Windrush Child

Our next book takes us to the events just after WW2: Windrush Child by Benjamin Zephaniah, is a heart-stopping adventure, that shows us what it was like to be a child of the Windrush generation.  We begin by examining a range of historical evidence relating to HSS Empire Windrush’s arrival in Britain from the Caribbean and consider the motivations of those onboard for coming to the UK.  Working through the story, they uncover a timeline of Jamaica’s history alongside the experiences of those journeying to Britain after the Second World War.  Children will write an airmail letter from the main character, Leonard, to his dad who has travelled ahead to Manchester, as well as exploring his emotions in a diary entry and a set of advice to other arrivals. There will be the chance for children to examine and perform the poem Windrush Child by John Agard before writing their own version based on events in the story.  The sequence culminates in children writing a pitch to the local council to erect a new monument to commemorate the Windrush generation.

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