The School: Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School

At Our Lady’s Catholic Primary, in Kitts Green, Birmingham, they have been expertly developing their students’ enterprise skills for the second year running. They have taken part in a range of business trips to employers and successfully completed Lesson-Time Projects culminating in a super Enterprise Fair in school last half-term. As a result, the bar was set high for their whole-school Crime Scene Enterprise Day when classes from Reception through to Year 6 were required to work in a team to tackle this challenge.

The Challenge: Crime Scene

In a special assembly the children learned that ‘The Sugar Snatcher’ had struck again: a criminal targeting schools across the country, stealing all the chocolate and sweet supplies from school kitchens and cupboards. Urgent help was needed to identify the culprit and fortunately the new police recruits from Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School were up for the job! Working together, they collected and analysed evidence, stretched their Problem Solving skills and focused on Staying Positive as their investigation took shape.

The Results:

Throughout the day, it was brilliant to see students of all ages, making links between what they already knew about the suspects from their literacy work and the clues they were presented with, in order to close in on their prime suspect. The enterprising detective teams even presented their case – displaying increased confidence in public speaking and show casing their Leading skills. There was a real sense of pride in their work. To round off the day, they gathered in the hall to celebrate their successes – when a shock confession came in from one of the suspects. Case closed!

What they said:

  • “For somebody who usually struggles in the classroom, one of my pupils was doing exceptionally well in the crime scene. I was so impressed!” – Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School, Year 1 Teaching Support Assistant
  • “All of the children are engaged and enthused. The vocabulary they are using is superb!” – Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School, Teacher, EYFS
  • “They worked loads better as a team. They are really improving and they are much more reflective too.” – Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School Year 5 Teacher
  • “There is a buzz throughout the school. It’s brilliant. So much enthusiasm!’– Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School, Headteacher
  • “It’s lovely to see them transfer the skills from our enterprise project work to the challenge today. I’m really proud of them all!” – Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School Year 3 Teacher
  • “We think working as a team is useful because it helps you solve everything!” – Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School, Year 3 Student
  • “We have been investigating – that means finding out…when I am big I am going to be a police officer too.” – Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School, Year 1 Student

Well done to everyone who was involved.

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