The School: Coppermill Primary

Students across the whole school, from Nursery to Year 6, at Coppermill Primary School took on the challenge of becoming police recruits for the day in order to solve the case of the Sugar Snatcher. This greedy criminal had been accused of breaking into the school and stealing all of the chocolate from the school canteen. Therefore, it was down to the Coppermill detectives to apply their Working in a Team and Problem Solving skills to catch the Sugar Snatcher once and for all. Having worked with Enabling Enterprise since 2014 to develop their core enterprise skills, this challenge was definitely going to be achievable for the Coppermill new recruits.

The Challenge: Crime Scene Investigation

After learning more about the case and four possible fairy tale suspects during an emergency assembly, the teams soon set to work to begin analysing different pieces of evidence. These included fingerprint and sound clip clues that had been collected from around the school building. These activities required students to Listen Carefully to one another as they began Sharing Ideas as to who the Sugar Snatcher could be and how they were able to strike yet another school. A visit to the Crime Scene helped the new recruits to further build on their cases and ensure their evidence was solid.

The Results:

Over the day, the Coppermill recruits excelled in their evidence gathering tasks as points continued flying onto class scoreboards in recognition of all the different enterprise skills that were being demonstrated. Once enough evidence had been collected and carefully analysed, the recruits carried on Working in a Team to prepare their evidence boards to present for Stephen, the case officer. Students successfully Shared Ideas during the presentations and ensured their accusations were backed up with evidence. Before the end of the day, an unexpected confession sent shockwaves throughout the school as it was revealed that Little Red Riding Hood was the guilty suspect.

What they said:

  • “Today has really challenged the children to work together in their teams and it’s been really great to see some of the more quiet students speak up” – Teacher, Year 6
  • “We were all really pleased with the outcomes and how much the children enjoyed it. It’s not easy to design and deliver a truly whole-school event that is as engaging, interesting and challenging for all” – Assistant Headteacher
  • “When I go home I am going to say that today I solved a mystery!” – Student, Reception
  • “It’s good that we got to work in teams because it made it much easier – if I had to solve the crime on my own it would have been really hard and taken ages! ” – Student, Year 5

Well done to everyone who was involved.

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