### As teachers, we love to feel proud of our pupils and their achievements. Our aim is to encourage all of our pupils to also feel proud of who they are. ### At LbQ, we were proud to host a discussion with the author Kandace Chimbiri. Her book ‘The Story of the Windrush’ is an excellent starting point for primary pupils to learn about one of the events that marks the beginning of modern Black Britain. In her book, Kandace explains the difficult issues that the Windrush settlers had to face in an honest and sensitive way and within an engaging narrative to make it accessible to primary pupils. Watch the interview [here](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yXB7fHGRHI). ![alt text](/filestore/BlogImage/17a6ae83-48f0-4061-98eb-734c4baa6ef6/a61bbccf-3015-44e9-9258-f867bc7d7b43Kandace.png "") ### To further add to your lesson content for Black History Month, here are a few links to some useful resources from LbQ. For inspiring Black role models in STEM, there are five biographies to choose from: ### * A biography of the intrepid traveller and compassionate nurse – [Mary Seacole](https://www.lbq.org/search/english/reading-comprehension-non-fiction/biographies-and-autobiographies/short-reads-mary-seacole-1-pre-read-?years=1,2,3,4,5,6&hide=true). ### * We also have the biography of the gifted African American mathematician [Katherine Johnson](https://www.lbq.org/search/english/reading-comprehension-non-fiction/biographies-and-autobiographies/short-reads-katherine-johnson-1-pre-read?years=1,2,3,4,5,6&hide=true). ### * The biography of mathematician and computer programmer, [DorothyVaughan](https://www.lbq.org/search/english/reading-comprehension-non-fiction/biographies-and-autobiographies/short-reads-dorothy-vaughan-1-pre-read?years=1,2,3,4,5,6&hide=true), describes the achievements of another talented woman working as a ‘human computer’ for NASA during the time of the Space Race. ### * Another of LbQ’s ‘Hidden Figures’ biographies looks at the life and career of mathematician and physicist, [Mary Jackson](https://www.lbq.org/search/english/reading-comprehension-non-fiction/biographies-and-autobiographies/short-reads-mary-jackson-1-pre-read?years=1,2,3,4,5,6&hide=true). ### * The scientist, doctor and astronaut [Mae Jemison](https://www.lbq.org/search/english/reading-comprehension-non-fiction/biographies-and-autobiographies/short-reads-biography-mae-jemison-1-pre-read?years=1,2,3,4,5,6&hide=true) provides another inspirational role model for aspiring young scientists today. ### In our fiction section, LbQ’s extended read ‘[No Show for Ruben](https://www.lbq.org/search/english/reading-comprehension-fiction/reading-comprehension-fiction/extended-reads-no-show-for-ruben?years=1,2,3,4,5,6&hide=true)’ tells the story of a Year 6 pupil who has great cause for feeling proud of himself as he deals with some powerful emotions and helps his family through tough times. ![alt text](/filestore/BlogImage/17a6ae83-48f0-4061-98eb-734c4baa6ef6/fab38a58-b4dd-4b55-8a7a-472db1e77ce5RoleModels.png "") ### For younger pupils, two stories about Riley, ‘[Riley’s Rainbows](https://www.lbq.org/search/english/reading-comprehension-fiction/reading-comprehension-fiction/extended-reads-rileys-rainbows?years=1,2,3,4,5,6&hide=true)’ and ‘[School Feels Strange for Riley](https://www.lbq.org/search/english/reading-comprehension-fiction/reading-comprehension-fiction/extended-reads-school-feels-strange-for-riley?years=1,2,3,4,5,6&hide=true)’, show how even the smallest acts of kindness can have a great impact on others and mean that you can be proud to be you! ### For more Primary English resources such as biographies, non-fiction, stories and poems, head to LbQ’s [Primary English page](https://www.lbq.org/Search/English?years=1,2,3,4,5,6&hide=true). Many of LbQ’s texts were written by primary teacher and author Kate Wilkinson-Brindle. Kate has nearly 25 years of teaching experience in primary classrooms and has taught pupils from Year 1 to Year 6. Some of her happiest teaching moments have been while sharing great children’s literature with her classes. Recently, Kate has been writing English content for LbQ and trying very hard not to include dragons in all of her stories.