King Richard III
KS2 Working Scientifically in Leicestershire Primary Schools
Learning about history & how forensic science techniques & processes assisted in the identification of King Richard III skeleton found in a Leicestershire car park
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.
St. Margaret’s C of E Primary School
Stoke Golding, Leicestershire, CV13 6HE
We recently had the pleasure of hosting a highly interesting, informative, educational and inspiring practical session, courtesy of Pulse Education and Business Services. Jacqui Thompson was the consummate professional and delivered the sessions in a highly motivating manner, engaging the children from the very start. The sessions are very much ‘hands on’ with the children being taught a variety of techniques for evidence gathering and analysis during the morning session, followed by the opportunity to apply these independently in the afternoon.
There were many highlights of the day including:
- Activities that the children had never taken part in before. - The opportunity for the children to handle and use high quality scientific equipment.
- Getting dressed up in their SOCO Suits as Scene of Crime
- Officers (the staff of course entering into the spirit too!)
- It was a delight to see the interaction between the two year groups as they worked intently to be the first to identify correctly the perpetrator of the crime.
On return to class all of the children were ‘buzzing’ with excitement, all of whom have now decided that their future careers lie in solving crimes! Silent Witness has nothing on my students now!
The organised day’s activities also led to some high quality discussion and writing as follow up. Jacqui also included a short CEOP session, this supplemented work that had already been done in school and almost gave it ‘extra impact’ being delivered as part of this day; the children definitely took the messages to heart.
Jacqui provided follow up material in the form of photographs of the sessions which have been a source of great interest throughout the school.
Quotes from the children who participated include:
- ‘This has been the best day ever at school’
- ‘I wish I could do it all over again tomorrow’
- ‘I would give today ten out of ten and recommend it to all schools’
- ‘I want to be a Scene of Crime Officer, or, maybe a Chief Inspector!’
We had a great day and would not hesitate to highly recommend the workshop to other schools.