The Schools: Devonshire Hill, Lea Valley and Lancasterian Primary schools

Today, Year 6 students from Devonshire Hill, Lea Valley and Lancasterian Primary schools took part in an Enabling Enterprise Challenge Day focusing on developing Problem Solving skills. The three schools regularly collaborate, sharing knowledge and ideas, as part of the Harringay and West Green Networked Learning Community. Students across the schools have been developing their enterprise skills throughout the year during their Lesson-Time Projects: ‘Active Minds’, where Year 5 students work towards designing and facilitating their own fitness session in school; ‘Community Café’, where Year 2 students spend time setting up and running an eatery; and ‘Trash to Treasure’, which calls for a creative eye and a wild imagination through junk modelling.

The Challenge: Crime Scene Investigation

Today, students took on the roles of crime-cracking detectives and Problem Solving private-inspectors because a terrible crime has been committed in school. With four potential suspects and a wealth of evidence to be assessed, the students worked tirelessly in their teams to find the perpetrator. By taking notes from the crime scene, Listening Carefully to audio tapes, reading through witness statements and assessing the fingerprints left around the school, students worked together to try and solve the mystery – but did they piece together the clues to find the guilty party?

The Results:

At Devonshire Hill students had to work hard on Listening and Aiming High skills as they strived to keep a focus on attention to detail throughout all aspects of the day. This was demonstrated in the fine detail of their discussion, notes of evidence analysis and in their final case presentations.

At Lancasterian Primary, the Year 6 students worked well in their teams to collect and analyse the clues available. It was fantastic to see many were combining their creativity and their existing knowledge to create theories with alibis, accomplices and framing.

What they said:

  • “Today has been really great for them to be able to develop their problem-solving skills and be open-minded to re-evaluating their decisions and changing their minds after each new piece of evidence.” – Year 6 Teacher, Devonshire Hill
  • “I really enjoyed the ‘Suspect Statements’ activity because we all had to listen carefully, analyse the information and then share our investigations with our group.” – Year 6 Student, Devonshire Hill

Well done to everyone who was involved.

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