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The Escape From Millbrook Manor – Whole Class Escape Game

Teach Starter Publishing
PowerPoint, PDF | 19 pages | Years: 3 - 6

An exciting escape room game where students use their maths skills to escape Millbrook Manor.

Implementing Classroom Escape Games

Escape the room games are so much fun! When you bring them into the classroom, it is an exciting opportunity for your students to demonstrate teamwork and problem-solving skills.

The Escape From Millbrook Manor is perfect for some spooky fun in the lead up to Halloween. It tasks your students with solving puzzles in five different rooms. They add together the numbers they find in each room, revealing a passcode that allows them to escape the creepy mansion!

Students can complete the puzzles in any order allowing them to mill around the classroom dynamically. It also reduces the need to print a set of clue pages for each student.

Can Your Students Escape Millbrook Manor?

There are instructions on introducing the escape game and setting the scene for your students included in the resource. You can choose to read through the introduction as a class using the cut-out notes that break up the story into paragraphs for selected students to read aloud. The other option is for the teacher to read the whole introduction. Both require the teacher to embody Francois Millbrook (the Game Master) so enjoy your time in the spotlight!

The rooms included in the tour of the Millbrook are:

  • The Creepy Kitchen – students have to find the correct keys based on specific descriptions
  • The Bizzare Bedroom – students use a cut-out cipher to detect the numbers needing to be added together
  • The Spooky Study – students decode a message written using strange symbols
  • The Freaky Foyer – students follow a path that leads them to the correct number
  • The Loathsome Library – students find books using a coordinate system.

Enter the Passcode to Escape

An interactive PowerPoint is included as a drop-down menu item. This is the way students escape using the final passcode. Suggested implementation is as follows:

  1. Open the PowerPoint and start the Slide Show from the beginning slide. As your students walk into the room, this provides an exciting display, grabbing their interest with a vibrant ‘Escape From Millbrook Manor’ title slide.
  2. When you begin the game, click the title screen to progress to the electronic lock slide. You can display the lock while the students are working on the puzzles.
  3. Students attempt to escape the manor by clicking the numbers on the keypad. If they enter a correct passcode, they will escape. If they are incorrect, the lock will flash an ‘Incorrect’ message and then automatically reset. The students will need to check their answers and try again.

Due to the complexity of behind-the-scenes links going on in this PowerPoint, standard keyboard navigation has been disabled. You will need to click the screen to progress from the title page to the electronic lock. When you are finished with the PowerPoint, tap the ‘Esc’ key on your keyboard.

Simultaneous Differentiation

This escape game is differentiated. There are three separate versions of the Millbrook Manor Guidebook (the students’ worksheets) with content aligned to different year levels. All Guidebooks use the same clue pages so students can all participate at the same time! Shapes on the front cover identify the three versions as follows:

  • circle – two- and three-digit addition
  • triangle – two- to four-digit addition and subtraction, multiplying numbers by ten
  • pentagon – the above, plus order of operations and halving large numbers.

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  • Sarah Monk

    Hi, in the version that I downloaded the triangle guidebook has the the incorrect tour instructions for the creepy kitchen, the loathsome library and the spooky study.

    • Tom (Teach Starter)

      Hi Sarah, Thank you for getting in touch. I just checked the download and it seems to be correct on our end. What may have happened is that the Circle version of those room clues may have been printed on the back of the Triangle guidebook's cover. For the correct Triangle guidebook print pages 10 and 11 back-to-back. I will definitely take this into consideration when making these resources in the future. I think adding a matching shape to the inside of the guidebook would help alleviate any confusion as to which pages go with which. I hope that helps!

  • Darren Burn

    1000/10 would recommend. My students LOVED it. I teach Year 3-6 and the differentiation of the booklets worked wonderfully. The PowerPoint that goes with it was super engaging for all the students and they were all buzzing about it. Overall, it was such a strong learning experience for all involved!

    • Felicity van't Wel

      Thanks, Darren, for that awesome feedback! We're so glad you and your class enjoyed it!

  • **************

    Hi there, can students who are using differentiated booklets work in the same group together? Or is it advised that students in the same group use the same booklet.

    • Dean Hughes

      Hi Brendan. It is simpler for students to be using the same booklet in the same groups. However, if you have students who are both interested and capable of helping other groups at the same time, I don't see a problem with that!

  • Dean Hughes

    Hi David. Yes, that is the best idea in this specific situation. As long as your students have done well and found the correct answers up to that point, then the game is completable and they can 'escape' the manor!

  • David Spencer

    I have downloaded the PDF version as I do not have the appropriate membership level to get the PowerPoint file. I have not yet used the activity with my class, but when I do, what is the suggestion for me when it comes to the escape keypad that is available in the PowerPoint? I imagine it is just having them tell me the number, but wanted to check as this is not clear in the files or on the web page. Thanks.

  • Rebecca Williams

    I did this today with my Year 6 students. They absolutely loved it!!!! They want to do more of them. It is so well set out and really easy to set up in the classroom. Thank you!!

    • Dean Hughes

      Thanks for the kind comment, Rebecca! We're so glad you enjoyed the escape game, the team put a lot of effort into designing and creating it, with comments like yours making it worthwhile.

  • *************

    Awesome activity! We are online at the moment and did this in breakout rooms and it worked really well and an exciting and different activity to offer them when they are struggling with the longevity of online learning.

    • Dean Hughes

      Thanks for the kind words, Sarah! We're really glad the game helped you and your students.

  • Molly Brooker

    I cannot get the powerpoint to work. can instructions for the PP be included?

    • Dean Hughes

      Hi Molly! If you were trying to use a keyboard with the Powerpoint it won't have worked due to keyboard navigation being turned off. Using a mouse will allow you to progress. There are instructions in the downloadable PDF, and we've just updated the instructions on this page to ensure people understand this after your helpful comment! Let me know if it works for you!