Primary Who Done It!

Posted at 4:18 pm on 14th March, 2018

Flixton Girls School hosted another successful Primary Science CSI Day with the attendance of 72 Year 5 pupils from Urmston Junior School.  The pupils brought their inquisitive minds to FGS and dressed up as crime scene investigators for the day, to solve the mystery of Mr Searle’s stolen laptop.

Pupils took part in variety of activities throughout the day, including; fingerprint and footprint analysis, chromatography, hair and fibre sample analysis, visiting and sketching the crime scene, and reviewing witness statements.

Working together as a team each group had to solve the mystery and then present their findings in front of all attendees and staff at the end of the day. All the activities were aimed at development of problem solving skills as well as applying scientific skills and techniques that the pupils could utilise throughout their school pathway.

Pupils work in teams with FGS Science and Transition Ambassadors and really stretch themselves to complete a range of exciting tasks beyond the primary curriculum they study at school.  It is fantastic to see them so engaged in something different and really getting stuck in, to piece together all of the evidence.  Their energy and enthusiasm is wonderful”.

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Mr. Coultas Director of Culture and Ethos said ‘The year 5’s were a credit to their school and eager to solve the mystery.  They were fully engaged throughout the whole day and I was impressed by the quality of the presentations that were produced.’

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The FGS transition ambassadors were also heavily involved and worked really well with the students they were assigned to; encouraging them all to take part and helping to guide them throughout the day.  Many excelled at taking on leadership roles of their groups and spending time with them throughout break and lunchtime.

Urmston Junior School students commented:

"I enjoyed the chromotograpy and learnt how to sketch a crime scene. The FGS helpers were great".

"Working with the microscopes was brill".

"I really enjoyed the whole day but especially learning about finger printing"

"Checking hair and skin samples under the microscope was great.”