The Windrush generation

This lesson uses a very simple poem to convey the feelings of the Caribbean immigrants who arrived in Britain in the 1940s and 50s.

The first wave of immigrants started with the arrival of a troop ship from Jamaica called the ‘Empire Windrush’. The people who came to Britain from the West Indies came to be known as the ‘Windrush’ generation. Students will create their own poem, as well as discussing problems faced by immigrants and writing a letter, imagining themselves as new immigrants.


Immigration, difficulties faced by immigrants coming to the UK


  • To practise speaking skills in a discussion
  • To listen to a poem, and review related vocabulary
  • To write a version of a poem in English
  • To practise reading short texts and paraphrasing
  • To practise writing an informal letter

Age group:

12 years old - adult


CEF Level B1 and above


90-120 minutes over two lessons


  • Lesson plan
  • The Windrush generation student worksheets
Language Level


Submitted by mamez on Thu, 04/26/2018 - 04:50


I would like to know if Clare Lavery is the author of the poem as well as of the lesson, and what the title of the poem is. Thanks in advance.

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Thu, 04/26/2018 - 13:41

In reply to by mamez


HI Mamez, Yes, I believe that Clare Lavery also wrote the poem for this lesson on the Windrush Generation. Thanks, Cath TE Team

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