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St Martin's School

St Martin'sSchool

Term 4

Our topic this term is entitled '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 y 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 wll 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 previously learned.


For our Learning lift-off this term, Year 5 explored Dover caste. We found examples of different defensive features around the castle, such as gatehouses, draw bridges and the keep. We recorded any information we found interesting ready to use to write our tour guides of the castle.


Year 5 were invited to watch a brass band perform at Charlton church. Each member of the band explained what the instrument was they played and played a piece of music that showed off that instrument.