May 3, 2019

National Justice Museum

Pupils from Years 1 to 6 enjoyed a day at the National Justice Museum yesterday.

Years 1 and 2 participated in the Humpty Dumpty courtroom trial. In our case, the King was on trial. Humpty Dumpty was claiming damages against him for personal injuries caused when he fell off the King’s wall. He was found guilty for not maintaining the wall. Judge Ella sentenced him to 14 weeks in prison!

We looked at police uniforms from now and in the past. In the past, they wanted police officers to look important, but now the most important thing is that they are visible. Our task was to design a suitable outfit or hat for a police officer.

Years 3 to 4 took part in a mock Victorian trial where the defendant was accused of theft. The prosecution and the defense questioned 6 witnesses and the jury decided that Isabella Makin was GUILTY of theft.

As well as a mock trial, Years 5 and 6 participated in a Crime Scene Investigation to solve a Victorian murder.

We met a number of characters throughout our time at the museum including 19th century prison reformist, Elizabeth Fry, who told us about the appalling conditions she witnessed in prisons across the country and the numerous changes she introduced to improve prisoners’ lives.

Thank you to the staff at the National Justice Museum. We had a fantastic day!