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Murder Mystery gets students Clued Up for Exams

The College’s English Department created a ‘Cluedo’-style murder mystery day to help students hone their article writing techniques.

Staff in the department dressed up as the popular board game’s most well-loved characters (including Professor Plum, Miss Peacock and Colonel Mustard) before challenging students from Years 7-11 to solve the mystery of the death of Mr Black. Students watched video testimonies, uncovered evidence and used their detective skills before writing a newspaper article, damning the accused and condemning their actions. Despite Miss Peacock and Mrs White being shrouded in suspicion, the murderer was finally revealed to be the evil Reverend Green.

The English Department became Cluedo characters for the day and challenged students to solve the murder of 'Mr Black'
The English Department became Cluedo characters for the day and challenged students to solve the murder of 'Mr Black'

Mystery organiser and Teacher of English, Danielle Chambers, explained the reasons behind the interactive day: “Students in Year 11 face a 40 mark question in their GCSE examination; the murder mystery was geared around students becoming engaged in this style of writing, producing this newspaper style article effectively, using character and story. We wanted to bring a new dimension to the day and the Cluedo-style format was fun and interactive.”

Students had to review testimonies and evidence to try and solve the crime
Students had to review testimonies and evidence to try and solve the crime

Year 10 student, William Harrison, said of the day: “The mystery was pretty hard; not everyone was able to identify the killer. It was a really good opportunity to use our initiative and it really helped with our article-writing techniques. Having the teachers dressed up and in character made the day fun and easy to engage in our learning.”