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Lower Key Stage 2 Crime and Punishment
Police

The history of the police does not go as far back as the Anglo-Saxon period. Learn about how the police were formed in the eighteenth century and how their job has changed over the years. Find out about the types of work police officers do and find out about the earliest police officers. Learn about detective work, crime prevention and finally devise your own school campaign to encourage good behaviour.

Session 1 What do police officers do?

Objectives

History

  • Study an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066 such as crime and punishment from the Anglo-Saxons to the present.
  • Address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.

English

  • Draft and write non-narrative material, using simple organisational devices [for example, headings and sub-headings].

Art

  • Improve mastery of art and design techniques.
  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.

Planning and Activities

Find out what a police officer does and make drawings of police officers at work.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To make drawings of police officers at work.

Children will:

  • Find out what a police officer does today as a prelude to doing historical research.
  • Write a job description.
  • Draw an image of a person doing a task.

You Will Need

  • Drawing materials, e.g. pencils, coloured pencils, felt tips

Session 2 The earliest police officers

Objectives

History

  • Study an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066 such as crime and punishment from the Anglo-Saxons to the present.
  • Address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.

English

  • Draft and write non-narrative material, using simple organisational devices [for example, headings and sub-headings].

Art

  • Improve mastery of art and design techniques.
  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.

Planning and Activities

Draw a poster to recruit more police officers.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To draw a poster to recruit more police officers.

Children will:

  • Devise questions for historical research.
  • Carry out historical research guided by research questions.
  • Write and/or draw a creative response to their historical research.

You Will Need

  • Drawing materials, e.g. pencils, charcoal

Session 3 Detectives

Objectives

History

  • Study an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066 such as crime and punishment from the Anglo-Saxons to the present.
  • Address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.

English

  • Draft and write by composing and rehearsing sentences orally (including dialogue), progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures.

Art

  • Improve mastery of art and design techniques.
  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.

Planning and Activities

Address questions of cause and significance when drawing the story of a detective case as a cartoon.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To draw the story of a detective case as a cartoon.

Children will:

  • Address questions of cause and significance based on historical sources.
  • Improvise the story of a historical criminal case.
  • Write and/or draw a narrative version of an historical event.

You Will Need

  • Drawing materials e.g. pencils, felt tips

Session 4 Preventing crime

Objectives

History

  • Study an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066 such as crime and punishment from the Anglo-Saxons to the present.
  • Address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.
  • Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources, and evaluate the reliability of each of these sources.

English

  • Become more familiar with and confident in using language in a greater variety of situations, for a variety of audiences and purposes, including through drama, formal presentations and debate.

Art

  • Improve mastery of art and design techniques.
  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.

Planning and Activities

Explore sources about police crime prevention in order to make a poster to help prevent wrong-doing or accidents in school.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To make a poster to help prevent wrong-doing or accidents in school.

Children will:

  • Explore sources about police crime prevention.
  • Make a poster or a presentation inspired by a historical theme .

Provided Resources

  • Police crime prevention campaigns

You Will Need

  • Drawing materials, e.g. pencils, felt tips
  • Potentially video cameras

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.