'With Jesus, we learn as a joyful family and flourish to be the best that we can be'
As part of Black History Month, the children in Rigby class learnt about Harriet Tubman and her role in the Underground Railway where she helped enslaved people to freedom. The children created a class poem and their own poems inspired by Harriet Tubman's work. They also looked how patterns in quilts also known as 'freedom quilts' were used by the Underground Railroad as a code for slaves trying to escape to freedom. The children created their own patterns to represent freedom.
Our class poem:
Harriet Tubman was a loyal person
who cared for the people around her.
She may have been a slave
but she was also a hero.
Her parents were taken away from Africa
and forced to work in the hot fields of America.
As a young girl she went back and forth
carrying a large bucket of water.
She watched the slaves working the land
and when freedom could not be found
she played in the forest
watching the birds with her dad.
She may have looked soft
but she was as brave as an eagle.
She found freedom
and yet she went back
again and again
to help people be free.
No-one said it was going to be easy
but still she helped slaves
escape into Pennsylvania
where they could be free
to live their lives.