The School: Oaklands Primary School

Oaklands Primary School, located in Ealing, has worked with Enabling Enterprise as a partner school for three years. Teachers have been working, both inside and outside the classroom, to encourage exploration of the world of work. With this support, students have been developing enterprise skills during Lesson-Time Projects, trips to businesses and whole-school Challenge Days.

The Challenge: Crime Scene Investigation

Today’s challenge sees students from across the school apply their enterprise skills by becoming teams of crime-cracking detectives and Problem Solving private-inspectors… A terrible crime has been committed in school and it is down to the students to work tirelessly in their teams, assessing the evidence and Listening Carefully to audio tapes to work together to solve the mystery. Let’s see if they managed to unravel the clues and determine their key suspect.

The Results:

Whilst all students were tasked with assessing evidence during a visit to the crime scene, particular students were given the extra responsibility of becoming ‘detail detectives’ and sketch artists. It was important for the students to be Listening Carefully and making notes on the suspects so they could create a detailed log of their findings. There was a tangible sense of intrigue and a fantastic buzz around the whole school, all day. Both students and staff were discussing their ideas and making informed guesses about who the ‘Sugar Snatcher’ was based on the evidence that had come to light!

What they said:

  • “My class are really enjoying today, it’s really testing their problem-solving and reasoning skills.” – Teacher
  • “We’ve got better as a team because when we all had different ideas we did a vote.” – Student, Year 2

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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