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Year 5 and 6 Book Club

Hello! Whether you've been with us from the beginning (Emilylaugh), joined later on (Darceyjolaugh) or a new arrivallaugh, welcome!

We're currently reading Stories of Sherlock Holmes: The Boscombe Valley Mystery over on the Oxford Owl website. Email your class teacher if you don't have your log in to hand. A man has been brutally killed and we're about to find out the identity of the murderer!

Feel free to have a go at any of the activities below. Email your ideas to year6@torrisholme.lancs.sch.uk and I'll share them on this page.


Have fun, Mrs Stembridge yes


Book Club – Chapter 4

Read pages 16-20. John Turner confesses to the murder of Charles McCarthy. Re-read the descriptions of John Turner on pages 10, 15, 18-19 and draw him, annotating everything you know about him. Can you predict WHY he might have murdered Charles McCarthy? 

Chapter 3

Pages 13 to 15 describe Sherlock Holmes examining the murder scene.

Can you draw the area around Boscombe pond, including all of the clues that the famous detective uncovers? Are you any closer to identifying the murderer?

Email me at year6@torrisholme.lancs.sch.uk with your ideas.

Mrs Stembridge enlightened

Chapter 3 - Who murdered Charles McCarthy?

Emily's murder scene
Darceyjo's murder scene

I think they went to Australia to join in with the gold rush. I think this because the gold rush began in 1850 and ended in the 1890s.

Mr Turner wanted Mr McCarthy's share of gold, so he killed him to take it.

From Emily 😉


Has anyone got any other ideas? Email me at year6@torrisholme.lancs.sch.uk

Year 5 and 6 Book Club


We will start with Stories of Sherlock Holmes. Arthur Conan Doyle wrote lots of mysteries featuring this shrewd detective, many of which have been made into films and TV series.


Head over to the Oxford Owl website, use your class log in and find the Age 9-11 drop down. Sherlock Holmes is on the second row.


I would like you to read Chapter 1, using the audio reader if you like. It recounts the dastardly murder and introduces several potential suspects. Who do you think murdered Charles McCarthy? Let me know via Facebook or  year6@torrisholme.lancs.sch.uk


I look forward to hearing from you,


Mrs Stembridge enlightened

Chapter 1 - your suspects

Emily has multiple suspects. She emailed to say:

Dear Mrs Stembridge
I have three suspects 🙂.
The first one is John Turner, the man who owns Charles McCarthy's land. It says he owns the land but nothing else. I think that he asked for his land back but Charles didn't want to give it to him. Because of this, John murdered him and just took the land anyway.
The second suspect is his daughter because, like I said with John, it says that she is his daughter but nothing else.
The third suspect is his son because they were having a violent argument. Here is my theory.
John Turner asked for his land back. Charles McCarthy was okay with this but his son disagreed with him. This is why they had a violent argument. Charles' daughter ran out to see what was going but by the time she got there, her brother had already killed his dad. I'm not sure whether it was by accident or on purpose though.
All three are credible suspects but Arthur Conan Doyle is a master of the twist in the tale. We'll have to see what happens in Chapter 2. Let me know what you think before Monday!