An independent school and nursery in Danbury, Chelmsford, Essex for boys and girls aged 2-11

Heathcote Preparatory School & Nursery

Eves Corner, Danbury

Essex CM3 4QB

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Heathcote Preparatory School & Nursery

Eves Corner, Danbury

Essex CM3 4QB

07:20 - 19:00

Monday to Friday

01245 223131

enquiries@heathcoteschool.co.uk

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Curiouser and Curiouser!

Mrs Forgeron

“Curiouser and Curiouser” wrote Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland. This month’s theme of curiosity can certainly give us more creative food for thought. Curiosity allows us to challenge ourselves and question our world. By digging a little deeper and feeding our minds,being curious helps us discover new passions in ourselves and new delights in others. Curiosity is all about noticing and being drawn to things we find interesting,  recognising and seizing the pleasures that new experiences can offer us and finding novelty and meaning, even in experiences that are familiar. After all, why did Alice decide to follow the White Rabbit through that little door in the tree and down the rabbit hole? Was she just snooping? Or did she have a natural inquisitive desire to seek out new and exciting things?

When we are curious, we see things differently – we use our powers of observation more carefully. We are aware of what is happening in the present moment and we take note of all the details, regardless of what something looked like before or what we might have expected it to be. We feel alive and engaged, more capable of embracing new opportunities, we make connections and experience moments of insight and meaning — all of which provide the foundation for a rich, aware and satisfying life experience.

So is curiosity an innate personality trait or something that can be harnessed? Babies are born to be inquisitive with natural interest to figure out things around them. They have an eagerness to explore, discover, and find out how the world works. Nevertheless, curiosity can be nurtured and further developed. With practice, even as adults, we can harness the power of curiosity to transform everyday tasks into interesting and enjoyable experiences. We can also use curiosity to intentionally create wonder, intrigue and play out of almost any situation or interaction we encounter.

It all starts with wanting to know more…

So this month we would like to know (even) more about your children! Parents are invited to enter our ‘Curiouser and Curiouser’  photo competition. Please send us a photo of your child being inquisitive about the world (to marketing@heathcoteschool.co.uk) This photo can be linked to something academic or creative at school or another hobby or interest. We would like to use these photos on the website and therefore would ask that in the photo they are wearing their school uniform please!

Ten Ways To Spark Your Child’s Curiosity

Let them…

  1. Explore their passions

  2. Talk about the world around them

  3. Draw their own conclusions

  4. Try new things together – or ‘old’ things too in a different way!

  5. Make mistakes

  6. Read books and talk about them with you

  7. Find out about inventors

  8. Draw, sketch, write about their ideas

  9. Make a mess!

  10. Ask difficult questions

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