End-of-term GCSE activity: Sherlock Holmes mathematical mystery

Looking for a fun and engaging way to fill an end-of-term lesson?  Download this free resource: 

"Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Devil's Eye" - a mathematical adventure in six thrilling epsiodes. Click to download pdf - it's a 9MB file so may take a short while.

Set in modern day London, Sherlock Holmes has been called in by Scotland Yard to investigate the theft of the world’s largest ruby, the Devil’s Eye. Stolen from Harrods, the police have nothing to go on except a few mathematical clues.

Your students’ challenge is to solve the clues to help Holmes and Watson work out where they must go next.

We first published this story last Autumn as a competition in six episodes.  Due to their continuing popularity on this blog, we’ve assembled all the episodes into this single booklet.  All the clues are designed as AO2 or AO3 problem-solving questions, they all carry a GCSE grade, and the booklet is free for you to download.  Best of all, if you’re subscriber you can also get a… 

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Leave a comment on this post and we’ll send one out to you!

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  1. Michael Close
    July 12, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Please send me a copy!

  2. ruksha
    July 12, 2011 at 11:37 am

    hi
    this was a brilliant set of lessons for the pupils and also for me!:)

  3. Jane Rowell
    July 12, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Please send me a paper copy

  4. nicola purves
    July 12, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    the Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Devil’s Eye looks great
    i have not seen this before bit it is a really engaging way to keep the students learning at the end of term i will definatly use this

  5. Mair Goodge
    July 12, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    I would love a print copy of the Sherlock Holmes mystery as the boys really like to solve different types of mysteries.

    Thank you
    Mair

  6. Mrs Rosemary Britton
    July 12, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    This is a great idea. Please send me my free copy.

  7. Jonathon Cox
    July 12, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Great activities!

  8. S Hankins
    July 13, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Excellent,please send me a copy.

  9. July 29, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Please send me a copy! Thanks.

  10. Big Dave
    August 8, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Enjoyable mathematical puzzling! Please send me a printed copy.

  11. Linda Crowe
    September 8, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Sounds great. Please send me a copy.

  12. Samantha Squire
    September 9, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Great. Please send me a copy!

  13. Brian Arnold
    October 19, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Please send me a copy

  14. Rie Linton
    August 27, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Cannot wait to use! Great resource and approach! Please send a copy!

    • penelb8
      August 29, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      Hello

      Happy to send you a print copy of the Sherlock adventures! Just send me a postal address to penelope.barber@pearson.com

      Thanks

      Penelope

  15. anna
    October 11, 2012 at 11:19 am

    may I have the copy? It’s interesting… i love sherlock holmes

    • penelb8
      November 9, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      Hello

      Happy to send you a print copy of the Sherlock adventures! Just send me a postal address to penelope.barber@pearson.com mailto:penelope.barber@pearson.com

      Thanks

      Penelope

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