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Vale View Primary School

Vale ViewPrimary School

Term 4


Our topic this term is Crime and Punishment.


How has crime and punishment changed over time? Throughout the UK, the police force uses their knowledge and authority to keep our communities safe. We will be learning how the role of the police has changed throughout history and how this is reflected in the crimes and punishments which take place. We will focus on crime and punishment as an aspect of British history that has developed over time.  

As studious historians, we will be able to compare and contrast crimes and punishments throughout different periods of history. We will learn to devise historically valid questions about change and the impact on this on modern living.  We will learn about crime and punishment in different historical periods (including Romans and Tudors) in chronological order and how these ideas have adapted throughout history and are now used in the modern day.  

As a reflective thinker, I will use our knowledge of current affairs (gender, equality, racism) to debate and justify our opinions on historical crimes and punishment. I will learn about primary and secondary sources so that how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources. We will consider our own opinions and use a variety of sources to justify thoughts and answers.

As members of our local community, we will be visited by a local police officer. We will use our knowledge of British Values to ask questions about 21st century crime and punishment. During this time, we can ask historically valid questions about change and significance to further our knowledge that we have previous learned.

World Book Day

We had a wonderful turn out for World Book Day. Many people from the Potter-verse, a wonderful Roman with a beautifully made shield and even a Tracy Beaker! The children spent the day creating a range of book-related work from postcards to character descriptions to being able to explain why they all love reading so much. It was a wonderful day and I can’t wait to find out which books they all decided to buy with their book tokens,

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In English, we have travelled back to the grim and distant times of Beowulf and Grendel. We have visited the mighty mead hall of Heorot and met Hrothgar the Great. We have seen how Grendel has held sway over the Danes until he met his grisly demise. The children have used this to create some brilliant writing as you can see below.