Goldington Green Academy

Black Childrens Achievement Programme

Black Children’s Achievement Programme

History of Rap and Hip-Hop July 2019….

Did you know?

Hip hop as both a musical genre and a culture was formed during the 1970s when block parties became increasingly popular in New York City, particularly among African-American and Latino American youth residing in the Bronx.

Femi Lewis is a writer of history and a literature teacher who specializes in African-American history. DJ Kool Herc is credited with throwing the first hip hop party in 1973 in the Bronx. It consists of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted. It developed as part of hip hop culture, a subculture defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching with turntables, break dancing, and graffiti writing.

Over the last 4 weeks the children of years 5 and 6 have been learning about the history of Hop-Hip and Rap through the pupil voice and their production workshops.

They have worked with artist Toke Lettmen who is an African Caribbean dancer, choreographer and Artist Director and Rob Bradley who is an international poetic rapper, storyteller and songwriter. He has performed around the world, from clubs in New York to festivals throughout Europe.

The children gave an outstanding performance to their friends and family members, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.  

BCAP Parents Meeting

Over the last few weeks we have been meeting with some of our Year 6 BCAP parents. Sarah from EqualiTeach led the sessions and shared the work that she carries out with our pupils in Key Stage 2. We discussed how to talk to young people about race equality and racism.  

The workshops provided parents and carers with the opportunity to:

  • Be equipped with starting points for talking about ethnicity and culture with young people.
  • Have a go at some of the activities that the young people have undertaken.
  • See some of the resources that can be used to talk about issues at home.

Mr Muchupuki presented on ways to support children with these issues and the importance of educating their children about their families’ culture, traditions and history. He also spoke about exploring other history to widen the children’s knowledge of the world they live in.

All parents spoke freely about their view on these matters and participated in several activities which were a lot of fun!  

The school purchased several editions of books about famous people from the past and present. This is a new book loan scheme for parents to borrow books and DVDs to share with their children at home. If you are interested in looking at some of the books on offer please do not hesitate to contact me.

The meetings were a great success and we would like to thank all of our parents who attended.

Please view our gallery of photographs from the meetings.

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