On 22nd June people across the UK celebrate Windrush Day… but what is it all about?
Who are the Windrush generation and why are they so important?
Watch this video to find out more https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/43793769
John Agard is playwright, poet and children’s writer. He was born on the Caribbean island of Guyana and he now lives in Britain.
Listen to his poem Windrush Child.
1. What do you think the poem is about?
2 Which words or phrases tell you what the Windrush child left behind?
3. What sort of place was it?
4. Who will the child miss?
5. Why is the child’s grandmother important to them?
6. 'Windrush child' is repeated four times in the first four verses of the poem. Why do you think the poet chose to do this?
7. Can you find another repetition or echo in the poem? Why do you think the poet chose to do this?
8. Do you like the poem? Why/why not?
What actions could you use to represent the palm trees waving goodbye? What about the blue water rolling by?
Think of actions to represent the sections that are highlighted in yellow.
Now practise performing the poem with actions to your adult.
Windrush Child by John Agard
palm trees wave goodbye
seabirds asking why
blue water rolling by
your Windrush mum and dad
think of storytime yard
and mango mornings
and new beginnings
doors closing and opening
will things turn out right?
At least the ship will arrive
in midsummer light
and you Windrush child
think of grandmother
telling you don't forget to write
and with one last hug
walk good walk good
and the sea's wheel carries on spinning
and from that place England
you tell her in a letter
of your Windrush adventure
stepping in a big ship
not knowing how long the journey
or that you're stepping into history
bringing your Caribbean eye
to another horizon
grandmother's words your shining beacon
learning how to fly
the kite of your dreams
in an English sky
walking good walking good
in a mind-openingmeeting of snow and sun