The School:

Yeadon Westfield Junior School is in their first year working with Enabling Enterprise as the school potentially embark upon offering annual Challenge Days to develop their pupils Enterprise Skills. Today’s challenge was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 3 to Year 6 to put their Skills to the test as they were introduced to the importance of Aiming High, Leading, Listening Carefully, Problem Solving, Sharing Ideas, Staying Positive, Using Imagination and Working in a Team.

The Challenge: Crime Scene Challenge

Over the course of the day, the students worked in teams as police investigators to solve the case of the ‘Sugar Snatcher.’ Following police procedures such as fingerprint analysis and evaluating evidence at the crime scene itself, the students were able to put their Problem Solving skills to the test to help them build a convincing case for who they thought was the guilty culprit. Continuing to practice their Working in a Team skills, it was then time to present their case to the case officer.
Each year group were challenged in the skills in different ways, with Year 3 experiencing working in teams for a day and finding ways to resolve conflict; Year 4 worked across the two classes, delivering their group presentations to the other class in their year, offering a more challenging experience; Year 5 were encouraged to become independent and make decisions over how they listen to each other and share ideas to complete each task and Year 6 were expected to establish a system of fair contribution and show leadership skills by motivating others to share ideas, and also demonstrate an ability to aim high and deliver dynamic, and often entertaining, presentations with only a short time to prepare. A huge well done to all the year groups.

What they said:

  • “It has been great to see the pupils solve problems on their own and not rely upon asking a teacher to find a solution.” – Teacher
  • “Watching the groups work well together with people that they may not have been happy to work with has shown how well they can work in a team.” – Teacher
  • “We have been listening carefully to each other by making sure everyone gets a chance to speak and have a turn to share their ideas.” – Student
  • “When we haven’t been able to agree, we have not argued but just decided on one idea that everyone is happy with.” – Student

Thanks to everyone for such a great Challenge Day!

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 enablingenterprise.org

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