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A cross curricula approach to discovering Identity, Activism and Cultural Expression

The slogan No Colour Bar is and was a universal message about tolerance and acceptance. The first No Colour Bar resource pack has been developed with a view to not to fall only into the Black history or citizenship categories and therefore shelved until 'Black History month'). The themes about migration and identity are relevant today, so we have lessons that cut across society at large and connect with key National Curriculum subjects. The current resource pack is aimed at Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3 for young people aged 7 - 14 years old. Whilst the lessons can be delivered as a stand alone basis, the design of the pack allows for creativity across the worksheets and themes.

Our aim is to support Teachers, families and young people to gain access to materials that will enrich and supplement current lessons and learning. As a digital learning resource, we are keen for the content, which draws on information and materials from the Huntley Archives, to be used and accessible all year around, adding to wider discussions around citizenship, heritage, identity and communications. To access the full pack, please contact us at

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Themes for Learning Across the Curriculum

The No Colour Bar exhibition theme headings are a useful way of thinking about the broader cultural political issues that many of the artists and activists are engaged in. The opportunity to learn from and discuss the key ideas of the time can be explored through these themes which are used to tell the story of the impact of migration on creative arts in the UK: “Elbow Room”, “Broad Shoulders”, “Clenched Fists” and “Open Arms”.

The downloaded worksheets are organised around these four themes and provide activities on the reverse:

A The Art in Communicating
Elbow Room: creating a space for Black arts and cultural practices in Britain

Lesson 1

Lesson 2


External links: 

Lesson 1 Valerie Bloom’s Poem -  ‘Sandwich’ 

Lesson 2 ‘Seeking Refuge’ Series – ‘Ali’s Story’ 

B. Making Place & Creating Spaces
Broad Shoulders: strong, yet brave struggles against oppression and injustice

Lesson 3

Lesson 3 Archive image

C. Activism and Campaigning
Clenched Fists: movements of resistance to and activism against racism, political violence and inequality

Lesson 4
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Lesson 5

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D. Exploring Identity
Open Arms: embracing a new internationalism through solidarity, collaboration and creativity

Lesson 6

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Schools Pack

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