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Curiouser and curiouser…

09 November 2016

As many of you know, BSB Sanlitun has been fortunate enough to be involved in the pilot year of the collaboration with MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of the leading universities in the world.

  • By Julia from Year 5 Pelicans
  • By Jake from Year 3 Parrots
  • Nursery 'curiosity challenge'
  • 'Curiosity Challenge'

Over the course of the next few years, Sanlitun will be working alongside MIT to develop an interdisciplinary approach to teaching the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) subjects. In addition to this, children will be taking part in termly challenges, set by MIT to encourage a STEAM approach to problem solving.

The first challenge all centres around the concept of Curiosity. MIT want to know what makes the children of Nord Anglia curious and what they do to express this curiosity. For the past few weeks, the school has been buzzing with curiosities covering all sorts of topics. Some are curious about the origins of the earth and how it all began, while others want to know what will happen after death and how it will end. Others are curious about how plants can eat animals and whether or not Hogwarts actually exists.

It has been amazing to give the children the opportunity to express these curiosities and ask related questions to delve further into the unknown. They have learnt that sometimes, asking the right questions can be more rewarding than finding a quick answer. Exploring a concept alone, in one’s mind, can give you answers that you’d never thought possible.

Above you can see some examples of the wonderful ways that children have expressed curiosities across our school this term. Now that we understand the value of curiosity, we’re excited about the next challenge that will be coming directly after the winter break!


By Kirsty McCarra

Year 3 Parrots Class Teacher

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