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KS2 Working Scientifically - New National Primary Curriculum
The CSI effect proving to be popular with Primary Schools
Our KS2 Forensic Science Workshops support working scientifically in Science in the new Primary National Curriculum - 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 into Secondary School.
Welton St Mary’s Academy, Lincoln, Lincolnshire
The CSI Day was a fantastic experience for all of our pupils. Jacqui developed a lovely rapport with the children and there was an excellent balance of scientific knowledge and fun activities. The resources provided were of high quality and there was a plentiful supply so even our big group of children had enough for one each. The children were so engaged and busy throughout that they didn’t even realise they had worked through break time! They had so much to take away with them as souvenirs at the end of the day. On their most recent report all of the children said that this had been their favourite science experience of the year. I would definitely consider using this workshop again, especially as we do an investigators topic in Term 2 that fits brilliantly with the content of the session. We had tried to do activities like this with the children before, but it made it so much more special having the proper equipment and Jacqui’s expertise about forensic science in the real world. “It was an intriguing and fun day. The best part was getting dressed up in all of the SOCO gear in the afternoon and solving the crime.” Thomas 6J | “It was interesting to find out what techniques they use in CSI. It was fun dressing up and collecting the evidence in the afternoon.” Ben 6
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Grimsby
Saint Mary’s Catholic Primary Academy were extremely privileged to be able to welcome Jacqui Thompson from PULSE education into our school, to deliver a fascinating, hands-on CSI investigation day. Throughout the morning children (and teaching staff too), had the opportunity to learn about forensic science and what crime scene investigators actually do. We learnt about taking handprints, collecting finger prints, identifying fingerprint patterns, footprint casting and collecting hair and fabric samples, before considering how all of this is used by the police to help identify and capture suspects and criminals.
During this time the input and delivery of information was second to none; all children were engrossed and focussed on their learning activities which was provided and delivered to them in an easy to understand, child friendly manner, while still challenging them with plenty of opportunity to think outside of the box! During the afternoon session, the children had the opportunity to solve a simulated crime scene investigation, donning official SOCO uniforms and applying their learning from the morning to analyse the evidence and clues left behind to identify the murder mystery culprit from a list of suspects. The children applied so many different aspects of their learning as Scene of Crime Officers that all of the children benefited from the experience that the day offered. The Year Six children in particular were able to apply their learning to write their own detective stories as part of a literacy project, as well as the Year Five children learning more about their own aspirations and what they might want to do in the future. A huge thank-you again to Jacqui and her husband for the fantastic day, which really was enjoyed all, children and staff alike!
The Minister School, Lincoln, Lincolnshire
What an amazing day! We booked Jacqui to come to our school to deliver her full forensic workshop day to a joint group of Yr 5 and Yr 7 students. From the moment we started until way past the end of the day, the buzz from the students was phenomenal. The logistics of the operation are significant (imagine planning a six hour practical lesson for 80 students!) but Jacqui sailed through the whole thing with ease – it was a most impressive operation!
Washingborough Academy, Lincoln, Lincolnshire
Right from the word go, our children were fully and completely enthused; this fully ‘hands-on’ approach was the perfect educational ‘pick-me-up’ to the post-Christmas bleary-eyed slump. Our sincerest thanks to Jacqui for creating the most unique & gifted form of experience; bucket-loads of learning matched only by the shed-load of fun that the children (and us grown-ups) experienced within our Forensic Workshop; I’ve never seen the hour and minute hands race so quickly towards 3:20, than when 90 children and three adults were all geared up in white forensic suits, gloves and masks . . . ……. A perfect blend of learning and enjoyment. I ‘suspect’ our children will remember this fabulous workshop event for quite some time to come!