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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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Year 4 visit to Duxford

Year 4 enjoyed a day at Duxford Museum learning about the different aircraft that were used in WW1. The children also had a talk about the DH9 plane.

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Year 4 experience army life!

Year 4 experienced life in the army today. A Corporal taught the children to march, follow orders and salute. We learnt a song used to keep spirits up during the war: I don’t know what I’ve told, my grandad is mighty old, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 3! 4! It was great [...]

Year 4 visit to Duxford

Year 4 enjoyed a day at Duxford Museum learning about the different aircraft that were used in WW1. The children also had a talk about the DH9 plane.

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There are many ‘child friendly’ websites and games available for your children to explore and play. Please be aware there are also lots of games and websites with adult content that your children may be able to access if you have not set up Parental Controls. Some of this content may initially look as though it is aimed at children until a link is clicked. Every device that has internet access can be set with Parental Controls. The website below has comprehensive instructions on how to set up your devices.

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Year 4 experience army life!

Year 4 experienced life in the army today.

A Corporal taught the children to march, follow orders and salute. We learnt a song used to keep spirits up during the war:

I don’t know what I’ve told, my grandad is mighty old, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 3! 4!

It was great fun!

Y4 Visit War Memorial

The Year 4 topic this half term is WW1. We have been learning about life during the war and remembering those who died. In class we have looked at the importance of war memorials and designed our own. We visited the war memorial in Great Dunmow and sketched it, looking at the poppies and roses left in memory of those who fought for their country.

Year 1 All About Me Tea and Talk

The children in year 1 invited their families to share a book they had written all about themselves.  The parents also brought in the children’s baby photos to talk about how the children have changed in their first 5 years.  This was part of a recent focus in class, learning about their own personal history, their bodies and talking about what they would like to do in the future.  The children also treated their families to a smiley face biscuit as they shared work and photos.  A good time was had by all!

Dunmow “Bake Off” meets Dunmow “Junior Apprentice.”

All this half term children in year 5 at Dunmow St Mary’s Primary School have been apprentices in the baking business. Groups of children have formed their own company – together with a company name, logo and catchy phrase. In true Lord Alan Sugar style they have been given tasks to achieve. Their first task was to carry out some market research to find out the most popular type of cup cake. The children used the computer program “2investigate” to record their results and to see the results in the form of graphs.

All good apprentices need guidance and the children could not have chosen a better person to inspire them than Mr Dan Tucker from the local shop “BakeWell.” Dan very kindly allowed 60 children to have a look around his shop and gave them all a chance to see behind the scenes in his kitchens. The children were totally amazed at all the different flavours Dan has to make his cakes irresistible and were particularly taken with the bubble gum flavour!

The most exciting task was to create their own cupcake design, taking into account the information they had gained from their research. There was much discussion and a lot of compromise to come to the final design for each group’s cake. Then it was down to the serious business of baking their cakes.

For a whole day the smell of baking wafted around year 5 and a total of 120 cakes were baked in a morning. The fun part was yet to come – the icing and the all important decorations. Much discussion had gone into this and right up to the final bake off the shopping list kept changing!

Dan once again gave up his time to visit the children in school on the icing afternoon. The children were keen to hear his tips for the perfect icing and very soon picked up expert techniques. Before long some magnificent creations were being displayed and some very proud children were keen to show Dan their finished cup cakes. The best homework ever was to take the cakes home for evaluating and testing. We are hoping that the cakes actually made it home – we have our doubts as they certainly looked very tempting!

Harvest Festival at Dunmow St. Mary’s

The Enormous Pumpkin

The children celebrated Harvest Festival on Monday 6th October at St. Mary’s Church. The Church resounded to the exuberant singing of favourite harvest songs and centre stage was a giant pumpkin grown by the School Gardening Club.

The problem was who was strong enough to lift it? After the children and various members of staff tried in vain to move the enormous pumpkin a solution was found! When everyone worked together in unity the pumpkin was lifted into the wheelbarrow!

The Rev Ruth Patten concluded the service with prayers and a blessing.