The School:

Cippenham Primary School in Slough is in its first year of working with Enabling Enterprise. The students and staff are as keen as ever this academic year to develop a set of eight Essential Skills which dove-tail nicely with one of their values, Aiming High as well as their slogan ‘Be Proud, Be Inspired, Be Excited’. And so today’s challenge was a fantastic opportunity for students from Reception through to Year 6 to kick off their enterprise education programme and put those Essential Skills to the test through a stretching challenge. As students were honing in on Problem Solving and Working in a Team, let’s find out how they got on…

The Crime Scene Challenge

It was not the usual start of the day at Cippenham Primary – a crime had been committed and no fewer than three crime scenes had to be secured by the EE detectives in the early hours of the morning – in one of the Year 6 classrooms, in the Hall, and in the Dance Studio.

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 and identify the prime suspect. Early Years also got involved and helped out by proudly wearing their police badges and finding clues in their outdoor area. Continuing to practise their Working in a Team skills, it was then time for all the police teams to present their case to the Case Officer.

The day culminated in a shock confession from one of the suspects. Still, the aspiring detectives walked away from the challenge with the pride that they had stretched their essential skills one step further on this investigation. Case closed!

What they said:

  • “The kids are loving this… Everywhere I go, they’re talking about it!” – Assistant Principal
  • “They’ve shown amazing teamwork today. They were in groups of all academic levels and the ones who are usually quiet were able to contribute. It really stretched their logical thinking.” – Teacher, Year 3
  • “When we disagreed we explained our reasons more, so that we could persuade the rest of the team on who the right suspect was.” – Student, Year 4
  • “This is hard! Every time we think we’ve got it, we find new evidence which makes us think differently.” – Student, Year 6
  • “I like working in teams because I don’t have to worry of I get things wrong – my friends can help me.” – Student, Year 1
  • “The children and staff had a fun, engaging Crime Scene day. Children were so enthusiastic about the challenges, as were all the staff!” – Assistant Principal

Thanks to everyone for such a great Challenge Day!

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