Day events including; citizenship, global awareness & Black History Month workshops for Primary Schools and Early Years

Welcome to African Activities Black History Month workshops, citizenship events and global awareness days for primary schools. We bring a unique range of activities to your school all designed to challenge, inspire, educate and entertain.

Workshops are available for primary schools with short workshops and long term art residencies available. Content is tailored to meet the needs and learning objectives of your students.

Our black history month workshops, celebrate and share the fantastic things about West African, and specifically Ghanaian, Senegalese, Gambian and Guinean culture.

 

For many primary school children the main introduction to Africa can be one of poverty and disease it is a joy to bring the music, dance, stories and culture that we are so proud of.

 

A single practitioner can visit and see 6 classes a day with one activity. If you are a smaller school, perhaps for example an infant or junior school, it is possible to offer a morning of art to three classes followed by an afternoon of music.

 

Alternatively for larger primary schools the African takeover enables us to bring a number of practitioners for an off timetable day. This will include all of the activities plus performance and the opportunity to explore the diversity and differences across West Africa.

Art workshop during a Africa Day at a primary school

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Drumming

Dancing

Recycling

Textiles

drumming workshops for primary school africa days

African Drumming workshops - we will bring a drum for every student with a maximum class size of 40 (up to 56 depending on practitioner available). Drums are sized for primary school children and the rhythms are pitched at the appropriate level.

 

Drum workshops come with stories, movement and song linked to Black History month, for example the role of a Griot as the keeper of his peoples' history within song.

 

dance workshops for Africa days in primary schools

African dance movement uses professional dancers.  The lion dance from Senegal is a highly energetic and balletic tradition suitable for older children in key stages 2 and 3.  Dance from Ghana includes Adowa in which the movements tell a story, that works very well with younger and older children alike.

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Recycling workshops

Your class will turn milk bottles into birds, masks, elephants and more!  Each child/student will need to bring in a clean empty plastic milk bottle and old newspapers or magazines, with the school providing glue and paint.

Adinkra printing explores the symbols of the Ashanti people and students will stamp and print a cloth with the symbols that are representative of themselves.  Key stage 2 children may wish to craft their own stamps; for early years and key stage 1 stamps are provided.

 

These cloths can be joined to create a patchwork of unity to be installed in your primary school. Cloth can also be mounted for students to take home. The workshop is the only one to have an extra material cost at £10 per class of 30. It is also possible for students to print directly onto a t-shirt they can wear at an extra charge of £3 per student. The paint used in this case is acrylic and withstand washing as a delicates item.

Running a Workshop

 

Let us know your learning objectives and desired outcomes early and we can work together to plan the best outcome for your school.

 

We bring everything you might need - the only extras are:

 

For junk modelling, we will ask students to select specific items.  For example, to make masks they will need to bring a milk bottle and newspapers and magazines.

 

For Adinkra there is a materials charge of £10 per class of 30.

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How can we combine Workshops?

 

During the sessions, clothing and masks can be produced for performance, as can the instruments themselves!  Storytelling and song can be used as part of the sessions to engage students and to ensure they leave the session with an even deeper understanding of Ghanaian culture.  There is no additional charge for mixing and matching any of our workshops, but remember one practitioner can only be in one place at one time!

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Day and week events For Primary Schools

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