Cops and Robbers

Cops and robbers

Cops and Robbers- ‘Secret Paintings’

Create a picture or map that will remain secret from the police!

You will Need:

Wax crayons or pastels

Water colours or watered down poster paint


Paint brush

Secret Paintings #1  Secret Paintings #2

  1. Using a white crayon or pastel draw a picture or map on paper. (Adults might need to help go over pupils’ marks so they are quite heavy).
  2. When you are happy with your picture brush over the paper with coloured paints.
  3. You should see your picture appear on the page.

Can you send a secret message to someone? Shhh don’t get caught by the police…Good Luck!

Sensory I Spy

Be a mini detective and look for hidden objects in a bottle or bag. Some pupils may like to use this as a sensory bag and have fun finding objects by chance. Other pupils may like the challenge of finding specific objects.

You could theme them to numbers, letters or colours or enjoy a variety of objects. 

You will need:

Ziplock bag or clear bottle

Rice or lentils

Small toys & objects


Sensory I Spy #1  Sensory I Spy #2

Sensory I Spy #3

  1. Fill you bag or bottle with rice approx. ¾ full. Put in less rice if you want the game to be easier.
  2. Collect small objects and toys for example lego, cracker toys, small figures, dice magnetic letters etc.
  3. Take a collective photo or make a list of all the toys, so your child knows what they are looking for.
  4. Place the toys in the bag or bottle, shake the rice as you go, so the toys are distributed evenly.
  5. Seal the bag or bottle with tape so the contents don’t escape.
  6. HAVE FUN!

Police Officer's Footsteps

Name: Police Officer's Footsteps

Activity:  This activity is of the same principle as Grandma’s footsteps. One person is chosen to be Burglar Bill/Betty and puts on the mask and hat, rummaging in a sack facing away from the other players (police).

When the game starts, all the other players have to try and sneak up on the burglar without being seen or heard.  At random times throughout the game, the burglar has to turn around. Any police officer seen moving gets sent back to the start.

The burglar turns back around and players start moving again. The winner is the person who first taps Burglar Bill or Burglar Betty on the shoulder. This person is the burglar in the next round.

Basic Rules:

 • All players must remain as quiet as they can when approaching the burglar.

• If the burglar says you’re out, you must go back to the starting line.

• The burglar can turn around as often as s/he likes

By: Jake

For: All (Supporting KS3 Newsletter)

Playdough Supper

Name: Playdough supper

Activity: Burglar Bill's Supper Burglar Bill liked to eat fish and chips for supper.

Can you make him a fish and chip supper using play dough and add some healthy vegetables such as peas and carrots?

By: Jake

For: All

Burglar Bill's Memory Game

Name: Burglar Bill's Memory Game

Activity:  Playing this game is a good way of developing memory skills and concentration – both skills useful for all learning. Put 4 things from the Burglar Bill story on a tray – e.g. a toothbrush, a picture, a torch, a baby’s rattle etc.

Ask the children to look carefully at them for about thirty seconds. Then take the tray away and ask them what they remember.

Extend: Alternatively, cover the things, take one away and ask the children to spot what’s missing. You can put more things on the tray as they get better.

By: Jake

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Ginger Biscuits

Name: Ginger Biscuits.


Burglar Bill and Burglar Betty enjoy eating ginger biscuits together, why not make some to try?


• 110g butter (or margarine)

• 1 egg

• 225g self-raising flour

 • 225g sugar

 • 1/2 tsp baking powder

• 1 tsp ground ginger


 1. Preheat the oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2.

2. Melt the butter, and mix in the beaten egg.

3. Mix together the dry ingredients, and then add the butter/egg mix. Make sure these mix thoroughly, it may be necessary to use your hands.

4. Shape the resulting dough into small balls roughly 2cm across.

5. Place WELL APART on a thoroughly greased tray, (About 6 on an average sized tray) and bake for 20-25 mins. (If they are still a bit pale after this, turn the oven up a fraction to brown them slightly).

6. Leave to cool completely on the tray.

By: Jake

For: All (Supporting KS3 Newsletter)

Burglar Bill's Obstacle Course

Name: Burglar Bill's Obstacle Course

Activity:  Who’s that creeping down the street? Who’s that climbing up the wall? Who’s that coming through the window? Who’s that?...It’s Burglar Bill.

Provide an obstacle course where children can practice moving like Burglar Bill. Have items children could weave between, crawl under, climb or kick/throw etc. At the end of the obstacle course have a playhouse/tent/den where children choose an item to put in their sack before returning to the start.

 Make items of varying sizes and weights so they are developing spatial awareness and thinking carefully about their choices.

By: Jake

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Initial Letter

Name: Initial Letter

Description:  Early letter and reading task.

Match or write the correct initial letter/sound in the CVC word. I.E ‘P’ for pig. Encourage repeating of sounds where possible.

Those that are non-verbal present a choice using flashcards.

By: Jake

For: All

cvc initial sounds (.pdf file)

Wanted poster

Task: Wanted poster

Description:  Burglar Bill is a wanted man. The police want to find him.

Can you design your own wanted poster using craft materials or odd magazine cut outs. Use the descriptors sheet or imagination to write about your post.

who by: Jake

For: All

Wanted poster template (.pdf file)

Wanted descriptors (.pdf file)