SHERLOCK Holmes tackled a very modern mystery when he arrived at a Sheffield primary school with his companion Dr Watts-on.
The great detective arrived at Handsworth’s Ballifield Primary in Doctor Who’s Tardis – borrowed for the day from the Time Lord.
The pair were called on to investigate why Sheffield had been plunged into stygian gloom – in a play sponsored by energy giant E.ON called Town of Total Darkness.
It soon became clear that the city’s residents had been wasting electricity, resulting in an overloaded system.
The play has been written to teach youngsters how to save energy and reduce their carbon footprint.
It is also part of the company’s Energy Experience programme - which has an interactive website with supporting classroom packs.
The programme helps young people understand different sources of energy, including sustainable energy and renewable energy methods such as solar panels.
Headteacher Sheila Haigh said: “The children got on really well with the actors and responded well to the issues raised in the play.
“The play was a fun, enjoyable way to get the pupils thinking about energy and make them aware of some of the issues that could affect them in the future.”
E.ON spokeswoman Billie-Jean Pool said: “The Energy Experience programme supports the national science and geography curricula and it doesn’t just tell young people about energy, it enables them to experience it in a fun and informative setting.
“The Town of Total Darkness play is intended to teach youngsters about energy use at home, in the community and on a wider scale, with the aim of encouraging them to become responsible energy consumers.”
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