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Indian Dance – Year 5

On Friday 16th September, the Year 5 classes took part in some fascinating and enjoyable Indian Dance workshops with Lorraine Theobold.  After transporting ourselves in our minds from Great Dunmow

West Stowe – Year 6

On Friday 16th September Year 6 visited West Stowe, which is a reconstructed Anglo Saxon Village. Despite the rain, the children were interested in finding out about the different houses

Online Safety

The highest priority at Dunmow St Mary’s Primary is to ensure children are kept safe in our care, whilst providing them with the best quality education they deserve. There is

Welcome back – Lost Property

Welcome back – we hope you had a good Summer break. We understand how frustrating it can be if over the holidays you realise your child has left uniform or

It’s All Greek to Me!

On Monday 27th June, the Year 5s enjoyed an entire day of ancient Greek activities.  We were visited by Mark (otherwise known by his Greek name, Nineus) from ‘Portals to

Indian Dance – Year 5

indiandanceOn Friday 16th September, the Year 5 classes took part in some fascinating and enjoyable Indian Dance workshops with Lorraine Theobold.  After transporting ourselves in our minds from Great Dunmow to India, the children experimented with mudras, symbolic gestures representing prayer, protection, fearlessness and hundreds more!  We embarked on an immersive storytelling experience before getting ourindiandance2 whole bodies moving with a mixture of classical and modern Indian dance moves.  The children then worked together to produce some amazing group dances combining everything they had learned throughout the session.  The morning ended with spectacular whole-class performances of the children’s work.

West Stowe – Year 6

WestStowOn Friday 16th September Year 6 visited West Stowe, which is a reconstructed Anglo Saxon Village. Despite the rain, the children were interested in finding out about the different houses and they were able to imagine how the villagers might have lived many years ago. They were fascinated by the real animals’ skins, which they were able to touch, and the real fire in one of the houses was a hit! Whilst in the Great Hall we listened to authentic Anglo Saxon music courtesy of Mr Harris.

Thank you to all of the adult helpers who came with us.

Online Safety

side bar 2The highest priority at Dunmow St Mary’s Primary is to ensure children are kept safe in our care, whilst providing them with the best quality education they deserve. There is the highest importance placed on safeguarding children with regular training throughout each academic year with regular updates on online safety.

We ensure that all children understand the positive and vital contribution that using technology, such as computers, tablets, mobile phones and other SMART devices, can have on all of our lives, and we regularly use a wide range of technology to support and develop learning to a high degree. It is necessary even from the earliest age that the children also understand their responsibilities in using these devices and the Internet in particular.

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Welcome back – Lost Property

Welcome back – we hope you had a good Summer break.

We understand how frustrating it can be if over the holidays you realise your child has left uniform or items of clothing in school. For that reason we have kept hold of anything that turned up during our summer clean.  We have coats, PE kits, uniform and a large number of lunch boxes. Please pop into school to reclaim any missing items. Unfortunately as our Lost Property containers are full we will need to get rid of any unclaimed and unnamed items by Friday 9th September.

It’s All Greek to Me!

On Monday 27th June, the Year 5s enjoyed an entire day of ancient Greek activities.  We were visited by Mark (otherwise known by his Greek name, Nineus) from ‘Portals to the Past’, who provide exciting, hands on History days.  After an introductory talk on Greek life and culture, the children took part in a quiz, where they found out lots of new and interesting facts about famous Greeks, and events from the time that we still find fascinating today!  The children then really enjoyed learning how to play Pettia – a Greek strategy game, and they exercised their minds to complete the Archimedes Stomachion puzzle.  Mark brought in examples of Greek armour, which were extremely large and heavy, but the children and teachers were still allowed to try them on.  He also showed us some terrifying weapons and explained what they were designed to do. The day ended with great excitement as the children competed against each other in a re-enactment of the ancient Greek Olympics!

Cup Cake Challenge – Year 5

Working in collaboration with Dan Tucker from Bakewells in Dunmow, Year 5 set up their own cupcake company and designed, tested and baked their own cupcake recipe. At the school’s summer fun day in May the children ran their own cupcake stall which raised an incredible £450 and was the most popular stall of the day. Two winning companies were then selected on the basis of how much profit they had made, how collaboratively they worked as a team and how good their customer service was. Mr Tucker helped select ‘Delight Bite’ with their Berry, Berry Tasty cupcake (lime sponge, strawberry icing and raspberry sauce) and ‘Caketastic’ with their Smartie Surprise cupcake (vanilla sponge with smarties inside, vanilla icing and smarties on top). Mr Tucker said

‘I was really impressed with how dedicated, attentive and engaged all the children were during this enterprise project. Their creativeness and enthusiasm made choosing the winners an extremely difficult task. The winning cupcakes have been on sale in Bakewell’s as ‘cupcakes of the month’ and have proved very popular, selling out every time.’

The Year 5 teachers Miss White and Miss Oggelsby said

‘ We are hugely proud of the children and their hard work. They loved seeing the growth of a product from initial conception to final point of sale and for the winner seeing their cupcakes on sale in Bakewells has been the ‘icing on the cake’! ‘

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