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Magistrates in the Community

This morning we had a visit from Magistrates in the Community. Our visitors, both Magistrates, shared with us their experiences and led a mock shoplifting trial.

We found out the following:

  • Anyone over the age of 18 – with no criminal record – can apply and train to be a magistrate.
  • Magistrates are volunteers – they do not get paid for the work they do. They must commit to 26 mornings a year.
  • You don’t need any qualifications to become a magistrate.
  • You do need the following qualities: a fair mind, respect for all people, an ability to focus on the facts and remain unbiased.
  • 96% of criminal trials in the UK are dealt with in the Magistrates Court. Only 4% go to the Crown Court.
  • In a Magistrates Court there are three magistrates, one of whom acts as Chairman. They are guided in the law by a legal advisor.
  • If guilty, sentencing can include discharge – fines – community order – prison (maximum of a six-month sentence).

We then took part in a mock trial based on shoplifting. We learnt about how a Magistrates' Court works and got the chance to enact a Magistrates' hearing. Three children acted as Magistrates for a shoplifting case, with other members of the class playing the defendant, witnesses, Lawyers, and court staff. The court adjourned and the Magistrates discussed in private whether they thought the defendant was guilty or not guilty. 

A really fun and interesting morning, with some great acting skills bringing the case to life!

We thoroughly enjoyed it and most of the class found the defendant guilty!

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A busy term 1!

Class 4 have enjoyed a busy Autumn Term 1. Our English work, based on ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’ has inspired us to write poetry and adventure stories. We especially enjoyed exploring the characters through some drama work.

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In our topic lessons, we have explored Invaders and Settlers, learning about Anglo-Saxon settlement and life in Britain at this time.

We have made a flying start to our Maths and enjoyed a TTRS battle – Year 5 versus Year 6!

National Poetry Day saw us writing some impressive kennings based on our topic work and this year’s theme, ‘Refuge’.

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We also enjoyed a visit from Coram Life Education and a workshop in their ‘LifeSpace’ classroom entitled ‘Friends’. During the session, we discussed looking after our mental health, as well as physical health – and the connection between the two – using the Wellbeing Wheel. We also considered how to ensure our online behaviour is healthy and balanced.

We are excited to get stuck into term 2!

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