The School: St Francis’ Catholic Primary School

St Francis’ Catholic Primary School, located in the London Borough of Newham, nominated their most analytical students to take on today’s challenge. Split between two classes, 60 students from across the whole school worked in mixed groups; Years 1-3 and Years 4-6 Working in a Team in a one-of-a-kind challenge that would stretch their Problem Solving skills. Let’s see how they got on.

The Challenge: Crime Scene Challenge

Students heard about the mysterious case of the ‘Sugar Snatcher’, a criminal at large in the borough going to unsuspecting schools and stealing their entire chocolate supply! In an emergency meeting, teams learnt that the police had four likely suspects. Back in class, it was the aspiring detectives’ duty to analyse fingerprints, listen to audio files and scour through witness statements before preparing their evidence board. Working in their teams, the new police recruits pieced together the clues and made a group decision about who they thought was the Sugar Snatcher.

The Results:

From the outset it was clear that these students weren’t going to let the Sugar Snatcher get away with another crime in Newham! It was great to hear all of the theories come to light, especially after teams were welcomed into the live Crime Scene early in the morning. Students in all years worked fantastically well in teams, creating clear evidence boards and imaginative stories behind their reasoning.

What they said:

  • “It’s really exciting – I can’t wait to find out who did it.” – Teacher, Year 2
  • “We have shown good Leading by listening to each other and not just rushing ahead with our own idea.” – Student, Year 4
  • “I like that my team are listening to my ideas and helping me.” – Student, Year 1
  • “Staying positive will be a useful skill if you’re a police officer or case investigator because when you think that way, you know nothing can bring you down and I imagine that in the police it would be good to have something to motivate and encourage you.” – Student, Year 6

Well done to everyone who was involved.

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