Team building with a twist

Year six pupils at St Mary’s School in Bridgwater, Somerset recently (July, 2017) spent time solving our new Master Chef Murder mystery developed to help with their literacy and problem-solving skills.

The Master Chef Murder box is a simplified murder mystery investigation we have developed, which is suitable for use in the classroom and is aligned to the National Curriculum attainment targets for literacy.

We were thrilled to have the pupils from the school give it a go. They were put into teams and given an iPad, which allowed them to view the case and all the information needed to solve it, including an inspector’s briefing, interviews with characters, video, documentary evidence and some interactive puzzles that needed to be cracked before evidence was revealed.

They had great fun trying to solve the mystery and in doing so, were improving their literacy, critical thinking, problem-solving and ICT skills.

Although fun and engaging for students, our iBeacon Murder Mysteries for schools also address many of the key elements of the Key Stage two curriculum, including reading for understanding, problem solving, critical thinking, secondary skills, working with others, evaluating information, communication and comprehension.

Our Master Chef Murder mystery box contains a USB flash drive holding 10 lesson plans and ways in which content can be used, an introductory video tutorial outlining everything needed to know how to set up the iBeacons, brief students and set the game afoot, an introductory power point, keynote and pdf files to start a scheme of work, various ways in which evidence can be submitted, the solution to the murder mystery in video format presented by the Inspector leading the case, app resource guidance documents and creative content suggestions. The box is available to purchase here.

We would like to thank Joe and Murder Inc for the opportunity to try out the Master Chef Murder box. The children really enjoyed it and it enabled them to develop a wide range of skills that they probably didn’t realise they were using.

Derek Nevell, Deputy Headteacher at St Mary’s School in Bridgwater