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Equalities Month: February 2020

Throughout February, we are celebrating diversity at Nightingale by holding our first ever Equalities Month. What does this mean? Children across the school will be learning about what it means to have equal rights in our society. Our school represents one of the most diverse ethnic communities in the United Kingdom with over 30 different nations from around the world. It is our responsibility to ensure our pupils’ heritage, religious beliefs and gender are respected and celebrated in equal measure. We currently do this with a host of events, from the whole school Nativity performance to exploring the Festival of Colour during our Holi celebrations.

This year, we are taking this one step further to ensure we educate children on the importance of accepting and embracing differences in all facets of society; through a variety of learning experiences, including the Stonewall Riots in support of the LGBTQ+ community alongside debating animal rights.

What will your child be learning about?

  • In Nursery and Reception children will be exploring their differences using the books It’s Okay To Be Different and The Family Book.
  • In Year 1 and 2 children will develop an understanding of Amnesty International Child’s rights charter examining the book, We Are All Born Free.
  • In Year 3 and 4 children will study the origin of Stonewall riots by reading Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution.
  • In Year 5, our children will delve deeper into their study of World War 2. They will focus on the mathematician Alan Touring and his contributions to society whilst struggling for equality.
  • In Year 6 the children will debate the rights of animals in our society, tackling tough topics such as keeping animals in captivity and veganism.

We have to prepare our pupils for the diverse nature of society. We value the rights and beliefs of our community and want our children to not only accept but embrace the differences with open minds.

If you have any questions or concerns around the nature of the content taught during our Equalities month, or have thoughts on how you would like to participate, please come and speak to us as we welcome the support!