Pupils have been taking part in a day of sleuthing using Crime Scene Investigation techniques. The crime, children quickly learned in assembly, was a distressing one for Mr Cullen. Someone had polished off his coffee and stolen the doughnuts! The children’s job was to find the culprit amongst the only group of people capable of carrying out such a crime, the teaching staff!
Gracie, from Year 6, had her suspicions about who she thought had perpetrated the crime after examining fingerprints and handwriting samples. “I think Mrs Thomas has done it!” Renae said that descriptions from witnesses gave her the clues, “I think Mrs Ingle has done it, the witness said the culprit had shoulder length hair, a brown skirt and she always has a smile on her face. She looked guilty in assembly too!”
Through fingerprint and handwriting analysis and following witness statements, the children finally discovered that the guilty party was Mrs Thomas. She said, “It was so hard keeping it a secret from the children, we had been secretly planning the event for a few weeks. It was brilliant to see everyone working together to solve the crime from the clues. I thoroughly enjoyed being the culprit!”
Anne Ingle organised the day and said, "Forensic science day was a great success, the children didn’t know anything about the event and arrived at school to be greeted by staff wearing forensic science suits and the corridor taped off with crime scene tape. The buzz of excitement from the children was immense. The children used scientific enquiry skills to solve the crime, they worked collaboratively and there was a definite thirst to find out who had committed the crime. The speculation spilled out into the playground, children huddled together exchanging views on who the culprit was. It was a super day that was fun and engaging. All the children solved the crime and found that Mrs Thomas was the guilty party!”