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Autumn Topic: Crime & Punishment

‘Crime and Punishment’ is a History based topic which focuses predominantly on The Holocaust and Guy Fawkes. We will be looking at Auschwitz and how Hitler’s choices impacted a large range of societies throughout this time period. We will be reading the book ‘The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas’ and the majority of our writing will be based on this book. It will provide inspiration for a lot of our creative writing and the children will be learning grammatical techniques to develop their written work. Within school children will also take part in guided reading. We will be looking at recounts from people who were alive during the Holocaust and have people coming into school to explain what it was like when they visited the concentration camps in Poland.


Additionally, we will be exploring British History by researching the Gun Power Plot; children will explore the crime that Guy Fawkes committed, having debates surrounding this crime and researching the punishment, justifying whether it was a fair punishment and comparing this to today’s punishments. In English we will be looking at a range of text types including information texts, discursive texts, information texts, newspaper articles and poetry. We will be writing letters as the conspirators organising the crime against Parliament and we will take part in debates regarding what the class thing would be the most suitable form of punishment and why. We will be using drama to explore how the execution took place and how witnesses felt about Guy Fawkes been hung, drawn and quartered. To support our learning we will be visiting York Dungeons, touring the different aspects of the museum and taking part in ‘Deadly Drama’ workshop.

Within this topic we will be exploring light and electricity, conducting a range of science experiments. Following on from our investigations surrounding Guy Fawkes, we will be looking at how fireworks produce light comparing electrical developments throughout history.

Hook Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School, Garth Lane, Hook, Goole, United Kingdom, DN14 5NW