Raising Attainment in Science
Working Scientifically in Cambridgeshire Primary Schools
Our KS2 Forensic Science Workshop supports the New National Curriculum (Science) helping to develop pupils’ awareness of scientific enquiry through Forensic Science and the applications, techniques and authentic processes used within a Crime Scene Investigation by using CSI hands-on activities. Introducing elements of the Criminal Justice System at an age when it really matters, in addition to assisting in your pupils transitional development. Additionally, a great workshop if your school is doing a Crime & Punishment topic!
Cambridgeshire Headteachers Comments
Great Abington Primary School, Cambridge (Guy Underwood, Headteacher)
On January 12th 2015 our school hall was transformed into a Crime Scene Investigation as our 80 Ks2 pupils were engaged, challenged and enthralled by PulseCSI and their approach to scientific enquiry and teamwork. Having had 20 years experience of enrichment activities the PulseCSI day is amongst the best I have seen for impact on all pupils. In terms of value for money the day is exceptional and deals with higher order problem solving and communication skills. The amount and quality of the content impressed all staff and pupils. Know that pupils will remember the CSI day at Great Abington Primary for the rest of their lives!
Why was the day so successful?
- The quality of the resources and materials provided by Jacqui ensured pupils connected with the processes, learning and contexts provided throughout the day.
- All pupils learnt scientific and general knowledge facts.
- Scientific learning was related to each individual and created a real buzz and ownership of learning.
- All resources are provided and of high quality.
- In the afternoon pupils and staff were fully immersed as Scene Of Crime Officers wearing full body suits, gloves, masks and shoe covers.
- Activities related to real life scenarios and concepts, ideas and situations pupils had read about or seen on TV, online and in films.
- Collaboration and teamwork are at the heart of the activities. Mixed teams of pupils from Y3 to Y6 supported and learnt together for the whole day.
- Jacqui ensures that the day is fully inclusive and equitable for pupils.
- E-safety is integrated into the session and provides up to date, relevant advice and guidance for all pupils.
- Display resources are created on the day and a DVD of images and video is provided.
A week after the event pupils, staff and the wider school community are still referring to the day and as a launch for our ‘Crime & Punishment’ topic the outcomes could not have been better. Our expectations had been exceeded and we look forward to many more days with the PulseCSI team in the future.