On Thursday 7th February, the Pre-Prep welcomed Marcia from Thames Valley Police. The children were surprised to learn that Thames Valley is one of 43 police forces in the UK, including the airport and transport police.
They began by brainstorming safe zones where children can go if they are in danger and the way in which uniforms help us to identify ‘safe strangers’ such as police officers, nurses, supermarket workers and bus drivers.
The children were very surprised to learn that once a child turns ten years old, they are considered ‘criminally responsible’ in the eyes of the law and that there are serious consequences from that point on, including; having to go to a ‘naughty children’s school’ and having to check in with the police on Saturdays. The boys began calculating how many years they have until they reach this stage, and for some Year 2’s, it was only 3 years away!
The session finished with the children creating a finger print which they then turned into a keyring. Many of these are now hanging proudly on their St Edward’s backpacks.
We thank Marcia for her time and effort in visiting us today and hope to arrange a follow up visit to Reading police station after the half term break.