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Local primary school children turn detectives as part of outreach programme

Local primary school children turn detectives as part of outreach programme

Recently, Pocklington School was fortunate to welcome 33 pupils from eleven local primary schools to our annual Primary School CSI Science Day. The teams were comprised of three budding, young competitors from primary schools from across the East Riding of Yorkshire and Hull. 

The day began with pupils being introduced to the crime and the many suspects. This was then followed by a series of scientific investigations which tasked them with interpreting the evidence to identify their chief suspect and solve the crime.  

Experiments included analysing stomach contents and fabric fibres, soil analysis using flame tests, chromatography, blood drop analysis and using electrical circuits to measure resistance. The children approached every task with enthusiasm and scientific curiosity. Staff were hugely impressed by 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’. Miss Rees and her team worked hard to give the children a wonderful experience, and they had the chance to explore and learn about all three sciences. One pupil told me that it was his ‘best day ever’. Thanks also to Paul Freeman-Hacker, Pocklington School’s Head of Catering and Hospitality, for the themed snacks and decorated dining hall, which all added to the immersive CSI experience.”  

Toby Seth, Headmaster Pocklington School, commented “it was wonderful to welcome so many enthusiastic young scientists as part of our outreach programme. Each year the CSI day is proving more popular. Credit to the team who worked hard to provide an outstanding day exploring Science through the medium of a CSI day.” 

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