Pocklington School recently welcomed 15 pupils from five local primary school 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.
The children were welcomed and received their briefing, oulining 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 at Pocklington School, led the day and was supported by highly skilled and experienced members of the School’s technician team, as well as Sixth Form Science prefects.
The children impressed the staff 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’. Miss Rees 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, Pocklington School’s 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 “It was a superb day, and I don’t think it could be bettered. The children loved learning about Science at Pocklington School and had a great day from start to finish.”
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.