Years 5 and 6 went on a short walk today to Cefn Druids to’show Racism The Red Card’.
The pupils listened to presentations on what is Racism and played some games to help their understanding. They were told that no 2 people have the same skin colour – there are actually over 7 million different skin colours!
We talked about different stereotypes and how we shouldn’t ‘judge a book by it’s cover’. The children were told that the saying ‘Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me’ is not always true. Many children said that they had broken bones and that after a few weeks in plaster, their bone was fine. BUT, if people have been subjected to racists abuse sometimes the hurt doesn’t go away. They were told that some words are NEVER acceptable to use and given a bit of history to illustrate why these words were considered so hurtful and offensive.
The pupils had to play a game where they matched pictures of famous people to their description, eg, teacher, Muslim, Christian, and even the teachers joined in. It turns out that we are not very good at guessing peoples jobs or status just by what they look like! We didn’t get many right and there were a few surprises! We were reminded that as Dr. Martin Luther King said in his famous speech, we should judge people on the ‘content of their character’ – get to know someone before you judge them.
The pupils homework this week will be to write a newspaper article about racism, to enter a competition run by “Show Racism the Red Card”.
The website for more information about combating racism can be found here http://www.srtrc.org/