The School: Wendell Park Primary School

Wendell Park Primary are in their second year of working with Enabling Enterprise, developing their enterprise skills through lesson-time projects, business trips and challenge days. Today, the whole school drew on their past experience to help Ms Howarth in a challenge that would stretch the students’ problem-solving skills beyond what they had ever imagined.

The Challenge: Crime Scene Challenge

It was due to be a quiet Friday at Wendell Park, but instead of the usual star award assembly, students were briefed by Detective Daisy, who told them about the ‘Sugar Snatcher’ and the shocking crime that was committed overnight. All of the chocolate in the school had been stolen! Working in teams, students were set the challenge of analysing lots of different pieces of evidence to decide who could have committed this crime. They had to listen carefully to make sure they had all the facts before making their final decision and presenting it back to the Case Officer.

The Results:

Students had to work in teams to problem-solve all day and decide who the culprit was. Throughout the day the teams were rewarded with points for Listening Carefully to each other and Sharing their Ideas in order to select the most compelling evidence which would prove their suspect guilty. The young detectives also took turns to visit the school’s crime scene where a range of additional clues were collected as accurately as possible.

Teams aimed really high and managed to stay positive as the evidence led to some intense debates in parts. The investigation culminated in a round of impressively professional presentations, where teachers and EE staff alike praised not only the style but also the critical thinking that was demonstrated by the would-be CSIs.

What they said:

  • “They’re so into it. I’m really pleased to see them enjoy the challenge like this. I’ve never seen them talk so much and so well in their teams!” – Teacher, Wendell Park Primary School
  • “It’s not always easy to agree on things as a team, but we worked on it and found it easier as the day went on.” – Year 3 Student, Wendell Park Primary School

A huge Well done to everyone who was involved.

Enabling Enterprise are working in partnership with schools and businesses to support students to build enterprise skills and aspirations. Find out more by contacting us.

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