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Building Each Other Up in Love and Learning

Year 6 in the dock

The first day back after the half-term holidays saw Toby from Year 6 in the dock at Lavender Hill Magistrates' Court in Clapham.

Charged with the theft of a satellite-navigation system from a car, he sat impassively as the charges were read to him by the court clerk. Fortunately for Toby, the charges were part of a play script devised by the magistrates to show the children the type of work carried out by courts!

Other members of the class took on the roles of magistrates, usher, defence and prosecution solicitors as well as witnesses. The morning also encompassed a visit to the cells and an opportunity to learn about the criminal justice system including the age of criminal responsibility.

This learning, part of the PHSE curriculum 'Me as a citizen', was linked to the 'Rule of law', which Year 6 study as part of British Values.

6K played their parts brilliantly asking pertinent and thoughtful questions. The magistrates commented on their excellent behaviour and looked forward to never seeing them in the court again!

Unfortunately for Toby (as Dennis Lightfinger), the unanimous guilty verdict meant the magistrates would need to consider his sentence and he left court proclaiming his innocence.