We continue our messages this week with another message that supports our home learners in terms of Living and Learning.
Last week, our Living and Learning statement was ‘I see things from other people’s point of view’. This statement linked with the British value of mutual respect and tolerance. It promotes empathy and understanding.
We got some great feedback from some parents and carers about the ideas and resources we presented, including this, in reference to the Sesame Street clip (we’ve edited the comment to make sure it’s anonymous):
‘[My child] has had a few negative comments about her skin (this was addressed). But she says every day she wants to look like all her friends – she wants white skin and straight hair. We explain about skin colour etc and how lucky [she is]. But she still wants to have white skin. This video clicked with her. She understood that everyone is the same even though they may look different.’
Whilst really encouraging, the comment made us sad to note the negative comments had been made in the first place. Imagine the impact if we all took on board the simple message of the Sesame Street clip: ‘we’re different, we’re the same’.
If you didn’t find time to think about last week’s Living and Learning theme with your child, please do.
As well as he three book list recommendations from last week, we’ve one extra book list that you might want to check out, from Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books:
- Seven Stories: ‘Black stories matter’
- The Guardian: ‘No reader is too young to start’: anti-racist books for all children and teens’
- The Daily Express: ‘Children’s books about race: The best books to teach your children about race’
- Quarto Knows: ‘Anti-racist books for kids’