20th January 2022

Dear Parents/Carer

 

Part of the National Curriculum for Key Stage 3 History is to cover the Holocaust of the Second World War. At Biddenham School we elect to focus not only on the genocide of the Second World War but have a collapsed curriculum day with all of Year 8 where our students look at genocides across the 20th century and present century.

 

We tie this in with a focus on promoting the British values of tolerance, diversity and inclusion. These fit well with our school ethos and allow us to help your child to engage with some of the most complex events in modern history in a supportive environment.

 

On the day your child will engage in activities that range from creative use of art materials in a session linked to how the Norwegian people stood up to Nazi oppression to a silent debate when they will try and come up with ways to stand up to bullies and intolerance.

 

The day is tied in with the annual nationwide Holocaust Memorial Day on 27th January – the day that troops liberated the death camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The theme this year is One Day – the hope that one day we will live in a world where we face no discrimination and intolerance. This year Holocaust Memorial Day falls on a Thursday so we are able to hold our event on the same day.

 

Your child will bring a workbook home with them containing the work they have completed during the day and we would encourage you to look through it with them and discuss some of the themes and the activities with them.

 

This will be our fifth annual Holocaust Memorial Day for Year 8 at Biddenham School and I hope that you will support us in engaging with discussions with your daughter/son about their experience of the day.

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

Ree Ann Vaughan

Head of History and Politics

RSE Lead Coordinator