The School: Oasis Academy Woodview

Located near Five Ways, Birmingham, Oasis Academy Woodview have been developing their students’ enterprise skills for the third year running through Lesson-Time Projects in Years 1 to 6 and have provided opportunities with Enabling Enterprise to visit an international law firm, Morgan Motor Company and The Birmingham Chamber of Commerce amongst others. Today, the whole school decided they were up for a stretching challenge – putting the budding entrepreneurs’ Problem Solving and Listening Carefully skills to the test.

The Challenge: Crime Scene

Throughout the whole school, the aspiring CSIs worked in their detective teams to close in on the Sugar Snatcher – a character in disrepute who has been going round all schools in the UK, stealing their entire chocolate and sweet supplies! Teams were keen to find the culprit and they couldn’t wait to start investigating – collecting and analysing all the evidence, sharing ideas and problem solving along the way.

The Results:

Early Years and Foundation children joined in on the case too – working creatively as mini detectives! Meanwhile, the Key Stage 1 and 2 police recruits had impressed their teachers by effectively Working in a Team – scoreboards in every classroom were full of points to reward their critical thinking and clear communication skills when Sharing Ideas and Listening Carefully. As prime suspects were announced, teams were proud of Staying Positive and stretching their skills beyond what they had ever imagined. At the end of the day, as the students were reflecting in Assembly on all of the enterprise skills they used, some shocking news came in – case closed!

What they said:

  • “This challenge has proved that the students were able to develop their teamwork even further than I expected, so I’m really pleased with that. They are making great progress.” – Teacher, Oasis Academy Woodview
  • “Today I’ve learnt not to jump to conclusions! As a detective you need to use all of the enterprise skills – especially listening carefully and problem solving.” – Year 5 Student, Oasis Academy Woodview
  • “When I’m taller, I’m going to be a detective. I’ve got the right skills.” – Year 1 Student, Oasis Academy Woodview

Well done to everyone who was involved – it was certainly lots of fun.

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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