Manisha Tailor, Luther Blissett and Clint Easton visit Andrews Lane Primary School for a day of workshops and fitness sessions.
We have learned words such as ‘mixed-race’ and ‘mixed-heritage’. We should not judge people because of their religion, skin colour, nationality or culture.
Students from Andrews Lane Primary School
Today in partnership with Herts for Learning, Show Racism the Red Card continued our works visiting great schools in Hertfordshire to talk to students about racism and stereotypes.
Our inspirational educators Manisha Tailor and Clint Easton, along with local hero Luther Blissett, visited Andrews Lane Primary today in Cheshunt to work with 100 year 4, 5 and 6 students. Workshops around stereotypes, team work and terminology were presented by Manisha and Clint, while ex-Watford player Luther put the students through their paces and encouraged teamwork and respect in the fitness session.
As usual Students really enjoyed the workshops and learned a lot on the day. “We found the DVD interesting and learned that we should not be racist – it is bad! We now understand that if we use words like ‘black’ to describe someone as an adjective it is not racist, we have to think about how we say things to other people. We have learned words such as ‘mixed-race’ and ‘mixed-heritage’. We should not judge people because of their religion, skin colour, nationality or culture. You are allowed to describe someone, but in a nice way – racism needs to stop. We really enjoyed today and liked performing the rap poem and working in groups, this meant we had to work in teams and we liked this”. (Year 5 pupils from Andrews Lane Primary School, Cheshunt).
Students especially enjoyed doing the rap/poem exercise with some great results!
'Racism is wrong, respecting is right, we will prevent racism tonight. Respecting people's cultures is good in every way, so we will stop racism every day. We will never lie, our confidence is what we do, so join us now and you could do it too!' – Student from Andrews Lane Primary.
Teachers also found the day really interesting. “Through the workshop that Manisha delivered I have gained a better understanding of the terminology used when describing people. For example using the term ‘mixed-heritage’. The pupils in the class have learned a lot and were able to work in groups to create and present their poems. Moving forward we now know the work that we have to do”. (Helen Keogh – Year 5 class teacher, Andrews Lane Primary School, Cheshunt).
Our workshops are all about empowering students to feel confident with themselves and staff to identify and tackle any issues that arise.
Many thanks to the great staff and students at Andrews Lane Primary for welcoming us into your school, and helping create a really special day.
A special thanks to Herts for Learning for supporting our important work.