On Tuesday the author Robin Stevens visited the Cooper School to take part in a Detective Day with year 8. The day began with a talk about Robin’s books and what inspired her to write detective fiction with children as the detectives. Year 8 then had the opportunity to ask questions about being a writer and create their own Murder Mystery plot (which showed their great knowledge of current political affairs, and their sense of humour!)

94 of our year 8 students then attended a variety of workshops across the school, all themed around Detective work. Mathematics explored the art of code breaking, inviting students to work out clues including the famous historical Enigma code in order to open a locked chest of prizes. Science examined our students’ fingerprints and taught them how to trace criminals using their unique identifying features. In English, the students were able to work on creating a detective mystery with interesting characters and settings. Finally, in cookery the students created a 1930’s tea party complete with cucumber sandwiches, lemon cakes and homemade lemonade.

The day came to a close with the students gathering  together to tuck into their tea party as a ‘Bun Break’ straight from Robin Stevens’ own books, whilst she signed copies and answered the students questions. Check out the library blog for the ‘Book Club Bloggers’ interview with Robin about her work. (http://tcsbookclubbloggers.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/an-interview-with-robin-stevens.html)

We would like to thank Robin for visiting the school and helping to inspire our students to create their own creative writing.

Students are invited to write their own Detective Stories in our Creative Writing Competition. Short stories should be around 1200 words and handed to their English teachers by Tuesday 5th July.