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Mandela Class

Welcome to Mandela Class!

Our class is made up of children of different ages and year groups across the school so it is unique! We have spaces for 12 children with speech and language needs and at present we have 12 children from  Year R, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5. Our children also belong to their year group class so they can enjoy activities and friendships with their peers as well as benefit from the one-to-one and small group learning we provide in Mandela Class.


Meet the Mandela team!

Ms S. Erkul  - SRP Teacher

Mrs N. Watson - Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Mrs K. Henderson - Teaching Assistant

Ms L. Adams - Speech & Language Therapist




Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela was born in South Africa on 18th July 1918. He was named Rolihlahla (meaning ‘troublemaker’) by his family, but later on at school his teacher called him Nelson because she couldn’t pronounce Rolihlahla. Nelson did well at school and he went on to study university and become a lawyer.

When Mandela was growing up, black people in South Africa lived a hard life. They worked mainly in mines and factories or worked as servants in the homes of white families. Black people were treated badly by the white population and in 1948 new apartheid laws were introduced. This meant that black people were not allowed to use the same buses and trains or the same restaurants as white people. They lived in separate areas and black and white children went to different schools. Black people had to carry a passbook with them wherever they went so that the police could check them.

Mandela was very angry about apartheid. He became the leader of an anti-government organisation called the African National Congress (the ANC) and organised protests. He refused to carry a passbook and burned it in a public place. The government did not like Mandela and his supporters, so in 1956 they arrested him and 155 other black people. Mandela was sent to prison for five years.

When he came out, he was only free for a year and was arrested again in 1962. He was given a life sentence which he spent most of at a prison on Robben Island. Mandela spent the next 27 years behind bars. The whole world was angry about him being imprisoned for his beliefs and the South African government was under a lot of pressure to set him free. In 1984 a hit song called ‘Free Nelson Mandela’ became number one in the UK charts.

Eventually, in 1990, Mandela was freed from prison. Black and white South Africans lined the streets to wait for him and cheer as he came out. Four years later, in 1994, Mandela was elected the first black president of South Africa. He called on his country for blacks and whites to live together as a ‘rainbow nation’ in peace and harmony.

Nelson Mandela died in 2013 at the age of 95. He was mourned around the world and is respected today as a hero.