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Last Week in School

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Monday 7th March 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

This is my first Headteacher’s blog on our new web-site. I thought I’d tell you about the best bits of last week!

On Monday, Mrs Belcher’s class enjoyed a fantastic workshop about labyrinths – the context for the children’s work is ‘the great out-doors’. They made a labyrinth with lots of found objects - then they designed and made their own maze– it was great to see the children working collaboratively and using their imagination. At the same time, the Nursery and Reception children were celebrating ‘Leap Day’ with a sponsored bounce on a bouncy castle. Your help with this will enable us to refresh the outdoor play area for the EYFS children. We couldn’t do Junior Assembly in the hall so these took place in departments. The juniors learned about Democracy as part of this half term’s focus on British Values. 

On Tuesday it was the Eccles School’s swimming gala. This is a really fun event- we’ve had lots of success in previous years and did well again this time! Seventeen children came along to represent our school. They all took part in the individual 25m race and we entered four teams in the relay event. The races were really close and the children loved being cheered on by their parents from the poolside. The Y6 team of Myles, Kobi, Daniel and Joe - retained the Boys’ relay trophy. The Y5 Boys’ team – Freddy, Joel T, Alex and Josh S finished a close second - in silver medal position.  Freddy, Myles and Kobi all qualified for the individual finals and Myles took the trophy in an incredible time of around 14 seconds! Our Year 6 Girls; Ella, Greta, Amelia and Rebecca  took silver medals, finishing  just ahead of the Year 5 Girls team – Erin, Grace, Nell and Lottie – who won Bronze. Ella, Amelia, Nell and Erin raced in the final of the individual event and Ella took the trophy. As always the children were extremely well behaved and showed a great sporting attitude!

On Wednesday it was great to hear all about the Year 1 children’s trip to Lark Hill Museum. The children really enjoyed their day out of school yesterday. They took part in a Victorian washday experience as well as visiting the Victorian street and the general galleries. The teachers said the children’s behaviour was excellent! According to Ciara M, the best bit was “Looking at the big shoes in the shop on the Victorian Street!”

Thursday was World Book Day and school was full of Storm Troopers, princesses, Harry Potters and Boys in Dresses… to name but a few of our favourite book characters! Books and stories were the focus of today’s learning. In the Upper Juniors, a carousel of art, drama, computing and music activities were delivered around the story of Macbeth (Mr Woodward’s Macbeth costume certainly took first prize in the staff costume category!)  Lunch time today was lovely. There was Basketball with Miss Pollitt for Year 3, Cricket for Year 5 children, the Playground Friends were leading a game and 20 children were enjoying skipping with Miss Treanor (she was just turning the rope as she’s soon to start her maternity leave! )As always, some children had chosen to go to the Indoor Lunch Clubs and were enjoying the usual range of activities; colouring, chess and computing!


Friday: SNOW!!! We had indoor play at lunch time today. A team of Year 6 children went out of school to compete in the Salford School’s Lacrosse Tournament in the afternoon (several classes have enjoyed Lacrosse coaching with staff from Monton Sports Club this year). Monton Green reached the semi-finals and finished  4th overall – well done to Ella, Greta, Hannah, Charlotte, Ben B, Daniel H, Max S and Joe C!

I always enjoy Stars of the Week Assembly which is usually on Friday for the Juniors and Monday for the Infants – it’s great to hear about the children’s hard work and personal achievements. Last week’s star pupils were:


Upper Juniors

  • Tilly Mould – for her excellent Information Poster about the Salford in World War II
  • Ella Salih – for her excellent attitude to learning
  • Alfie S Jones – for his good work in Art this half term; developing his drawing skills and using different media.
  • Isobel Lewis – for her excellent report writing in English

Lower Juniors

  • Harry Backhouse – for good learning in Maths; using the chunking method for division
  • Evie Cowen – for good research skills in History; using different sources to find out about the Round City of Baghdad in AD 900
  • Luke Hanbridge – for his enthusiasm and participation in lessons; listening well and sharing his knowledge

Key Stage One

  • Charlie Entwistle – for his excellent attitude to learning; working hard, persevering and doing his best.
  • Keavey Gorman – for working hard in her first week at Monton Green
  • Rachel Barlow Smith and Ciara Mc Donald – both chosen for excellent listening and good learning, on the trip to Lark Hill Place

All-in-all a great week in school!

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