of people's names etc) allowing the children to see how it manifests itself. The session will end with the children gaining the skills to be actively anti-racist and know what to do if they see or experience racism. The children are also empowered to follow their dreams regardless of who they are and what they look like.
Upper KS2 Assembly
This assembly starts by looking at Human Rights. The children are encouraged to think about what Human Rights are and whether they should ever be denied. The children will then be introduced to the idea of anti-racism as a human right. We will discuss why it's important and what we can do to ensure everybody is afforded this right. We will then look at racism in detail, discussing individual acts of racism and institutional racism. The children will then have a look at some anti-racism activists of the past and are encouraged to do their bit to make the world a better place
We are looking forward to discussing these important themes in school. We also hope that your children will talk with you about what they have learned when they get home.