Year 6 took part in a ‘mock trial’. The class were split into two teams. One half of the class was the ‘defence’ team, the other half were the ‘prosecution’ team.

They had to learn and take on specific roles such as court usher, court clerk, magistrates, youth offending team, legal advisors, court artists and reporters. The case before them was a 16 year old girl who had been caught in possession of a significant amount of an illegal drug and was being accused of supplying it. Other pupils had to take on the role of the accused, and the various witnesses that needed to be cross-examined.

In the first competition, our defence took on the prosecution from St. Mary’s Catholic Primary. In the end, Georgie (aka our Alison!) was found ‘not guilty’ – well done defence team.

In the second competition, our prosecution team took on the defence team from Churchdown Village Junior School. This time, the defendant was again found ‘not guilty’ despite a serious cross-examination from our team.

A big thank you to the children for how they approached this, and to our parents who dressed the children for the occasion so well!!

Prayer Day

Class Six ended their World War Two topic on a high just before half term, when they time travelled back to 1940 and were ‘evacuated’ to the countryside. The children were met at the station by ‘Farmer Wells’ who very kindly said he would let them stay on his farm to stay safe from bombing. They travelled by steam train from Winchcombe to Broadway and then back again. Along the way they had a sing-a-long of It’s a Long Way to Tipperary and Run Rabbit, and there was a mysterious German ‘spy’ on the train, who was apprehended at the station. They then went to meet their new ‘teacher’, who told them more about the jobs they may have to do with their new family and they were shown many interesting artefacts. The children also watched a very moving short film about two evacuees and their experiences.  There was also an air raid which meant they had to take cover in an ARP shelter and sit in almost darkness listening to the ‘bombs’ outsides. They found it very scary! Once the all-clear sounded, they had to gather hoses and water and then take it in turns to use a stirrup pump to activate the hoses. They were all very good at that! After this they had a well-earned picnic lunch and Farmer Wells allocated all of the children a job to do – cleaning out pigs and chickens, looking after the horses and some of them were big enough to drive tractors. Unfortunately the children didn’t quite make it to the farm to settle in, as they went back through the time travelling portal (aka the ticket office) and back in to 2023.