History KS2: Black British Stories

A collection of short films for primary schools, exploring the experiences and contributions of people from communities across the UK, and celebrating the rich contribution of the black community to the culture, society and economy of the UK.

In each film, pupils are introduced to different role models, focusing in particular on the experiences and contributors of black British people in post-war Britain. Each of these central characters is interviewed by a child of a similar age to your pupils.

These short films are suitable for teaching history at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and at 2nd Level in Scotland. In the Key Stage 2 primary national curriculum in England, this series of history films fits neatly into a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066. Each film comes with teacher notes that detail some other areas of the curriculum beyond history that can link with the topics covered. These notes link to Scottish, English, Welsh and Northern Irish curriculums. All films also have a strong link to the PSHE curriculum, whether it is looking at identity and culture, community and responsibilities, diversity and challenging prejudice or career and aspirations. More information for teachers can be found on each page below.

We recommend starting by watching the film for teachers with Kara Joseph, who offers advice on how these short films might be used in the classroom.

You can also download these teaching guidelines, which were created for another BBC Teach series but contain relevant information for using videos in the classroom.

Primary teacher and deputy head Kara Joseph gives advice and guidance on how these short films might be used the classroom.

Mac Williams - Working in the coal mining industry
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Alison Bennison - Working as a NHS nurse
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Christina Shingler - Becoming an author of children's literature
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David Mwanaka - Becoming a farmer in Britain
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Dennis Morris - Becoming a photographer
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Elsie Owusu - Becoming an architect in Britain
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Eunice Olumide - Breaking into the fashion business
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Magid Magid - Becoming the youngest ever Lord Mayor of Sheffield
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Vernon Samuels - The Bristol Bus Boycott of 1963
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Yesha Townsend - A Bermudian poet in London
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External learning-related websites:

  • Salford City Council - A selection of lesson plans for teaching KS2 pupils about the Empire Windrush and Caribbean migration.