Sharing some Black History Month creativity

Wall with carnival masks, coloured paper feathers, poems and photographs of chhildren with masks

It’s always great to inspire children to creativity, so we were delighted to hear about the work created by pupils at the three Kingsway Community Trust primary schools in Manchester (Cringlebrook, Green End and Ladybarn) inspired by our Black History Month theme of We Are Carnival! The schools held assemblies which were based on discussions with Linford Sweeney after the first of his Carnival workshops that we hosted. They asked us if we could share some of their work with a wider audience, so here are a selection of photographs and pieces of writing, reproduced by kind permission of Kingsway Community Trust and the parents/guardians of the pupils. We have also linked to the websites for the three schools, which have more pictures and video, including a carnival themed poem from Mr Nelson at Green End, who in addition to being a teacher is also a poet and DJ under the name of Chris Jam!

From the websites:

The theme for BHM this year was Manchester’s Caribbean Carnival due to its 50th anniversary.

In  our Black History Month assembly, children heard about the history of the carnival from the times of slavery and colonialism on the Island of Trinidad and interestingly found out  how Steel Pans were invented. Classes undertook carnival themed activities such as poems, posters and designing head dresses. Amazingly, some children also worked on these themselves at home!

Manchester Libraries will be featuring our work online.

In addition, Legacy FM radio will be sharing the poems on  their show! As well as carnival related poems, some Year 5 children who were working on Benjamin Zephaniah and Malala Yousafzai in English, wrote poems about them to celebrate BHM further. Currently, Year 6 children are writing their own versions of Maya Angelou’s  ‘Caged Bird’  –  some of which will also feature on the radio.

Some of the Carnival activity from Green End – find more at

Caribbean Carnivals

Dancing, fluttering

The British come and take it

away, depression,

anger filled with rage, the

Caribbean comes and finds

 a new  way

Sadness, anger flushed away

Jamaica’s neighbours

come to the parade

Laughter, chuckles through

out the way, nobody can

bother them.


The steel pans

Such an audacious way

you can come

and play with them

The 70S

Such wonderful years

Manchester’s diverse

And Caribbean parades are here

Everyone comes here and

enjoys the beautiful Caribbean


By Hamza

The Caribbean Carnival

Music and pop, crackles and sound, all

Taken from where it was found

The British came in and made one sin

Though that’s not where it starts

Years and years ago, when mercy didn’t flow

The British came and took the throne

Sadness and rage became one stage

People’s hearts were bound to blow

Music was banned

And people’s hearts couldn’t stand

For what was right for what was taken from them

The sounds of rage filled one page

The chapter’s message was not engraved

For those who were used as a slave to the fighters

Who were brave to the fighters in the grave

The music of drums was meant to say I want to play

But the steel pan is now in its space bringing melodies to all who listen to it

By Amarachi

Here’s some of the activity from Cringlebrook – you can find more here:

And here’s some of the work from Ladybarn – see more at

Thank you to all concerned for showing us some of the ways in which learning about Carnival has inspired you!