Was it a bouncy castle? Was it a hot-air balloon? No…it was the country’s largest outdoor planetarium! I’m sure it was a surprise to most of you to find a
The teachers at St. Mary’s put our lab coats and googles on last week in preparation for National Science Week! After concocting lots of explosive mixtures and testing the forces
Acclaimed Children’s author Ali Sparkes’s passion for reading and writing and her ability to communicate both of these in a humorous and engaging way ensured that our children were in
The annual DSM Pancake race took place last week with 4 eager competitors from each of the Year 2-6 classes taking on a teacher or member of the catering team. Enthusiastic
Was it a bouncy castle? Was it a hot-air balloon? No…it was the country’s largest outdoor planetarium!
I’m sure it was a surprise to most of you to find a giant, black, inflatable dome dominating our school playground last week. We were privileged to be the first school in the country to be visited by scientists from the University of Hertfordshire with their brand-new planetarium.
Classes were lucky enough to spend time inside the dome and watch a fascinating show that was projected on the concave ceiling. Children and staff were amazed at the films and images they were shown of the galaxy, the sun and of the moon being hit by a meteorite! These kind of immersive experiences are so valuable for the children, especially for getting to grips with something as huge as the universe! We were very grateful to the team of scientists, who presented the shows, as they were incredibly knowledgeable and held a fantastic question and answer session at the end.
The photos really don’t do it justice as it was an amazing spectacle!
The teachers at St. Mary’s put our lab coats and googles on last week in preparation for National Science Week! After concocting lots of explosive mixtures and testing the forces of nature, we all had a thrilling experiment prepared, ready for the children to get their hands on!
Each class partnered up with another class and travelled around the school to visit each ‘laboratory’. The exciting activities included exploding volcanoes, extreme bubble blowing, effervescent rockets and oobleck slime.
As you can see from the photos, the children got to see lots of science in action and get involved! We hope you have enjoyed hearing all about the experiments they took part in. If you are keen to do some more science at home, take a look on this website for ideas:
Acclaimed Children’s author Ali Sparkes’s passion for reading and writing and her ability to communicate both of these in a humorous and engaging way ensured that our children were in for a treat of a visit. Ali, winner of the Blue Peter Book award, believes “if you were to snap her in half she would read CHILDREN’S AUTHOR through the middle, like Brighton rock. Although it would probably be a bit difficult to read, what with the blood and entrails and all that…”. Ali shared with the children her journey from writing ‘Websters Week Out’ at the age of 10 through countless publisher rejection letters to her first successful published novel in the Shapeshifter series. The Year 5 children also participated in a creative writing workshop with Ali emphasising the four key opportunities to ensure your book is read; the cover, title, blurb and first few pages. The children were inspired to write their own book beginning and via an X factor style competition choose the winning one. “Ali Sparkes was so good that I have gone and bought all her books. She makes me want to write.” enthused one year 5 child.
The annual DSM Pancake race took place last week with 4 eager competitors from each of the Year 2-6 classes taking on a teacher or member of the catering team. Enthusiastic support from the watching crowd ensured each race was taken very seriously with runners competing for the ‘children versus adults’ title! While rules were bent (e.g. the questionable use of cellotape by Mrs Tyrell our Catering Manager) the children triumphed!’ Mrs Griffiths the headteacher who lost to one of the Year 6 teams said ‘the children were besides themselves with excitement and it was wonderful to see the entire school community support such a fun event’.
We are so proud of all our children for raising an incredible £445 in support of the Cancer Research UK – Children and Teens and Children with Cancer UK. Through Pupil Voice the children have spent time thinking about what charities they would like to raise money for this year and how they would like to do this. By far the most popular event was a pyjama day and it was wonderful to see all the children fully engage with this. Well done too to the Year 6 children who organised and baked for an enormously successful cake day. We are really excited to see what events the children decide to run next.
A huge congratulations from all her friends and colleagues both past and present to Mrs Carol Brown who celebrated 40 years employment at Dunmow St Mary’s Primary School. Mrs Brown was employed on 10th January 1977 as a cleaner. Over the years she has seen staff and children come and go but her thoroughness, loyalty and commitment to the school has been appreciated by all. Mrs Griffiths (Headteacher) said “Mrs Brown enjoys cleaning and takes a huge pride in the work she does, the school is very lucky to have employed her and with no plans for retirement hopes to benefit from her dedication for many more years.”