Hopelands Preparatory children were shocked to discover there had been a ‘burglary’ when they arrived at school for World Book Day.
Class registers and the school bell had disappeared. The forensic scientists were called, areas of potential evidence were cordoned off and dusted for prints. An emergency assembly was held with the children tasked to become detectives for the day to help solve the Hopelands mystery.
Through clues left behind from the thief, puzzles and challenges held throughout the day, suspect interviews, fingerprints taken and identification of potential escape routes – the children utilised their observation, inference and investigation skills to determine who could have committed the crime. As home time approached, the school came together to share their findings and finally reveal who was responsible.
Joint headteacher Mrs Boix, said: “It was a fantastic World Book Day at Hopelands. I am super proud of our junior detectives who worked together to solve the Hopelands mystery and ensure that the precious bell and registers were returned. Their skills, determination and passion for justice shone through and we hope the moral of the story will live long in their minds.”