Icknield scientists solve a crime!

We are very pleased to award Icknield Infant/Nursery (Letchworth) a grant for a forensic science workshop delivered by the Education Group.  The whole school (Foundation Stage and KS1) will take part in class groups to give them all a “WOW” start to Science Week.

As Fiona Gascoigne, Office Manager, explained in her bid:

Having the workshop will allow the children to experience hands on activities that they would not otherwise have access to and experience different ways of learning. We particularly hope the workshop will help close the gap for disadvantaged children.

We are always keen when any subject/topic is delivered in a different way to help promote effective learning and heighten children’s enthusiasm.  The workshop shows how science is used in the real world by using a hands-on approach:

Our young investigators must tape off the area in order to protect any evidence. Clues and evidence must be identified, collected, interpreted and analysed. These include fingerprints, impressions, hairs and fibres and 'blood', bones and DNA.

Can you solve the mystery?


Forensic Science workshop

The children had a great time during the Forensic Science workshop. It was a brilliant way to ‘hook’ the children into Science Week and left them with a sense of wonder and many questions to answer. The workshop was also great because it put Science into a real life context and showed the children different ways that Science is used in everyday life. The workshop covered many working scientifically skills that the children were able to practice such as; asking questions, observing closely, identifying, classifying, and gathering and recording data to help in answering questions. It was lovely to observer all of the children engaged and having a great time.

Feedback from other teachers:

I thought the workshop was excellent. Well prepared, exciting and different. My whole class were engaged throughout and enjoyed the forensic investigation. We felt that the timings were perfect, enough time during input and the investigating. The gentlemen who led it was great with the children as well! – Mr Jacob

Most children were very engaged in this and would not stop talking about it! The resources that he used were fantastic and the children were so excited when they found any piece of evidence! Even when it had finished the children wouldn't stop going on about the lady who took the sandwiches! – Reception teachers