Culture Day - Dr Manny Barrow
On Thursday 8th February we held a cultural awareness day, we were visited by Dr Manny Barrow and his daughter Miss Chloe. Dr Manny told us of his story as a young boy growing up in Africa, and the difficult life he had with his mother and siblings. His family moved to England at the age of 8 in search of a better life.
During assembly we looked at artwork based on the works of Olly Moss, and guessed the characters that were being displayed, by just seeing a black outline. Dr Manny was impressed by our knowledge and discovered that we must watch a lot of TV! Dr Manny and Miss Chloe told us their story of childhood, of being labelled 'different' and treated unfairly because of this. Dr Manny challenged us to think of ways to make a person feel included; we had some great ideas such as saying nice things to that person, asking them to play, helping them with things and something as simple as a smile.
In the afternoon KS2 attended workshops held by Dr Manny and Miss Chloe.
Dr Manny asked 15 true or false questions about the story. The idea of the questions was to show how we assume things/make assumptions. So for example: 'Was the princess beautiful?' Everyone said true. 'I never said the princess was beautiful.'
Count the F's.
Students had 20 seconds to read a paragraph, had to count all the F's. Students had 3 attempts to count properly. Some students said 2, some said 6. Shows how people see things differently. Not just one way of seeing the world.
Working in pairs.
On a poster, one column 'Things That Make Us Different' and in one column, 'Things That Make Us The Same'. In pairs they had to say what was the same and different about each other. They learnt new things about each other. Learnt what they had in common.
Class 4 wrote letters of thanks to Dr Manny. Take a look at a few of them: