Puzzle Challenge Days

The workshop was arranged for More Able pupils who have English as an Additional language to give them an opportunity to problem-solve collaboratively with learners from other schools. The day was a huge success for pupils and staff! The pupils enjoyed the activities, especially the competitive element and teamwork. The staff loved that the learning objectives were achieved and the way pupils were communicating and collaborating with pupils from other schools. ”
I learnt that don’t just look at a problem and assume it’s hard. These puzzles will help me in Maths
“Absolutely outstanding and highly effective. Both staff and students were blown away by the Puzzle Challenge Day and we are reaping the rewards. We have also seen an immediate change in the students. It’s tangible and it’s remarkable. Incredible workshops and we are feeling the benefits!”
“You have provided us with the most important workshop we have ever held at this school. You have left us with enthusiastic, resilient and engaged children. Every school needs to do this! You’re doing something truly amazing.”

Brain Blaster - Think... Communicate... Solve!

Foundation Stage | KS1 | KS2 | KS3 | KS4 | 16-19  

 A Puzzle Challenge Day consists of between three and five programme sessions, with up to 60 students taking part in each session. Your students will encounter a variety of challenges, most of which can be solved within a few minutes, but which require collaborative learning skills with careful strategic planning, in order to find a solution.

If the temptation to give up starts to appear, the programme teaches students how to persevere, put their own skills to better use as part of a team and overcome difficulties by approaching problems from a different perspective.

The challenges include; balancing 24 penguins on a moving iceberg, creating a road map with logical route ways, colour coded jigsaws, tube connection challenges and moving optical illusions.

The programme lengths are flexible to enable us to fit into your school's timetable.

Generally though, each session lasts for between 60 - 90 minutes, spread across the day.

All of the challenges are age and ability appropriate and the programmes are also suitable, and especially beneficial to students with specific learning difficulties and for Gifted and Talented programmes. 

 At the end of Puzzle Challenge Day programmes, students are asked what they feel they have learned that will help them in the future. Almost always, we hear the same three answers...

    "Never give up!"

    "That nothing needs to be impossible."

    "The importance of working as a team."


    These are powerful messages that cover the entire curriculum as well as life outside the classroom.

    Suddenly, students realise that it's ok to make the mistakes and that in many respects there is no such thing as a 'wrong' answer. If an answer is not quite right, we can use that to drive us in the right direction towards reaching our goal.

    It's learning without a pen and paper and it gives teachers a rare opportunity to take a step back an watch their students in action. Often, it's the students that you least expect to excel, who turn out to be incredible leaders and the inspiration that leads to the groups success.


Foundation Stage | KS1 | KS2 | KS3 | KS4 | 16-19