Sunday, 4 February 2018

Running 1000 Miles to Freedom

Last week, Year 6 were lucky enough to visit the Museum of London Docklands to become further immersed in their history topic 'Why should the world be ashamed of slavery?'. 

The children were excited to listen to the story of Ellen Craft, a woman born into slavery in America in the 1820s who later escaped under the disguise of being a man, with her husband (fellow slave William Craft). Between them, they became the most famous fugitive slaves due to their courageous and elaborate escape plan. 

The pupils were then able to explore the exhibition and study letters, artefacts and other historical information to deepen their learning and enhance what we have done in class. 

Although we have learnt about the abominable slave trade in class, it was fascinating to hear a first-hand account of a former slave who managed to escape and find a better life in England. 
Levan Towe-Enu, Redwood class 

This topic has been an extremely interesting challenge for the pupils but has allowed us to explore and debate concepts of freedom, equality and justice as well as hone our skills as historians. The children truly understand why we cannot ever allow this point in history to repeat itself again.
Mr Light

I thought the woman playing Ellen Craft was really engaging and she brought this incredible story to life! 
Teni Adu, Larch class

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