DUSTING for fingerprints and collecting samples from the scene of the crime – we’ve all seen how it’s done on TV shows.
But this week, South Tyneside school pupils were given the chance to take part in their own crime investigation.
Year Five pupils from East Boldon Junior School in North Lane were invited to Boldon School in New Road for a lesson in forensic science, finding themselves in their own crime show-style investigation, CSI: Boldon.
The young investigators were told that Mrs Hayes, the headteacher, had been hit over the head.
They were then led to the scene of the crime, where a gruesome skeleton lay on the ground.
Pupils collected samples from the crime scene and conducted different experiments to try to figure out who had attacked Mrs Hayes.
Wearing white forensics suits and safety glasses, the children looked at fibre and vomit samples under the microscope, testing 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.”
East Boldon Juniors 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, in order 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 they couldn’t get in primary school.
“It’s great linking it with a show like CSI, as it’s easy for them to relate to it, so they’ve enjoyed it more.”