Year 6

Unit Overview

In the Maafa project, your child will learn about Africa today and the ancient kingdoms that thrived on the continent for thousands of years. They will learn about the origins of the transatlantic slave trade in the 15th century and Britain’s involvement from the time of Elizabeth I, when John Hawkins became the first British slave trader. Your child will understand the structure of the transatlantic slave trade and the consequences of enslavement for enslaved people. They will also discover how the people of Britain benefited from the money and goods produced by the slave trade. They will learn about the causes and consequences of the abolition of slavery in the 19th century, the worldwide African diaspora and the European colonisation in Africa. They will explore the lives and actions of black people in 20th century Britain. They will understand how the Race Relations Act of 1965 became the first piece of British legislation to tackle racial discrimination and know that the Equality Act 2010 provides people with protection against racism and other forms of discrimination, today. Your child will also explore the lives of black people who have made significant contributions to Britain and will celebrate black culture in Britain today.


Children will be given time to work in groups to discover more about life in Africa today. They will use a range of resources to research this fascinating topic.

Remembering the international slave trade - Now Press Play will give children an interactive experience to discover more about the slave trade.


Throughout this unit of work we will be writing a narrative inspired by Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine and The Journey by Francesca Sanna


In this unit of work we will imagine what it would be like to travel along the 'underground railroad' to help slaves escape!

Unit Sequence: Learning Intentions

  1. To describe the human geography of Africa (geography).

  2. To learn about an ancient society (history).

  3. To understand motives of leaders and monarchs (history).

  4. To understand Britain's role in the slave trade (history).

  5. To describe the Triangular Slave Trade (history).

  6. To evaluate the impact of slavery on humans (history).

  7. To understand what life was like on a Caribbean plantation (history).

  8. The Abolition of slavery (history)

  9. Life after abolition and colonisation of Africa (history)


Children will use all of their knowledge accumulated over the unit to go head to head with their classmates in an exciting quiz 'All about the Slave Trade'. Who will be the winner of this fact based quiz?


The class will be reading Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine