Free learning resources from arts, cultural and heritage organisations.

Teachers' Notes

Resource created by Calderdale Museums: Bankfield Museum.

Curriculum Links

  • KS2 History: Theme extending knowledge beyond 1066
  • KS2 English: Planning, drafting and writing; Reading aloud; Listening; Evaluating and debating
  • KS2 PSHE: Relationships, Rights, Responsibilities, Community and Global Citizenship
  • KS2 Citizenship
  • SMSC: British Values


Activity Ideas

  • Using the information from the resource create a letter from one of the criminals that are facing the gibbet next market day. Why did you steal what you did?
  • Design a Wanted poster for the Runaway Man.
  • In your class split into 2 groups those for the Gibbet and those against. Debate as if it is 1650, should the Gibbet stay or go?
  • Research other crimes and punishments from other periods of time, such as the Anglo Saxons, Romans and the Tudors.
  • Invite a Police officer into your school to find out more about the roles of the police today, how they help us and what your rights are as a citizen.


Discussion Ideas

  • Research other punishments used in Britain in the past, should any of them come back?
  • What range of punishments do we use in Britain today?
    Are they effective?