The School: Summerfield Junior and Infant School

Summerfield School in Birmingham is an Enabling Enterprise Primary School. This year they are developing key enterprise skills in their students through a range of Lesson Time projects, Challenge Days and Business Trips. Recently pupils from Years 3, 4, 5, and 6 put their Using Imagination and Sharing Ideas enterprise skills to the test at Capgemini in Birmingham. Other students from Years 2 to 6 joined volunteers from Unity Trust Bank to develop a piece of technology to solve a problem in the office. The whole school used their enterprise skills to solve the mystery of the Sugar Snatcher!

The Challenge: Crime Scene Investigation

The day started with shock revelation: all the chocolate in the school had been stolen from the school kitchen! No puddings for the children, no tasty snacks for the teachers – could the pupils of Summerfield Primary solve the crime? They had to use all of their problem solving skills as they examined evidence, their listening carefully skills were crucial as they heard CCTV and working in a team to decide who they thought was guilty!

The Results:

Throughout the day it was brilliant to see students in all classrooms making links between what they already knew about the suspects and the clues they were presented with. Sharing ideas and asking questions to solve problems, really got the teams working together to make decisions as they ‘closed in’ on their prime suspect. The enterprising detective teams even presented their case – showing increased confidence and a real sense of pride in their work. Reflections at the end of the day saw teams being able to identify the enterprise skills they had needed to use and it was agreed that all ‘new recruits’ had done a super job. Case closed!

What they said:

  • “The kids have really gotten into it, they’re working really well in their teams” – Teacher, Year 4
  • “My favourite part of the day has been looking on our fingerprints, because they’re all different” – Student, Year 1
  • “I like working in a team because sharing ideas means that we can solve the mystery quicker” – Student, Year 2

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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