The School: Oasis Academy Skinner Street

Students at Oasis Academy Skinner Street in Gillingham, Kent have been developing enterprise skills through Enabling Enterprise projects since 2014. So far this year, Primary pupils have taken part in an exciting Enterprise Week during Autumn term. Each year group worked on a different project linked to their Literacy work; for example, Key Stage 1 students set up a Postal Service in school and Key Stage 2 either redesigned their class reading area for Brilliant Books or wrote a newspaper in Making News.

Today, it was the turn of Reception and Year 1 to take on the role of police detectives, as they searched for the Sugar Snatcher!

The Challenge: Crime Scene Challenge

As pupils filed into the hall for the morning assembly, they instantly knew something had happened! Dressed in protective clothing, a crime scene officer revealed that all the chocolate had been stolen from the school kitchen!

The young police recruits were keen to get started and applied their Literacy knowledge to figure out which fairy tale characters were on the suspects list. They got into teams and analysed different evidence, including fingerprints and sound clips from the crime scene. In Reception, they also got creative by making their own police badges, fingerprint artwork and wanted posters. The new police teams also visited the scene of the crime and got stuck in with bagging evidence, searching for clues, trying on police protective gear and discussing everything they’d found in relation to the crime.

The Results:

In the afternoon, each team of police detectives had a tough decision to make: who dunnit?

They had to apply their Listening Carefully, Sharing Ideas and Working in a Team skills to come to a compromise that everyone agreed with. The day ended with a series of police presentations during which each team shared their main suspect with the rest of the class.

Just as teams were reflecting on the enterprise skills they’d used throughout the day, a shock confession video came through and sent shockwaves through the school. At least that puts an end to the case of the Sugar Snatcher… for now!

What they said:

  • “They’re really enjoying it.” – Teacher, Reception
  • “I’ve listened to my team when they were telling me who they think did the crime.” – Student, Year 1

Well done to everyone who was involved.

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