Arrivals & Departures

Conjuring up the atmosphere of the Caribbean
For the introduction to the Caribbean you will need: a globe or world map. Optional – a pointer for tracing the journey (or students could follow the journey with their finger, or you could demonstrate while they watch.) We recommend that you choose either Fruits of the Caribbean (a sensory and art activity) or Flying Fish (a movement and art activity).
For Fruits of the Carribean you will need:
Real fruits or juices from the Caribbean e.g. mango, custard apple, banana, sour sop, avocado, coconut.
A knife, for the teacher to cut open the fruit.
Print-outs of the attached fruit design to colour and decorate.
A choice of art / craft materials for decoration – colours, glitter, glue, pompoms, feathers etc.
Nylon thread to hang up the finished fruit designs in the classroom.
For Flying Fish activity you will need:
Folded paper fans (or any other type of fan).
Floaty scarves or material.
Print-outs of the attached flying fish design to colour and decorate.
A choice of art / craft materials for decoration – colours, glitter, glue, metallic craft paper etc.
Nylon thread to hang up the finished fish designs.

This is our world, Planet Earth.

Let’s look for the Caribbean together on our map, or globe. We can trace the journey from the Caribbean to the UK. Does anyone have members of their family who live there? The Caribbean is a collection of several islands. You might recognise the names of some of them. Jamaica, Dominica, Barbados…do you know any others? Can we find them on the map? A team of people from Entelechy Arts collected stories from older people who live in London for Little Boxes of Memories. This photo shows Winston talking to the Entelechy artists and being recorded. Winston told us that in the 1960s he travelled from the Island of Barbados in the Caribbean, to London. He found that London was very different from the Caribbean, especially the weather.

Fruits of the Caribbean

What was the Caribbean like in the 1960s? A lot of people who lived in the Caribbean at that time were farmers or fishermen. Many travelled to London in search of better-paid work. One of the men interviewed by Entelechy Arts came to London from Jamaica in the 1950s when he was a boy. He says he was the first ever Jamaican boy at his school in southeast London. Although he has been in London for a long time, he can still remember the taste of the fruits of the Caribbean that he ate when he was a child. Let’s listen to him talking about fruit. Sensory exploration: Examine some real fruits and juices from the Caribbean. What are their names? Look at the shapes and textures of the different fruits together. Before we cut open the fruits, try to guess what they will look like inside – What colour will they be? Will there be seeds inside? Cut them open. Is what we find inside surprising? What is the texture like? How do they… look? taste? feel? smell? Art / craft: Decorate some pictures of fruit from the Caribbean. Download the fruit templates and add colour and glitter. We can hang these up in the classroom to remind us of the Caribbean.

Flying Fish

When Winston lived in Barbados, he was a fisherman. Listen to him talking about catching flying fish in the Caribbean and how the boats in those days had to follow the wind. Movement activity: Watch the video of flying fish. Play the video again while moving around the room, like flying fish or boats being blown in the wind. Create wind with paper fans, or swirl floaty scarves or fabric in the air. Art / Craft activity: Download, print and decorate the pictures of flying fish. Use glitter and metallic paper so they catch the light. Hang up the fish in the classroom to remind us of the Caribbean sea.

Flying Fish, Dance and Cool Down

Dance activity: Listen and dance to some popular music from the 1960s! Jamaican singer Millie Small became famous with "My Boy Lollipop" when she was a teenager in 1964. Here is clip of her performing the song. Cool down activity: Here is a poem called Midsummer Tobago, by a poet from the Caribbean called Derek Walcott, to be read out loud by the teacher. Listen to the words. If there are some words that you like, repeat them. Sing them. Make them into a chant or song.