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Working Scientifically in Independent Schools across the UK
The CSI effect proving to be popular with Independent Schools
Our KS2 - KS5 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.
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!
Abercorn Preparatory School, Wyndham Place, London W1
Thank you so much for the excellent and interactive forensics workshop that you and your team presented to our Year 4 – 6 group. Your professionalism and method of delivery ensured that forensics was brought to life and our students were thoroughly engaged in all the activities. In particular we were most impressed by the fact that the students were given the opportunity to put into practice all the forensics skills that they learnt in the morning session by solving a crime scene during the afternoon. The students all had to don crime scene investigation wear which really got our students into character and thinking like detectives. It was really great to see the level of collaboration as the students in the mixed year groups worked together to solve the crime and in doing so used the key scientific skills of problem solving and critical thinking. The workshop also afforded certain students with the opportunity to develop their leadership skills in acting as the lead SOCOs (Scene of Crime Officer) helping to organise their teams, roles and the evidence. At the end of the workshop each student was given their very own finger print lanyard to take home. Our students and teachers thoroughly enjoyed the day and we can’t wait to have Jacqui and her team back for another workshop!’ Have a great Easter!
Bedford Modern School, Bedford, Bedfordshire
All Year 8 students took part in a Forensic Science themed Academic Enrichment Day on 19 March. This event took place within National Science Week and was run by Pulse Education a company that aims to introduce students to the principles of Forensic Science. The students learned a variety of Forensic Science techniques, such as fingerprinting, footwear analysis, chromatography and collection of hair and fibres. The students were then able to apply these new skills in the afternoon when they were given the task of becoming Scene of Crime Officers attending a crime scene. Each student took on a specific role in order to work out the identity of the ‘murderer’ from among a list of possible suspects.
One of the Y8 students, Thomas van der Sande, said, ‘My favourite bit of the Academic Enrichment day was at the end when the 15 different groups suited up in the SOCO suits and got to work on their crime scene. I liked this because there were different answers so each group could get something different. Also I liked how we used all the equipment we learned how to use in the morning. The crime scene was very hard to crack and my group got very close to the real suspect. Overall I really enjoyed the practical side of the investigation’. Pulse Education delivered an enjoyable, educational and exciting day and I would recommend this company to any secondary school looking to deliver a science themed enrichment event for their students.
St Swithun’s School, Winchester SO21 1HA
On Tuesday 19th November external agency Pulse came to St Swithun’s to provide our year 8 pupils and our invited guest pupils [girls who will be joining us in year 9] with a forensic science workshop. Jacqui quickly gained their attention with her questions and excellent explanation of what the day would involve. From the very beginning the girls were fully engaged in a wide range of stretch and challenge activities. During the morning session all pupils were involved in practical, ‘hands-on’ CSI activities, which included learning about the processes and applications used at a crime scene such as fingerprinting using magnetic powder and black ink. The girls also looked at footwear castings and footprints, in addition to looking at hair and fibres. The last part of this session covered the collection and preservation of evidence at a crime scene and the importance of evidence retrieval in a court of law. During the afternoon all the girls eagerly donned a white SOCO (Scene of Crime Officer) suit, gloves, mask and overshoes and proceeded to apply their newly acquired skill-set to their group crime scenes before investigating and reporting their findings with the help of suspect profiles.
Throughout the day there was a wonderful buzz of excitement as the girls learnt new skills and tried to solve the mystery, gaining confidence in their own thoughts and how to communicate ideas to different groups. By the end of the day each girl had a very good overall knowledge of forensic science and its applications used at a crime scene. The response from the girls to the day was fantastic and there was universal agreement that it had been one of the best year group team – building activity days which they had experienced.
The Dragons School, Oxford
Having gained entry to their senior schools by this stage in their final year, we hope to provide the Year 8 pupils with some ‘off syllabus’ Science teaching which encourages wider thinking by them and an insight into practical Science beyond the classroom. Jacqui Thompson’s forensics workshop appeared to be the perfect solution and certainly lived up to our hopes. The pupils spent the morning learning several forensics techniques and situations when they would be employed in a field situation. As a teacher, you hope that this sort of activity will be fun, but also that pupils will be fully focused in their learning and they were! Lots of spontaneous questions from the children was evidence for this. During lunch break, Jacqui covered the school hall in mini crime scenes and pupils set about collating and deciphering evidence using their newly acquired skills, all in full white suits and masks. A fabulous day was had by all and Jacqui’s professionalism, knowledge, organisation and enthusiasm make this a session well worth booking by any school Science department.