The School: Five Elms Primary

Five Elms Primary School in Barking and Dagenham are in their second year of working with Enabling Enterprise, striving to develop core enterprise skills in their pupils. They have been doing this not only in Lesson-Time Projects in school, but also on business trips to top employers across London, for example at shopping centre Westfield last term, or property developers JLL next term. Today the school took the opportunity to stretch their students’ Problem Solving skills, Working in a Team and Using Imagination as they took on another double challenge.

The Challenge for Years 1 to 3: Crime Scene Investigation

During morning assembly, pupils from Years 1 to 3 discovered that the ‘Sugar Snatcher’ has been committing terrible crimes in local primary schools, stealing all the chocolate supplies from school kitchens and cupboards. They were tasked with the job of finding out the identity of this terrible criminal. Using all eight of their enterprise skills to the highest standard, the students sifted through various pieces of evidence to piece together what happened and who the culprit was.

The Challenge for Years 4 to 6: Operation Moonbase

Meanwhile, students in Years 4 to 6 were Using Imagination and stretched their Working in a Team skills through a series of activities to set up a new society on a distant planet called Utopia. Teams needed to take on the role of recruitment managers, designers, architects, builders and advertising executives to complete the task.

The Results:

After close inspection of all the clues, the aspiring police recruits worked hard to make sense of the evidence they gathered. They held several team meetings to decide who they thought the Sugar Snatcher was. Each team then prepared a presentation to share their findings with the Case Officer.

The would-be astronauts in Years 4–6 were equally impressive with their teamwork throughout the day. Some groups excelled at Using Imagination when coming up with reasons why their Moonbase was the best, complete with 3D models of their ideal cities, which they had built from scratch after their planning discussions.

At the end of the day it was no surprise that the scoreboards in each classroom were full of well-deserved points for all the enterprise skills Five Elms showed off. Congratulations!

What they said:

  • “We had to listen carefully. How else could we solve the crime?” – Student, Year 1
  • “I’ve aimed high because that what you have to do to be the best at your job!” – Student, Year 1
  • “This is really interesting for some children who would not normally be described as high achievers academically, but today has allowed them to think outside the box and see the bigger picture. It’s really helped their higher-level thinking skills. I love it! I wish we could this every day! – Teacher, Year 2
  • “Their skills continue to improve between projects, challenge days and trips. Today has been clear evidence of that.” – Teacher, Year 4
  • “It was hard to choose only 4 members for our crew, but that is part of Problem Solving and Staying Positive.” – Student, Year 4

Well done to everyone who was involved.

Enabling Enterprise are working in partnership with schools and businesses to support students to build enterprise skills and aspirations. Find out more by contacting us or visiting

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