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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 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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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.

 

American Diner Lunch

On the Thursday 2nd October Mrs Tyrell and her team cooked a themed ‘American Diner’ lunch for the children.  It was a fantastic day with more than 350 meals served and a take up of 93% by KS1.

Thank you to Mrs Tyrell and her team for all their hard work!

Growth mindset – A parent’s view

It was great to see 3RS’s presentation on ‘growth mindset’ in their assembly last week.  I first came across the concept a few years ago and, as a parent, feel really passionate about it.  It was clear to me from discussions with Mrs Griffiths, Mrs Atkins and Mrs Sabharwal over the last few months that we would see more and more of this approach embedded at St. Mary’s and all the teachers, parents and most importantly the children benefiting.

Growth mindset is a belief that intelligence or skill can be improved by effort and experimentation rather than worrying about how smart you are.  What is so brilliant about this approach is that it encourages children to seek challenges, learn from mistakes (instead of being afraid of making them) and keeping faith in themselves in the face of future failure (which they are all likely to experience at some point or another).

Studies show that children with a growth mindset are actually more motivated and successful than those with a fixed mindset.  Working together (parents, teachers and our children) to further develop this way of thinking will make such a difference to both the children and St. Mary’s overall.

Liz Wilson

Is your child due to start school in September 2015?

Is your child due to start school in September 2015?

If so, we are inviting parents/carers to look around our school at 9:30am on

Thursday 23rd October, Thursday 6th November, Thursday 13th November, Thursday 20th November, Tuesday 25th November 2014 or Thursday 8th January 2015

Tours are by appointment only

There will be a meeting for prospective parents on Thursday 13th November at 7pm to give an overview of our school and the curriculum. Please ring if you can attend.

Tel: 01371 872340

We look forward to meeting you!

School Targets 2014/15

This year our main targets for whole school improvement are:

  1. Improving our spelling
  2. Improving our mental maths.
  3. Choosing the right level of work through our mild, medium and spicy system
  4. Responding to our teachers’ marking to improve our work
  5. Having a growth mind set and a have a go attitude

These pictures have been introduced to the children and we have posters in every classroom to provide visual reminders of the targets. The picture top left represents responding to marking, the one top right represents spelling. The bottom left picture is mental maths and the bottom right picture is choosing the right level of work. The tree represents the growth mind set.