PUPILS at a primary school are celebrating Black History Month by expanding their knowledge of the culture, history and achievements of black people using dynamic digital content.

Harbour Primary School in Newhaven is hosting a series of special lessons and activities to mark the month using resources from Discovery Education.

The books, videos and activities are designed to help children explore the achievements of black people everywhere, as well as learn about the struggle for racial equality through inspirational figures from history.

Headteacher Lyn White said: "Black History Month is an opportunity to shine a light on exceptional people whose stories have often been ignored.

"Using Discovery Education's engaging digital resources, we've been able to bring these stories to life for our pupils while teaching them about themes such as fairness and equality."

Pupils have learned about figures such as Walter Tull, a British professional footballer who joined the army at the start of the First World War and became the first black officer to lead white soldiers into battle.

Oscar, 10, said: "I think that the Walter Tull story is an inspiring story that will always be in my head.

"He went through really hard times but channelled this into determination and came out the hero he was."

Lyn explained that the children have enjoyed learning more about inspiring people during Black History Month.

She said: "We're looking forward to discovering more about black history in the coming weeks, using the digital resources to help our pupils celebrate and understand the impact of black heritage and culture."

Black History Month was first celebrated in the UK in October 1987, the same year as the 150th anniversary of Caribbean emancipation.

The month was originally founded to recognise the contributions made by people from African and Caribbean backgrounds over many generations in Britain, but now includes the history and culture of black people in general.

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