Every year at Langtree secondary school, we organise “Curriculum Enrichment Week”, which is an off-timetable week where our students enjoy all kinds of creative cross-curricular activities that are fun and enrich their learning. This year our theme was “Crime and Investigation”. We wrote our own murder mystery for all our students, about a crime that happened in our very midst: “the murder of the Off-Ted Inspector”. We involved all staff members and both students and staff alike were excited to play their part in attempting to solve the crime throughout the week. A huge part of this week was the forensics aspect we wanted to add. We were not just looking for a standard forensics workshop, but were hoping for a dynamic forensics workshop that would be able to adapt to our specific crime scene, while still being able to deal with a large amount of students. When contacting various forensic workshop providers, Jacqui from Pulse Education stood out by a mile. She not only was able to accommodate our needs, but was equally enthusiastic about our week and contributed with fantastic ideas. We gained so much by working with Jacqui because she truly understood what we were trying to achieve and was willing to tailor-make the forensic workshop to fit our needs.
The students spent a whole day analyzing forensics that would bring them another step closer to finding out who killed the Off-Ted inspector at Langtree. Pulse Education does it’s name proud, for it is truly “on the pulse”. Jacqui is very knowledgeable in her subject area and both her and her team really know how to speak to a teenage audience in a very confident and captivating way. The students were having so much fun, they didn’t even notice they were learning!I can highly recommend Pulse education’s forensic workshop and will be asking for them to come back at the earliest opportunity possible. Jacqui’s experience, enthusiasm and ideas helped make our week an absolute hit!Langtree School, Woodcote, Reading, Berkshire
Many thanks Jacqui, once again for the session you delivered last Wednesday. The students thoroughly enjoyed the activity and a number of them have expressed interest in looking further into the subject. I was very pleased with the ways they approached the lesson and it was clear through their questioning that they were interested in what was being delivered to them.
The group consisted of some of our more able students and they felt that the level of questioning challenged them to think about their responses. This is an excellent way of getting students to appreciate the wider applications of Science and we will certainly be looking at repeating this exercise with future Y7 groups. A well-delivered and informative presentation, containing a variety of approaches that captured the interest of the students. They were fully engaged in all activities and found the whole experience to be extremely enjoyable.St Georges Academy, Westgate, Sleaford, Lincolnshire
At the request of all our Primary Heads, I rebooked Jacqui and her team to deliver the C.S.I. Forensic Science day to our feeder schools as part of our Primary Transition programme for the third year running. We already knew the children were going to have a fabulous day based on previous years and we were not disappointed; they loved it!
From the outset, the day yet again, was supremely well organised and every resource needed was brought along, all we needed to do was provide a venue big enough to cater for all the primary children who wanted to attend. Jacqui took charge of the children from the second they arrived grouping them so that they sat with other children from other Primary schools (essential in a transition activity).
In the morning the children experienced what it would be like to live and work as Crime Scene Investigators, learning about finger-printing techniques, how to look for and ‘bag n tag’ clues from the strangest of places and importantly how to stay extra safe online.
In the afternoon 15 mock crime scenes were created with one single aim; to work out who dunnit! So as not to contaminate the crime scenes, it was essential that the children dressed for the part. In white suits, hoods, face-masks, gloves, glasses and overshoes they set about their challenge of working out who might have committed the crime. Dusting for fingerprints, using high-tech ultra-violet torches to search for hidden messages as well as examining the crime scene and collecting fibres, which might help determine the culprit; the children spent the afternoon working together to gather evidence that might lead to an arrest.
OFSTED often comment on giving children ‘memorable experiences’. This was certainly one of them. If you run a transition programme in a secondary school I can recommend this as a wonderful way in which to get children from a range of backgrounds and schools working together really quickly. Already planning for next year!Elizabethan Academy, Retford, Nottinghamshire
This was the first time that we have had Pulse CSI deliver one of their fantastic workshops at Marsden Heights Community College. My colleagues and I were hugely impressed by their service. It was professional, courteous and well organised but the thing which impressed us above all else was the rapport which was built up with our students from the off, it was exceptional; it meant that our students were switched on, engaged in their tasks and most importantly having fun while learning.
This is testament to Jacqui and how she delivered the workshop and the resources she provided. Whether it was taking hand or foot prints or investigating blood spatter or hair or clothes fibres our students thoroughly enjoyed every single aspect which was fantastic to witness! I cannot wait to be able to invite Pulse back to MHCC to inspire, motivate and excite our students about real life science!Marsden Heights Community College, Nelson, Burnley, Lancashire
The Forensic workshop was brilliant and worked very well within Felixstowe Academy. The aim of the workshop was to work with our primary schools as a transition event so all potential FXA pupils could meet each other and have positive experiences at FXA which I feel they did. We also invited our year 7s to the event and they also thoroughly enjoyed it!Felixstowe Academy , Felixstowe, Suffolk
This was a fantastic workshop offering students the opportunity to engage in a hands-on practical activity bringing together elements of science, geography and enterprise. Students thoroughly enjoyed the day and were on-task throughout. As a geography teaching our focus of crime allowed students to challenge their perceptions of the subject area and to realise through the activities the impact crime has on people, areas and society.
The impact of the event is that students remember the day with excitement and have created a superb display in a classroom which they are extremely proud of! Jacqui is a superb at delivering what is a fantastic learning experience for all. We have had some excellent feedback
from some of the students in their science lessons today. They said that they enjoyed the day. I think you could see that from their reaction at the end. I was impressed by how you kept the students engaged. This was all the more impressive bearing in mind their number and the location. Some of the students also have issues with concentration and the range of activities kept their interest. It was clear that they were fully focused on the main crime scene activity in the afternoon. In my opinion the day will aid with their STEC work.The Castle Academy, Riseholme Road, Lincoln, Lincolnshire