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Curious Question of the Week
Our school may be temporarily closed to most students, but our How Curious Are You? competition carries on! Every week we have a new question for you to consider and discuss with your family, if you like. See the latest Curious Question.
Our competition is designed to encourage students to be curious outside of their normal studies.
Participating in this competition encourages students to display our learning behaviours such as being curious about learning, thinking hard and showing scholarly behaviours outside of lessons. That's why all entries receive 5 BBB points (see Rewards and Praise page). Curious Questions from previous weeks include:
- Are scientific and religious explanations philosophically incompatible?
- Are sporting champions born or made?
- Where do ideas come from?
- Are we the only species to use language to communicate effectively?
- What is the most unusual organism on planet Earth?
Why did head injuries increase during WW1, despite metal helmets being introduced? Our answers were exceptionally curious this week ranging from "the sun reflecting on the metal helmets made the soldiers stand out more", to "the metal gave soldiers a sense of security and confidence which made them less aware" and "the brown cloth hats originally gave soldiers protection by acting as camouflage". Well done to this week's winner, Billy, who attributed it to the lack of padding inside the helmets, that meant if soldiers fell it would have caused an injury. All of our answers were really curious and showed students were really thinking about their learning but there was actually a correct answer to this one. The reason why head injuries increased following the introduction of helmets was because there were more people surviving, and therefore more injuries but fewer fatalities.
If God exists, why is there so much evil in the world. We had 126 answers to thsi curious question. We were really impressed by the detail and knowledge in these answers. Many answers referred to the biblical stories of Adam and Eve and discussed the idea of God testing us. Well done to James who was our winning entry this week. James discussed the idea of free will and how it is our choice to be evil or good, and therefore it is humans that cause evil in the world. We really enjoyed reading all of our entries this week and it showed just how curious our students are.
Is a selfie art? Lots of students contemplated the amount of effort put in as a marker of whether it was art. Our winning answer from Kloe, Year 9, argued a selfie is art as long as preparation was made with regards to lighting and editing. We really liked her argument that "If it is a picture you took for memory, with friends or family, then it is art". Well done Kloe, for such a curious answer!
What is a Black Hole? We received an array of interesting answers but our winning answer was from Rohan, who gave a very scientific and technical answer explaining in depth exactly what a black hole was and how it was formed. We also really enjoyed his labeled diagram. Well done, Rohan!
If you were going to invent a language for the whole world to speak, where would you start?
The winner, Neville, promoted an inclusive language that should be simple and easy to learn for everyone. We love his idea that 'all countries should be able to speak the same language' and we wonder what impact this would have on the world. Read Neville's answer.
If William had not won the Battle of Hastings in 1066, how different would England be today?
Last week's curious question asked students to consider the impact that William the Conqueror had on England. All answers submitted were really thoughtful and demonstrated a real sense of curiosity. Well done to Carmen for the winning entry. She wrote a very detailed and thoughtful answer where she considered that if William the Conqueror had not won the Battle of Hastings, then the United Kingdom may not even exist, we would have a different royal family today and some of our most famous landmarks, such as the Tower of London, would never have been built. You can see Carmen's answer below. Well done, Carmen!