Fun murder mystery activities for KS2

Nicola Davison, with Freya Thompson
14th July 2016
Primary, KS2, murder mystery, activity, lesson, teaching resource, Year 5, Year 6

Six of the best reviewed murder mystery lessons for the end of term

There's nothing more engaging than a well-crafted murder mystery activity to keep pupils motivated right up until the end of a topic of scheme of work. Not only does it allow them to be completely immersed in their learning, but it also encourages the development of creative thinking skills and teamwork.

We've brought together six of the top sleuthing resources on TES, covering a range of subject areas and including example comments from grateful users.

Murder at the hotel, with 405 reviews

What is it? Using their numeracy skills and powers of deduction, students must crack each of the five coded clues to eliminate suspects and reveal the identity of the killer. This challenging puzzle comes complete with worksheets and answers.

Users say… What a fantastic idea - thank you so much. My Y6 Set 2 Maths LOVED this - we set it up like a real crime scene, so brought it to life. Tomorrow, we're making our own version based on this. A real post-SATs treat for them; wonderful! (nooty)

Ancient Greek murder, with 82 reviews

What is it? Pupils must investigate the murder of Athenian hoplite, Agathon, using the videos and paper-based evidence in this comprehensive pack, containing an introductory presentation and a complete lesson plan.

Users say… What a fantastic resource. The children absolutely loved it and actually wanted to carry on through lunch to finish it off! Thank you (ncjhounslow)

Periodic table murder mysterywith 31 reviews

What is it? Ideal as an introduction to the basic properties of a wide range of elements, this scientific mystery comes complete with clues and red herrings to help and hinder learners on their way to discovering why Mr Sodium exploded and where the three missing guests have gone.

Users say… Fantastic resource. Must have taken you a while to put together. My class loved acting out their roles with the provided props. We have a running joke now about our 'murderers' (jlyonsphysics)

Death in the orchestra, with 8 reviews

What is it? 32 suspects. One murderer. Students must crack five English-themed clues in order to solve this musical murder case. These clues, in the form of puzzles, test your class' knowledge of antonyms, synonyms, idioms and proverbs.

Users say… So much work put into this resource - thank-you for sharing. This will keep them busy and most importantly discussing and thinking (AnneLG)

Evidence-based Tudor mystery, with 4 reviews

What is it? Pupils sift through the sources to identify the reliable evidence and find out who strangled Rickon the rather average jester in this Tudor investigation. Perfect for engaging your class in the skills of evaluating sources and questioning their validity.

Users say… An amazing resource! My class loved this as an introduction to our Tudors topic (glenda_gleds)

Maths murder mystery, with 3 reviews

What is it? Consolidate learners' understanding of calculating speed, distance and time with this maths-based whodunnit, including a helpful presentation, worksheets for making notes and an exciting extension task.

Users say… I really enjoyed this challenging lesson. Ideal for revising key topics and preparing for transition. Thanks so much! (fbthompson)


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