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Summer Fair!

Date: 25th Jun 2019 @ 1:30pm

Essa Primary’s first Summer Fair was a huge success, raising over £750 for the school thanks to the work of staff, parents and governors who contributed their time and skills. Featuring a giant bouncy slide, games, activities, competitions, special visits from Spider-Man, Mickey Mouse, Marshall from Paw Patrol and “The Diva”, it was a wonderful opportunity for the local community to visit our school and enjoy the day with us. Special guests included The Mayor of Bolton, and we are very grateful for the support of Bolton Wanderers, Greenhalgh’s, Warbutons, Manchester United, GMP and Great Lever Connected. Special thanks also go to Mrs Atherton for being the willing (and very wet) victim of Soak-the-Teacher!


Weekend Homework

Date: 14th Jun 2019 @ 10:56am

Following the School Closure this week, children need to complete the following homework this weekend and bring it in with them on Monday morning. Please hand in to class teachers. 

School Closure Information Page

Date: 11th Jun 2019 @ 7:07pm

Due to the unforeseen closure of Essa Primary this week, teachers have devised some home work tasks. Please complete work in home work books and hand in to your class teacher when school re-opens.













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Our article got published!

Date: 11th Jun 2019 @ 7:43pm

Two of our wonderful teachers (Matt Shurlock and Sayeh Mariner) have written an article about promoting high engagement in the early years.

This article has been published by the Impact Journal. We may be biased but we think it is a fantastic article and well worth a read.

Read the amazing article here.




Date: 4th Apr 2019 @ 2:41pm

Need to put name labels in your children's clothes? Follow this link to order yours today. No sewing, just stick in and job done!


For every order made online, a donation is made to school!


Year 3 Brazilian Dance

Date: 26th Mar 2019 @ 2:19pm

Year 3 took part in a Brazilian Dance Day. It linked with both our topics over the term - Natural Disasters and Mountains and Rivers. We were told stories through and in between dances about life in Brazil, including discussions around The Amazon River, Active Volcanoes and Ancient South American tales. Children were transported to a Traditional Brazilian Carnival and really enjoyed learning some traditional dances... the Samba was definitely our favourite!

Year 6 World Book Day

Date: 26th Mar 2019 @ 2:26pm

As part of our World Book Day celebrations, our chairs decided to quit because of how we have been treating them. Our task was simple: convince the chairs to return. Fortunately, our letter writing was good enough and after lunch our chairs decided to come back.

BBC Radio Manchester

Date: 7th Mar 2019 @ 11:07am

BBC Radio Manchester visited Essa Primary this morning to find out about the work the supervised toothbrushing scheme they are involved in with their Reception classes. Through Greater Manchester health and Social Care Partnership Mrs Mariner has become a trained Dental Champion for school and has supported the EYFS team to implement daily toothbrushing as part of their school routines. Each child has their own toothbrush and takes part in two minutes tooth brushing everyday alongside the recommended morning and night routines. BBC Radio Manchester interviewed Mrs Mariner and observed the children taking part in supervised toothbrushing this morning. Please listen using the link below.

Online Safety Workshop

Date: 12th Mar 2019 @ 2:46pm

We had a very informative parent workshop with Matthew Bowman (Healthy Schools) where he discussed some ways to help keep our children safe when they are online. He specifically focussed on gaming safety. Here are some photos of the workshop. Please also find attached some photos from the meeting if you were not able to attend.

Year 5 Enterprise Day

Date: 8th Mar 2019 @ 8:18am

Enterprise day in year 5 was a wonderful experience working with Manchester United. In teams pupils had to work as a company: producing logo, company name, product, slogan, design a product, devise an advert jingle, focus on expenses and profit. They then had to present this to the dragons!! (Dragons Den) 

The pupils worked hard and we were extremely impressed with each team.

However only two teams could be selected and they will go forward to face other teams from different schools in Bolton. We will keep you posted on their success.

Young Voices

Date: 6th Mar 2019 @ 9:07pm

After weeks of preparation the choir visited Manchester Arena on Thursday 14th February to take part in 'Young Voices'. The event was sensational and the choir performed lots of different songs including singing along with Tony Hadley.  To finish the event we also sang a medley from 'The Greatest Showman.' The children had an amazing time and sang their hearts out.   Both parents and children thoroughly enjoyed watching and taking part in the final performance. 

Year 2 Legoland and Trafford Centre

Date: 6th Mar 2019 @ 9:03pm

Year 2 went on a trip to Lego Discovery Land and the Trafford Centre. We investigated what materials were suitable or unstable to build a shopping centre and enjoyed a scientific walk through the centre.. We had a great time at the Lego Discovery Land taking part in a workshop, visiting the 3D cinema, having fun on the rides and of course building lots of lego models!

Year 6 Church Visit

Date: 10th Dec 2018 @ 7:12pm

Year 6 had an exciting trip to a local church. 

Year 4 Oral Health

Date: 22nd Nov 2018 @ 10:54am

Year 4 had a visit by the local Oral Health team. They talked to the children about the importance of looking after our teeth and demonstrated the best way to clean teeth with some volunteers. 

Reception 2019 Open Day

Date: 9th Nov 2018 @ 8:53am

Is your child due to start reception in September 2019?

Please come along to our open day where our EYFS lead will be conducting tours around the reception classes and staff will be around to answer any questions you may have.

The Naughty Bus Visit

Date: 18th Oct 2018 @ 11:31am

Following on from our English unit about Transport and the story 'The Naughty Bus' by Jan and Jerry Oke, Year 1 were extremely excited to welcome the real Naughty Bus to school. We met the bus driver, Dave, who gave everyone a ticket for the bus. He spoke to the children about the story and we had some challenges to complete about Buses. Everyone had a turn at sitting in the drivers seat. We had a fantastic morning with the real Naughty Bus. Afterwards, the children made thank you cards to send to Dave.

Early Excellence Trip (Year 1 and 2)

Date: 10th Oct 2018 @ 4:20pm

On 5th October 2018, 12 of our Y1 and 2 children represented our school at the Early Excellence Centre in Huddersfield. Our school was selected from all schools in the North of England to be included in the new Early Excellence publication which is a fantastic achievement. The children were excited to arrive at the wonderful Northern Centre and didn’t hesitate in settling into exploring the beautiful resources on offer. Lindsey, the photographer, worked with the children to create amazing photographs of them engaging with new resources. We can’t wait to see all the photos!



Year 2 visit to Manchester Airport

Date: 3rd Oct 2018 @ 10:04am

To start the new year, all classes at Essa Primary took part in the Transport Project. Each class focused on a particular form of transport. Year 2 were looking at aeroplanes and the life of Amelia Earhart. To help us learn more about flight, we went to Manchester Airport. We took a tour of the education centre. Along the way, we looked at Concorde, sat in the flight deck of a Monarch jet, talked to air traffic control and investigated a research plane.

We were able to ask lots of questions to the helpful staff and learnt that the easy way to remember Concorde’s top speed uses odd numbers! It was able to fly at 1350 miles per hour, so you just have to remember the first three odd numbers.

As the weather was fine, we were able to stand on the mound and watch lots of planes land and take off on what was a very busy day at the airport.
Once we were back in school, we wrote all about our trip and used things we had learnt to write a postcard to Emma-Jane, from the book ‘Emma-Jane in her aeroplane’. We had a great time at the airport and are looking forward to many more school trips in Year 2.

Essa Academy Open Evening

Date: 11th Sep 2018 @ 9:46am

Essa Academy Open Evening

Monday 24th September 2018

4pm - 8.30pm

Trust Newsletter

Date: 29th Jun 2018 @ 1:04pm

Check out what has been happening across the Essa Foundation Academies Trust.

Essa Primary celebrate St. George's day

Date: 23rd May 2018 @ 4:04pm

Children at Essa Primary enjoyed a special day yesterday to celebrate St. George's day. They started the day with a special assembly, with many children choosing to come to school in the colours of St. George's flag. During the day the children took part in different activities to learn more about St. George and how we celebrate this special day in England.

Chris Reddy Visits Year 5

Date: 15th Feb 2018 @ 9:48am

Year 5 had a visit from a special teacher. He came into school to talk about how we behave to help us achieve more.
During the day we played 6 activities as a team. We were split up from our class into 6 groups and we did all 6 activities. We were learning to work in a team and learn about teamwork. The 6 activities were: Egg-golf, Pipe up, Marble drop, Blind build, Opposite stack and Jigsaw. Mr Reddy taught us about teamwork like everybody falls out with each other but sooner or later they become friends again. We also learnt that everybody does not get along and some people get along a lot.

Teamwork will be used in the next half term by helping return things to their rightful owner. Or you could help someone up if they trip over something. Teamwork will also be well used in P.E. We will encourage our teams to win but if you do win, you shouldn’t show off about it. If you lose, you should be resilient and give them a tough game next time.

Mr Reddy, thank you for supporting us in our work and making our work very fun by doing fun activities. It was very helpful of you coming to our school to help children like us in Year 5. It was very kind of you coming here at Essa Primary Academy. Thanks Mr Reddy for helping us Believe, Commit and Achieve!

By Ibrahim (Yr 5)

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