Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Activity week was dead exciting

PUPILS at Langtree School in Woodcote had to solve a murder as part of an activity week.

PUPILS at Langtree School in Woodcote had to solve a murder as part of an activity week.

About 170 students from years 7, 8 and 9 took part in the five-day mystery challenge, which started last Monday.

On the first morning they learned that an “Off-Ted” inspector * a play on schools inspectorate Ofsted * had been found dead in the school gym.

Shortly after drama teacher Gill Pimm had stumbled upon the body, they were told, it had mysteriously vanished.

The pupils were split into teams and played different roles. Some acted as detectives while others played news reporters.

Each day they were given a fresh batch of clues in the form of letters, emails, pictures and videos.

The clues were all linked to different subjects. Some were written in code and required maths skills to translate, while others were written in French.

The students took part in a forensic science workshop where they wore protective suits and analysed the scene for clues. They travelled to the West End to watch the stage version of John Buchan’s The 39 Steps then took part in drama workshops at the theatre.

Police officers, including firearms teams from Bicester, visited the school and talked to the children about their work.

The week culminated in a mock trial in which the pupils played lawyers acting for the prosecution and defence.

The “body” turned out to be head teacher Rick Holroyd, who had disguised as an inspector but had slipped over and knocked himself out.

Teacher Zoe Beeusaert, who organised the event, said: “Everybody played their part throughout the whole week so the kids really felt like there had been a murder and the guilty person was walking among them.

“It was amazing how the children got into the spirit of it by asking so many questions and interviewing all the suspects.

“The week got the pupils and teachers working closely together and it showed them that their studies have applications in the real world.”

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