WELCOME to CSI Boldon – mini crime-scene investigators pulled on their white suits for a lesson in forensic science.
Year 5 pupils from East Boldon Junior School in North Lane were invited to Boldon School, in New Road, finding themselves in their own crime show-style investigation.
The young investigators were told that Mrs Hayes, the headteacher, had been hit over the head, then they were led to the scene of the crime where a gruesome skeleton lay on the ground.
Pupils collected samples from the crime scene and conducted experiments to try to work out who had attacked the teacher.
Wearing white forensics suits and safety glasses, the children looked at fibre and vomit samples under the microscope and tested soil samples by holding them in a bunsen burner.
Boldon School science teacher Rachel Barnes said: “This is essentially a lesson in forensic skills and it’s great for the kids because they’ve seen it all on TV before and can relate to it.
“It’s relevant to the kind of things they’re watching, so it makes it easier for them to take it all in.
“They’re getting to use equipment that they don’t normally use at primary school level and they’ve all really enjoyed it.”
Pupil Casey Metcalfe, 10, said: “It’s been really fun. We’ve been learning how to take blood samples and figure out what happened by looking at them.”
Classmate Ben Edmonds, 10, added: “I enjoyed going to the crime scene and seeing the body. It’s really cool doing this kind of thing.”
Their teacher, Una Goodman, said: “I think this has been a fantastic idea. The staff have put so much hard work into it and the kids have just loved it.”
The children also analysed blood-splatter evidence and used chromatography to examine ink samples found at the scene, to narrow down their list of suspects.
Kevin Leigh, a chemistry teacher at Boldon School, said: “The kids have been getting hands-on, practical experience that they couldn’t get in primary school.
“It’s been great linking it with a show like CSI because it’s easy for them to relate to it so they’ve enjoyed it even more.”