Tuesday 4 August 2015

Year 6 - Courts of Justice

At Broadford Primary we believe that all pupils should understand the Rule of Law. The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, when dealing with behaviour as well as through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.

To further bring this concept to life our Year 6 pupils were delighted to be invited to The Royal Courts of Justice in London.  This stunning venue is the setting for the innovative Theatre of Law project - which is delivered to Primary school pupils to improve their understanding of the law and the contemporary justice system.

“Working with young people to understand the law and their role in society at an early age is essential to ensure they play a full part in London’s future. Theatre of Law meets this need and promotes social and emotional skills that underpin effective learning and positive behaviour.”
Matthew Patten, CEO

The project links to English, Citizenship and Drama in the National Curriculum and consists of two days – one at school and one at the Royal Courts of Justice. Our pupils worked on a crime story inspired by a real case. In addition they learnt about the consequences of crimes, debate on punishments and prepared for their mock trial at the Royal Courts of Justice.

In the Court, our pupils acted-out the script. Joe Bowden played the roles of the judge. All the other characters were there and our pupils got to experience it within a real Victorian courtroom, followed by a tour of the Courts.

The project has four aims:

  1. Improve young people’s knowledge and understanding of the law
  2. Give participants the opportunity to learn about the consequences of crime and the impact on individuals and society
  3. Provide an insight into the workings of the Justice system
  4. Raise aspirations amongst those who participated in the project to see the law and related areas as a potential future career

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