Year 4 have been involved in a local initiative organised by the Heywood based social enterprise group PossAbilities, who, supported by the Big Lottery Fund, have created Monkey Town Goes Ape! The Monkey Town trail.

In the 19th Century, the town of Heywood was built around the area today known as Heap Bridge. Irish ‘navvies’ working on the railway with their native accents, sounded to locals as if they were referring to it as ‘Ape Bridge’. Since that time Heywood has been known as Monkey Town.

The trail that has been organised is a three mile walk around Heywood which will encompass all of the nine apes that have been designed by school and local groups.

We were linked with Manchester based artist Lee Hartley, who has worked on projects with both Disney and Lego.

Lee visited class today and we created our own space themed designs for our ape Bridget. We thoroughly enjoyed the session and can’t wait to see the final design on the ape!

We will keep you updated on the progress of Bridget!

26.04.17 Progress so far……




leo stapleton - walker · 24th April 2017 at 5:33 pm

Miss Bowman I really enjoyed our art with Lee! I really wish we could do another art session with him he is really fun and really helpful. It was really nice of him to do that big heap poster with all of our initials on .


Evie Kirk · 24th April 2017 at 6:01 pm

I really enjoyed making my own planet and everyone did great.


Evie Kirk · 24th April 2017 at 6:02 pm

I really liked it , everyone did a good job.


Laura Mcloughlin · 24th April 2017 at 6:29 pm

I really enjoyed doing art today it was SO MUCH FUN! I enjoyed the art, the designs and the ideas they looked so good. I really enjoyed the work today and I hope we do something like this again. I can’t wait to see the monkey and see all our designs.


Joshua Berry · 25th April 2017 at 6:40 pm

I really enjoyed making a planet to go on Bridget! It was great to meet Lee and I can’t wait to see the finished Gorilla!!


Daisy Kay · 26th April 2017 at 8:45 am

I really enjoyed drawing pictures for Bridget’s tattoos


HollieSalmon · 26th April 2017 at 4:47 pm

It looks good so far, can’t wait to see it when it is done!


Callum Morton · 26th April 2017 at 5:05 pm

I really enjoyed our art with Lee! I can’t wait until it is done.


Andrew and Helena · 27th April 2017 at 1:08 pm

This looks really interesting. Its nice to see that people in our school are getting involved in community projects. We hope Bridget turns out great! ;}


Nikki B-G · 1st May 2017 at 12:10 pm

This is a very interesting subject that I know Maddie has enjoyed working on. I look forward to seeing Bridget when she’s finished. Well done Year 4 🙂


Max Cross · 3rd May 2017 at 4:04 pm

Thanks Miss Bowman! I really enjoyed this lesson! Can’t wait to see Bridget all finished! He will look AMAZING! I loved the space theme! I liked my Football World but it was rubbish but Miss Bowman says it isn’t! And I wish we could do another lesson with Lee! He is a funky, creative, incredible Aritist!


Evie Kirk · 23rd May 2017 at 7:58 pm

Who ever did the trail they get a well done and a thumbs up from me and I think the monkey looks good too.


Amelia Vaudrey · 23rd June 2017 at 11:11 pm

Mrs Wallsworth I really enjoyed doing art with Lee. I can’t wait until we get Bridget back and keep her forever and ever so that the whole school can see all the art work.


Maddison Barker-Gorse · 19th July 2017 at 6:23 pm

I enjoyed designing the ape and most of the parade it was fun holding all the signs.

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