Literacy Detectives

It's 1895 and something terrible has happened to England's captain. There are several suspects-can you help us solve the mystery?

Through an immersive experience, students will step back in time and work as literacy detectives to solve the crime. By using diligent detective skills, analysing a crime scene, piecing back together alibis and cross-examining some key witnesses, students will uncover the true killer. In order to crack the case, students will need to complete a series of literacy based activities and use their best deduction skills to put the right person behind bars.

The fun and learning won't stop there. Teachers will take home a series of lesson plans produced in collaboration with Be Rugby Magazine. Inspired by their visit, students can write their very own article on the case.

Workshops will last for approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. Students will then have the opportunity to explore the World Rugby Museum. Minimum 16 students per session. Maximum 36 students per session.

*note* This is a combined tour and workshop product, where groups will participate in a fun and interactive workshop using an alternative tour route.

Workshop summary

To engage students with literacy through an immersive stadium tour experience. The session aims to support National Curriculum KS2 English objectives while providing an insight into the history of rugby.

Through working with Be Rugby Magazine, the session further aims to inspire literacy development beyond the visit. Teachers will leave with lesson plans on how to write an article. Schools can also choose to subscribe to Be Rugby Magazine, encouraging further reading outside of the classroom.


Immersive session led by Museum educator where students become detectives and visit spaces around the stadium in order to solve a crime.

Completing literacy activities, focusing on modal verbs, the perfect form and sensory vocabulary.

National Curriculum Links - Workshop


  • Asking questions to improve understanding
  • Drawing inferences such as inferring characters' feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence.


  • Using modal verbs or adverbs to indicate degrees of possibility
  • Using the perfect form of verbs to mark relationships of time and cause

National Curriculum Links - Post workshop


  • Plan their writing by identifying the audience for and purpose of the writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own
  • Using a wide range of devices to build cohesion within and across paragraphs

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  • Continuing to read and discuss an increasingly wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks.