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Our curriculum

Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
  • prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

At Dunmow St Mary’s we are extremely proud and well known for our delivery of the core and other foundation subjects via our ‘creative curriculum’.  Each half-term every year group embarks upon a topic around which teachers construct exciting and stimulating lessons. These topics may be book-based such as our ‘Narnia’ and ‘Firework makers daughter’ topics; enterprise such as our ‘Charlie and the Chocolate factory’ or ‘mantle of the expert’ where children take on the role of an expert within a particular context e.g. our ‘Space’ and ‘Naturalist’ topics.

We provide as many opportunities as possible for children to learn through first-hand experience so they can learn by ‘doing’ not watching. This might involve pulling up vegetables on the allotment; filtering and testing water from the River Chelmer; participating in an Indian dance workshop or re-enactment of ‘Macbeth’; finding the Gruffalo in our copse; pond dipping in the school pond; visiting the fish counter at the local retailer or conducting an archaeological dig on our school grounds in search of Roman treasure.

We balance this topic based approach with a real sense of rigour and commitment to achieving the mastery level required for each year group in the core subjects of maths, reading, spelling and grammar, writing and science.

We build on the innate curiosity and sense of enquiry that children have and encourage a growth mind set so that mistakes are seen as a pathway to new learning. Our aim is for each individual child to develop a lifelong love of learning that will ensure they are successful in all that they attempt.

Please click on the link for our full Curriculum Policy and details of our Early Years curriculum