Sherlock Holmes

Bring your pupils on a virtual visit with Sherlock Holmes

This two-part virtual visit allows your pupils to work with the greatest consulting detective of all time, Sherlock Holmes, on some of his most difficult cases. You will visit Sherlock in his study at 221B Baker Street, where he will share some of the secrets to solving logical and numerical problems, and then help him with a current case that he is working on. Together, your pupils and Sherlock will help make Victorian London a safer place for everyone!

Age Range

This virtual visit can be tailored for any age range within KS2.

What will the virtual visit include?

The virtual visit will be tailored to suit your requirements and age range, but as a guide will include

  • welcome and introduction from Sherlock Holmes
  • Sherlock will tell pupils about key events in his life, including the cases he is currently working on. He will share some of the secrets of solving numerical and logical problems
  • Pupils will have the opportunity to work on and solve a series of short numerical and logical problems that Sherlock presents them with
  • Pupils can ask Sherlock questions about his life, based around Victorian London


The virtual visit is a two-part experience, and will consist of a morning or early afternoon session lasting between 30 and 45 minutes, depending on the amount of participation you would like your pupils to have. Sherlock will then leave a larger problem for your pupils to solve during the rest of the day. A shorter follow-up session, around 10-15 minutes long will occur towards the end of the afternoon, where your pupils can present their work and solutions to the great detective. The virtual visit can be with any size group, large or small, although obviously the size of the group will influence the opportunities that individuals have for asking questions etc.

Links to the Curriculum

The virtual visit will enhance a class topic on Victorian Britain, as well as problem-solving in mathematics.

In addition, taking part in any video conference provides many opportunities for developing speaking and listening skills. Pupils have to take turns and soon realise that it is not possible for them to all talk at once. The focused nature of the visit will encourage concentration and listening skills. The visit takes the form of a group conversation so it is an excellent vehicle for developing good listening and turn-taking behaviour.

Pupils have the opportunity to

  • speak clearly, preparing beforehand what questions they are going to ask and choosing those words carefully. They will also need to take into account the needs of the presenter –  speaking clearly and slowly, and repeating questions when needed (KS2 Speaking En 1a, b, c, e f)
  • listen carefully to what is being said, and keep concentrating otherwise they may miss an instruction or learning point. Deciding if you need to ask further questions to clarify points and listen to the questions and answers that other pupils are asking as well. (KS2 Listening En 2c, e)
  • learn how to participate in a group discussion by taking turns to speak and understanding that different people have different parts to play in a group discussion (KS2 Speaking En 3a)
  • speak to a wider range of people than the audience within school, and listen to adults giving detailed explanations and presentations (KS2 Speaking En 8b, 9a)
  • experience video conferencing as an ICT tool to facilitate collaboration between people separated by distance, and how this can be used as a wider tool both within and outside school (ICT KS2 5b,c)