The School:

Newham-based Vicarage Primary is in its second year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Previously, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills by creating their very own political parties from scratch, as well as visiting businesses across London such as IBM and the DWP. Ahead of a buzzing fortnight of enterprise projects kicking off in every classroom, today’s challenge was a fantastic opportunity for students from Nursery right through to Year 6 to put their Enterprise Skills to the test once more, this time particularly honing in on Problem Solving and Staying Positive.

The Challenge: Crime Scene

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 the culprit was. Continuing to practise their Working in a Team skills, it was then time to present their case to the case officer. One thing was certain – they absolutely stretched their skills to the highest standard in order to prove which suspect was guilty.

What they said:

  • “Now for the important bit where we can talk about all the skills they have developed and how police officers might use these too.” – Teacher
  • “I’ve been totally surprised already by how they are working together and how far they have come – it’s such an exciting day and they get to piece it all together.” – Teacher
  • “We’ve used our best teamwork today because we’ve used everyone’s ideas to find who did this.” – Student
  • “It was hard but we stayed positive the whole day and we didn’t give up!” – 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

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