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Primary school pupils turn detectives in outreach CSI day

Three pupils investigating using a bunsen burner

On Friday 10th June Pocklington School welcomed 15 pupils from five local primary schools to the inaugural Primary School CSI Science day.

Teams were made up of three competitors from 5 primary schools from across the East Riding of Yorkshire: Bishop Wilton, Eastrington, Settrington, Sutton upon Derwent, and Warter.

The children were welcomed with breakfast pastries and received their briefing from Miss Rees, who outlined the case which involved the murder of local Mayor Mr Stan Dupp, before donning the hazmat suits and lanyards which they wore for the duration of their investigations.

Throughout the day, the pupils were tasked with undertaking scientific investigations and interpreting the evidence to identify their chief suspect.  Experiments included: analysing stomach contents and fabric fibres, soil analysis using flame tests, chromatography, blood drop analysis and electrical circuits to measure resistance.

Bethan Rees, teacher of Chemistry, led the day and was supported by highly skilled and experienced members of the technician team, as well as some of our Sixth Form Science prefects.

The children impressed the team with their problem-solving skills, keen teamwork, and inquisitive natures.

Jenny Preston, Development Officer said “The CSI day was a huge success.  The children arrived full of enthusiasm to find out ‘who dunnit’.  Beth and her team worked hard to give the children a wonderful experience, and they had the chance to find out more about the three Sciences.  One pupil told me that it was his ‘best day ever’.  Thanks also to Paul Freeman-Hacker, our Head of Catering & Hospitality, for the themed snacks and decorated dining hall.  It all added to the immersive CSI experience.”

Joy Barker, School Business Manager, Eastrington School said “Our team absolutely loved their CSI day at Pocklington School. From the moment they arrived and received their crime scene suits and information pack, there was a buzz of excitement and anticipation about the day ahead. It did not disappoint. What followed was a well organised day of biology, chemistry and physics activities. From blood splatter tests to stomach content analysis, it was an exciting exploration from start to finish. The day was enhanced with an excellent lunch (on a crime themed table!), and a warm welcome from all the staff we met. Thank you to Mrs Preston and Miss Rees for an unforgettable day for the children.”

Toby Seth, Headmaster Pocklington School commented “I’m so pleased that local schools’ partnership working has resumed, and it was wonderful to welcome so many enthusiastic young scientists as part of our outreach programme.  Credit to the team who worked hard to provide an outstanding day exploring Science through the medium of a CSI day.  We look forward to many more such events in the future.”

The day was organised as part of a programme of outreach and partnership work with local primary and secondary schools.