Clare Griffiths Mrs Clare Griffiths
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We aim to provide a rich, meaningful learning environment with high quality teaching where every child is given the opportunity to develop independent learning skills through a curriculum based on first hand experience and enquiry. The focus in the classroom is on challenge, engagement, enjoyment and achievement. There is a strong pastoral structure and Christian ethos which creates a caring, secure environment where everyone is valued as an individual. We aim to create an environment... read more

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Security talk Year 4

Year 4 have received a letter from the three little pigs pleading for help! They are in danger as Mr G T Wolf is threatening all sorts! The children have formed security companies and are learning all about how to keep a house safe. Mr Somaroo (Lewis’ Dad) from LAS Security came to talk to [...]

Next PTA Meeting

Our next PTA meeting will be on Tuesday 14th April at 7pm in the school staff room. Items on the agenda include: Quiz Night Summer Fun Day Bouncy Fun Feel free to come along and join us!  

Year 3 Mini-Museum Opening & Graduation!

On Thursday 12th February, Year 3 finished their Ancient Egypt topic by inviting their families to a grand opening of a mini museum! The children planned, designed and set up the museum using all of their creations from the topic. To celebrate the end of their archaeology training the children then had a graduation ceremony [...]

Security talk Year 4

Year 4 have received a letter from the three little pigs pleading for help! They are in danger as Mr G T Wolf is threatening all sorts! The children have formed security companies and are learning all about how to keep a house safe. Mr Somaroo (Lewis’ Dad) from LAS Security came to talk to the children about different security systems that could be used to keep the three little pigs safe. It was a great help.

Next PTA Meeting

Our next PTA meeting will be on Tuesday 14th April at 7pm in the school staff room.

Items on the agenda include:

  • Quiz Night
  • Summer Fun Day
  • Bouncy Fun

Feel free to come along and join us!

 

Year 3 Mini-Museum Opening & Graduation!

On Thursday 12th February, Year 3 finished their Ancient Egypt topic by inviting their families to a grand opening of a mini museum! The children planned, designed and set up the museum using all of their creations from the topic.

To celebrate the end of their archaeology training the children then had a graduation ceremony where they were awarded with certificates for all of their hard work.

An exciting afternoon was had by all!

The pond clean-up!

Essex Wildlife Trust came to Dunmow St Mary’s to help clear up our pond and introduce new species into the area. The Year 4 and 5 children helped to clear out the MANY pond snails that had taken over the habitat and assisted with clearing the area of overgrown plants and trees. They did such a fantastic job that now the pond area can be used as part of different topics in the second part of the spring term, as well as the summer term.

Year 1 Visit to Oliver Jeffers Exhibition

Year 1 have just completed a topic based on the stories of Oliver Jeffers, which they loved! They have retold his stories in writing and in videos, written book reviews, created art work and a detailed DT project designing something for the characters. As part of the topic the children had the opportunity to visit his exhibition at the Children’s Discover Reading Centre in Stratford.  This was an amazing experience for them, they were able to ‘step inside’ his illustrations and act in role as characters from the stories. They came back to school full of ideas about what they wanted to do next!

Year 1 Music Workshop with Martin Bright

Year 1 recently worked with the musician Martin Bright, creating their own compositions, using a range of junk instruments.  Together with Martin they created their own piece of music, learning about tempo, pitch and performing as a group. They used Mars by Holst for inspiration, as the school has been taking part in the national music project 10 Pieces, a project aimed to get children involved in classical music.  The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were fascinated in how they could use real objects to create a piece of music.

Year 4 – Judaism

Year 4 have been very busy this topic learning all about Judaism. Mrs Wood has been working closely with the Year 4s, showing them photos of her Jewish wedding, her sons’ bar mitzvah and baking Challah with them. The challah was delicious and the children have learnt that it is eaten by Jewish families on the Sabbath.