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Rocket Science

Dunmow St Mary’s are one of a number of UK schools being given the opportunity to engage in a UK-wide live science experiment. Through this experiment our children will contribute

Best of British week

Don’t forget this week is ‘Best of British’ week.  Mrs Tyrell has organised a special menu in celebration.

Extraordinary plant life – Year 2

Year 2 have been doing an exciting topic all about the Land of Neverbelieve (based on a brilliant book by Norman Messenger). As part of this topic, the children have

Pirate dancing at the KS1 dance festival

2LH have worked very hard over the past six weeks to learn and perfect a dance to show at the KS1 dance festival. The class worked alongside Kate, who is a

Easter at St. Mary’s

Rev. Ruth Patten led the children in their Easter service in St. Mary’s Church on Monday 21st March. Through hymns, song and readings the children told the story of the

Rocket Science

Dunmow St Mary’s are one of a number of UK schools being given the opportunity to engage in a UK-wide live science experiment. Through this experiment our children will contribute to the knowledge of growing plants in space…yes, really!  

Two kilograms of rocket seeds (no pun intended) were launched on Soyuz 44S on 2 September 2015 with the European Space Agency astronaut Andreas Mogensen and his crew, arriving on the International Space Station (ISS) two days later.  British astronaut Tim Peake then took charge of the seeds while on the ISS.  After being held for approximately six months in microgravity, the seeds have now returned to Earth.

Dunmow St Mary’s have signed up to take part in the project whereby they will receive 200 seeds.  100 seeds will have been on the ISS and 100 seeds will have remained on Earth.  The seed packets will be colour coded, however we will not be told which packet contains which seeds until national results have been published.  Our job is to grow these seeds, carefully as instructed, recording and measuring their germination and growth rates and finally entering all the data on the website of the UK Space Education Office (ESERO).

This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for our children to be involved in a ‘real life’ science project.  I hope the experience will be out of this world!   

We will keep everyone informed of the progress or outcome……

 

Best of British week

Don’t forget this week is ‘Best of British’ week.  Mrs Tyrell has organised a special menu in celebration.

Best-of-British-menu

Extraordinary plant life – Year 2

Year 2 have been doing an exciting topic all about the Land of Neverbelieve (based on a brilliant book by Norman Messenger). As part of this topic, the children have been learning about plants in Science. They visited the Botanic Gardens in Cambridge to learn about different types of trees and observe how plants adapt to different environments. The children have also been involved in planting seeds in a terrarium. It was very exciting to see these grow, especially as the seeds were sent from the Land of Neverbelieve!

 

Pirate dancing at the KS1 dance festival

dancing2LH have worked very hard over the past six weeks to learn and perfect a dance to show at the KS1 dance festival. The class worked alongside Kate, who is a dance teacher, to learn a pirate dance. They remembered the choreography dancing2brilliantly and kept strong arms which made the dance look great. Dressed as pirates, they performed the dance in front of lots of other schools and it was a huge success!

 

Easter at St. Mary’s

Rev. Ruth Patten led the children in their Easter service in St. Mary’s Church on Monday 21st March. Through hymns, song and readings the children told the story of the days leading up to Jesus’ death on the cross and the surprise and hope when His friends found that Jesus’ grave was empty and He was alive again.
A song about Peter’s denial, written by Mr. Harris was sung very movingly by the children. Rev. Ruth ended the service with a reflection on Easter reminding everyone of the message of new life and the chance to start again.
Many thanks to Don’s coaches who provided transport to and from the Church.

Easter

Visit of Children’s Author KES GRAY

wigKes Gray, author of a vast range of popular children’s books including the ‘Daisy’ series and favourites such as ‘Billy’s Bucket’ and ‘Oi Frog’, had the children of Dunmow St Mary’s utterly enthralled when he visited the school as part of their World Book Day Celebrations. Kes had warned ‘When I visit a school I try to have as much fun as I possibly can have. I will be mischievous, I will make a fool of myself, I will leave crumbs in my wake’. The children loved every second of his assemblies in which he shared memories of his childhood and how these help to make his books ‘fizz’.standing

 

“I think it was hilarious when he pretended to be Darth Vader especially the breathing” one child commented while another laughed “I loved when he put the Daisy wig on to read to us”.

Suzanne Wood the school librarian who organised the visit said the whole school had been buzzing since his visit which has proved inspirational to the children

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