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Holy Trinity CE Primary School

Holy Trinity CE Primary School

Learning and caring together, building a firm foundation for the future

Noah Barleywater's Day In Court!

We brought our Power of Reading text to life by creating our very own classroom court, trial and verdict...

We will be focussing on writing a high quality newspaper article next week so to help us to report facts accurately and with including as much detail to report as effectively as possible, we put Noah on trial for stealing the apples from the magic tree. We wrote our opinions as an argument so that we could take place in a whole class debate about whether his decision was correct or whether we disagreed. We particularly focussed on our ability to PEE (Point, Evidence and Explain) so that we could ensure our arguments were as strong as possible.

After our debate, we transformed our classrooms into the courtroom and discussed the different types of punishment that could be given as Noah's sentence. Some of us took on the following 'official' roles:

  • Jury
  • Prosecution character
  • Defence character
  • Prosecution witnesses
  • Defence witnesses
  • Note taker
  • Security
  • Members of the public gallery

Can we  remember and tell you what their role within a courtroom is?

It was truly amazing for the adults to sit and watch the learning from our book so far, our writing and previous character work come to life! It was fascinating to see how characters had been interpreted by different children and how they responded to both the task set and the various (unplanned) questions which were sprung on the characters without much time to rehearse!


After an intense morning of questioning, it was time for the jury and courtroom to break for lunch, during which the jury met in secret to nominate a foreman (or woman) and to decide their verdict. Here is Skylarks' moment that the verdict was delivered and the reaction straight from court...




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