Year6

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​​Year 6 - The final frontier!
​Stars of the Week 2019-2020
Sunday 2nd February 2020
A palindromic day, either way you look at it, it's the same,
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The last time this happened was 900 years ago - WOW!
Anyway enough of time (I really don't like it), such a lot has happened since I last wrote: Robinwood, gas-leak and subsequent school closure, Mr. Calderbank's​ visit and not forgetting the visits from prospective new head teachers, oh and Year 6 have been very busy gearing ourselves up for the next 3 - 4 months of intense work. It was only on Thursday (during a Mini Vinnies' lesson) that the class realised that February was only a matter of days away - that meant that we had spent 5 months together and were nearly half-way through the fnal year - scary!
Worry not though, we are making good progress and working towards​ our aims and aspirations, both academically and spiritually as well. 
It is half-term shortly (well in a fortnight) and it will be a welcome rejuvenation point for both the class and I. After the holiday I will be sending out letters regarding the 'extra' lessons that I teach guiding the children towards May and their NCT's (SATs), the letters will also be available here to download.
On a final note I have managed to book the HMS Belfast in London for Year 6's end of primary school trip. The trip takes place on Monday 13th July (my eighth wedding anniversary, which to my shame I have forgotten the last 3 years due to SATs pressures) and 14th July (which is Mr. Hallman's 60th birthday - I know, I'm older than him - how time flies!). It is a wonderful trip and as usual Year 6 will have a fund raising morning in early July to help subsidise​ the trip.
All details to follow, nearer the time. 
Bye for now,​
Peace and love,
Shalom
Mr. Mc x

Thursday 16th January 2020
Quite strange writing this early on a Thursday morning when I should be in my classroom - ready for another day of teaching with Year 6. However, I'm not! It would appear that the sickness bug has not let me go yet and on Wednesday morning I awoke feeling rather 'under the weather' and sick to the stomach. As with the children (and with Robinwood next week) I have had to stay off for 48 hours to allow the 'bug' to go away (PLEASE GO AWAY!). Hopefully I shall be back in school on Friday and ready to go for Robinwood next week. Now, let's get on with school stuff. Miss Barrie is coming to the end of her 3rd week as is making very good progress in such a demanding environment - well done.
I am pleased to report that the children have come back to school ready to face the challenges of their final 7 months at St. Martin's. Yes there are a lots of challenges coming up, but, as always we will face them together and show everyone what a special school and class they are.
On a final note, I, like everybody else is saddened by the news that Mr. Hallman is to retire at the end of this academic year. I see Mr. Hallman as not only my head teacher but as a friend, I have known him a lot longer than I have worked with and for him. Throughout the years I have always admired his spirit and am ever thankful that he gave me the opportunity (8 years ago) to join this wonderful school and meet and teach all the Year 6 children.
We as a class are going to try our best to make his final year (as our head) as special as it can be. Let's hope the school and governors appoint someone who can take it forward as well as he has led it up until now. I have been asked how this affects me - all I can say is that I remain as firm as always and will give my all to ensure that your children achieve their potential - whatever that potential may be. TESTS are not always the measure of a child and Mr. Hallman, over my time and I'm sure always, has made it clear that dignity, manners, spirituality and morals are just as important as knowing 'square roots' and what a 'fronted adverbial' is. To be honest it is the reason I left my old school and rather than retire​ (yes I'm that old!) joined​ Mr. Hallman and the rest of the terrific staff at St. Martin's - long may it continue!
Bye for now,​
Peace and love,
Shalom
Mr. Mc x

Saturday 14th December 2019
Hello, well that was quite a tough week, my illness still
has me in its vice like grip, however your children have been magnificent (and I don't say that lightly) in getting me through each day - whatever was thrown at us - THANKS!
I need to introduce Miss Barrie to you, she is a Second Year Teaching Student from Hope University (where I used to work) who will be with us until the end of February. Miss Barrie will, hopefully, by the end of her teaching practise have learnt many a new skill from your children. We welcome her with open minds and hearts.
Year 6 would like to say a huge thank you to Caden's mum for coming with us to Chester Zoo on Friday and Mrs. Wild for doing a terrific job of planning the entire trip - cheers.
This coming week is very busy, but the highlight for me will be Thursday afternoon when the entire class, with Mr. Hallman accompanying us, visit Halton Haven to deliver both Christmas cards (hand made by the class) and a Christmas carol concert to the staff and patients. One of the most inspirational things I've ever had the pleasure to be part of in my (young) life, well maybe not that young!
Bye for now,​
Peace and love,
Shalom
Mr. Mc x

Monday 2nd December 2019
Quite a weird feeling writing this - I have been signed off by a Doctor and unfortunately had to stay off due to the fact that I am ​very unwell at the moment. It would appear that my sinus disease has now got a URTI (chest infection) to deal with as well. 
I struggle to be away from my job and especially the children, however on Doctor'​s orders and my wife's (who doesn't usually interfere in matters of work) I am forced to get better for fear of more long term damage. I miss the children and the spirit we create and I can only hope they are proving to the school what terrific kids I know them to be. I hope to be back as quick as I can, however, Tuesday's Advent Service is a little too soon and it will be the first time in 8 years that I will have missed​ my class in such a special service - for this I offer my utmost apologies.
Bye for now,
Peace and love,
And as Eric would say "Shalom"
Mr. Mc x
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Sunday 24th November 2019
​I would like to begin by saying a huge thank you to you all for supporting, not only Year 6, but the whole school during our recent (and still, if getting better) sickness period. At a Halton Council meeting on Tuesday morning regarding the SATs arrangements for next Year (May 2020) I learnt that most schools in the borough were affected - some actually worse than us - so THANK YOU. It was wonderful to actually have, on most days, 26/27 children in class and at this very busy time of year that is essential in Year 6. We have lots of upcoming events that we are part of and in some cases lead as in the Christmas Fair. 
To finish I must let you know how impressed our Holocaust visitor - Eric Cohen was on Friday. Eric, whose father was in Bergen - Belsen at the same time as Anne and Margot Frank, has become not only my friend but a friend of the school and Year 6 in particular. The class were taken on a journey through Eric's family timeline and how it relates to the Holocaust and himself. A truly inspiring and uplifting day and the first of many throughout your children's' final seven and a half months. As Eric left he turned to me and said "I've got more out of these children and the work and note taking is something I haven't seen in many classes even at high school level - you should be proud of them". My reply "I always am!".
​Thanks for allowing me to educate your children, I'm not sure how much longer I will be here, but rest assured while I am I will continue to not only broaden their​ minds but their moral and spiritual souls as well. Manners will help them even if they don't know how to work out the area of a circle!
Bye for now,
Cheers,
Peace and love,
And as Eric would say "Shalom"
Mr. Mc x

Saturday 16th November 2019
Sickness bugs - pesky little (miniscule) creatures have been the bane of our class and school for a while now, however, this past week they seemed to take hold with a vengeance. In Year 6, alone, on Wednesday we actually had more children off (15) than we had in (14). I myself was lucky, this time that I wasn't sick, not so most of the class. As all good families do we stuck together, followed the guidelines we were given about how to 'combat' said bugs and kept on working. We couldn't start anything new, but we could delve deeper into the work we are presently engaged in and make the best of a trying situation. I hasten to add that the work created was beyond what I​ was expecting.
I hope that by Monday 18th we will be nearer our full complement of 29 children (fingers and toes crossed) and that we can try and make up some of the lost ground. We have a busy schedule ahead, as does the rest of the school, what with Christmas song competition (well done Mrs. Hayes), Advent service and Christmas Fair all to rehearse and arrange. On Tuesday I have to attend the Year 6 Halton Council meeting regarding the National Curriculum Tests (​SATs) and assessments for next May and June. I know planning for May already, we all know in class how quickly the time is passing and we are determined to enjoy every last minute of it - SO bugs beware you will not win and we as a school will come out stronger!
Bye for now, peace and love,
Shalom,
Mr. Mc x
  
Sunday 10th November 2019
Remembrance Day 2019, although I teach the class about conflicts that have taken place throughout history my teach​ings come from what I have learnt from reading and talking to people who actually lived through the events. Be it Holocaust survivors, African American scholars or 911 survivors, however this period of history is purely from books and videos. My father was in WWII, but and it is a big but, he would never speak to me about his time served in North Africa and Italy (the only time my father travelled overseas in his life)​ with Field Marshall Montgomery. Likewise my Gran​dad who served in the Royal Navy as a Captain in WWI point blank refused to tell any 'boys' tales about his War years when I was very young, well about the age of my class now​ back in 1969. Like everybody else I see poppies everywhere and tomorrow (Monday 11th November) we will spend a day in class learning about why we sell and buy poppies, both for human life and animal life as well. Hopefully at the end of our lessons the children will know as much as I do and why it is very important to honour​ the 'heroes' of the past. Peace and love, 
Shalom,
Mr. Mc x

Sunday 27th October 2019
It will be November when we return to school and we will enter into a very busy 'Christmas' half-term. It always amazes me how time seems to pass very quickly - even at my age! 8 weeks of school has come and gone in a blur, most of it has been the usual school 'stuff' children getting used to their 'new' teachers, classrooms and levels of work. However, there has also been a very sad moment (see Mr. Hallman's letters on the main page) but through it all St. Martin's has remained the wonderful school that it always has beennow for over 40 years!
I hope everyone connected with the school present and past has a terrific break - I know I need it, I have been suffering lately with 
illness, both in my head and in my stomach (terrible sickness bug in school). I hope and pray that the 9 days break will recharge and reenergize​ my mind, soul and body -​ as with everyone else.
We started on a journey, together, on Tuesday September 3rd and we have a long way to go - now let's finish what we started.
Peace and love,
bye for now,
Mr. Mc x 

Saturday 19th October 2019
I am sitting here wondering (thanks Bella for the word) what tomorrow's score will be, I reckon 3-1 to Man Utd and just for a little while the world will seem a better place, bur really I won't mind if Liverpool win tomorrow. For nearly 7 years I spoke to Martin every morning about, yes you've guessed FOOTBALL! For a long time my team Man Utd had the upper hand, not so lately - Martin's REDS have the upper hand - wherever he is I hope he enjoys it, even if it is to my detriment.
In class we have been working extremely hard as with the rest of the school. This half-term and more so the next really do set the children up for the rest of the academic year. The work seems more difficult - it isn't it is just a level up from what they have already learnt. In Year 6 we have to build on the basics and make progress through to our SAT​s and writing assessment (both May and June 202​0) and at present we are running on fumes and need the upcoming break to refresh and recharge our 'batteries' ready to return and start again in November! November already when we return - Lennon only remarked on Friday that he just remembers walking into Year 6 back in the first week of September. My reply "Time flies when you are having fun - Lennon"
to which I received a quizzical look - says it all.
Bye for now,
cheers,
Mr. Mc x

Sunday 13th October 2019
Hello, not a lot to say this morning. God works in mysterious ways and
I​'ve come to accept that that is his prerogative​. If I believe in anything it is that through desperate times m​y belief in my family, my colleagues and most importantly the children I teach(and their parents) that together we are stronger and can face any adversities that life can and will put in our path.
Your children are working extremely hard, even though we have sickness in the class, I myself was off with said sickness, and you should be very proud of their moral and spiritual leanings.
That's all I've got this week, hopefully normal service will be resumed next weekend.
Cheers,
Peace and love,
Mr. Mc

Saturday 5th October 2019
Another week gone already, is it my age or does time fly by? Five weeks gone already and Year 6 are starting to understand their position in school. Everyday I see and hear about the positives and how the children are maturing. However, don't be fooled we have our ups and downs - we just keep them in class and sort them out with honesty and​ forgiveness; without harbouring any lingering doubt. These are some of the attributes that will help your children navigate the choppy waters ahead and see them grow and be ready for whatever Year 6 brings and high school further ahead.
Thanks to those parents who joined in with us on our Rainbow Run last Friday, at least I wasn't the only 'older person' there!
As always thank you for sending your children to St. Martin's and trusting me​ with the honour to teach them in their final year - it is a long, tough one - but very rewarding in the end.
Cheers,
Bye for now,
Mr. Mc x

Saturday 28th September 2019
​Hello and welcome to St. Martin's Year 6 page. Over the course of the year I will try to keep you informed as much as possible about out trials and tribulations in school. I try to write most Sunday mornings and include what we, as a class have been up to. However, I will also put all the information needed - letters, any upcoming assemblies etc. here as well.
We have done our first month and I have been extremely impressed in how the class are taking their new roles responsibilities to hand. Unfortunately I was off ill for a couple of days in the week (old age catching up with me and the realisation that the end is in sight) and the class fulfilled all their early promise and on my return received many favourable​ comments, especially from the supply teacher who covered for me. Ask your children about 'the bell' - they will know what I mean.
Bye for now,
cheers,
Mr. Mc x
Sunday 2nd February 2020
Finally - Stars of the Week!!!!!!
After what seems like an eternity, well 3 weeks, we have Stars to announce:
The three Year 6 children who did not come to Robinwood. Although they were only in for two days they behaved impeccably and worked with Miss Barrie looking at locational geography amongst other subjects. 
The other Stars were the 26 - Year 6 children who visited Robinwood. The comments from the staff at the centre in Wrexham showed what a tremendous set of children we have, this also goes for the Year 5 children as well.
Well done to all, a more conventional Stars next week, I promise.​

Thursday 16th January 2020
Whilst Miss Barrie is with us (she is half way through her placement) she has the unenviable  task of choosing the recipients. As soon as I know who she has chosen (for this week) I will update this page.

Saturday 14th December 2019
Lots of things have happened on a Friday - Christmas Fair, Chester Zoo visit, therefore nothing else has. That means that as things stand Stars of the Week remains unaccounted for. As with all 'great' things it will return - SOON! And when it does this space will be updated.

Monday 2nd December 2019
None due to Inset Day on Friday 29th Novenber ​- there will be some soon - I hope?

Sunday 24th November 2019
None this week due to Year 6 not attending assembly - we had a special visitor; see the other side for details.
NORMAL service will be resumed ASAP!​

Saturday 16th November 2019
​​A difficult choice this week - purely for the fact that on most days we had a maximum of 18 children in class. However, the children who were in chose: Abigail Green and Evlyn​ McIntyre. Abigail throughout the first 10 weeks of Year 6 has shown an ever increasing maturity in her work. this past week in particular. She has been challenging herself to answer more and more questions and put across her point of view, this is essential in Year 6 and high school beyond. Evlyn, on the other hand has week by week grown ever so slightly in her self confidence and she is beginning to attempt work she previously would shy away from. The outcome of this new found self-belief being that she is making good progress as we work our way through Year 6. Well done to both.
As I always do, I must say that all Year 6 give their all every day, sometimes we get it wrong, who doesn't? But, we stick together and that's what makes us St. Martin's children - full of manners, dignity and with a strong moral compass to guide us.​

Sunday 10th November 2019
Our two Stars this week are our Sports' Ambassadors - Bella Hamling and Lennon Corless​. Since being voted in at the start of September both Bella and Lennon have grown in maturity with regards their roles. They work with Mr. Lomas (our sports teacher) each week helping him to get the equipment ready, not only for Year 6 but the other classes he works with as well. Both Bella and Lennon are learning invaluable leadership skills as well as difficult decisions over team selection and group work. In our after school club on a Thursday night (which now finishes at 4:15pm due to the onset of dark nights) they again work closely with Mr. Lomas to ensure that whoever attends, and on most weeks we have 24-26 attending, are trying out new sporting skills. Up to now we have had 'nerf' wars, bench ball, dodge ball and this week we were introduced to 'New Age Curling'. It is a testament to both the class, who chose them in September and to their ongoing education that I am proud to say that Bella and Lennon have risen to challenge and are taking us forward with enthusiasm and vigour. Well done to both and to all Year 6 who realise that physical education is a must and gives our brains a different challenge to the one that​ we face most days.

Sunday 27th October 2019
Final Stars of the first half-term - a whole 8 weeks! These two children were chosen and voted for by the class as the children who represented these past eight weeks appropriately: Bella Hamling and Brooklyn McManus. Bella has applied herself to every new and challenging concept that has been put before her with a vigour and thirst for knowledge, always ready to get involved and answer even the most daunting question. Brooklyn, on the other hand has matured slowly over the first 8 weeks. His attitude and commitment to school has made very good progress and he is beco​​ming more and more involved in his own learning and education. However, I must add as I always do that Year 6 in general have risen to the challenges they have been presented with over the past 8 weeks and in my eyes they are all stars, even if at times they fail to shine as brightly as they should - they are still STARS.  

Saturday 19th October 2019
​Another two girls this week: Tyler Nester and Laci Walls.
Both girls found Year 6 quite daunting in the first 4-5 weeks, however both have begun to understand that if they put input into the lessons and work (whilst not worrying about getting things wrong) they will begin to reap the rewards and gain a clearer knowledge and confidence. In both cases this has been true over the past week. Tyler is starting to make steady progress with the level of work in Year 6 and Laci is beginning to open up and realise she has a part to play in Year 6 not only for herself but the rest of the class also.
Again I find myself saying - WELL DONE GIRLS!

Sunday 13th October 2019
The class chose two girls this week: Bella Hamling and Chloe Brown. Both girls were chosen for the same subject matter - Pastor Martin Niemoller's​ poem. Bella for her interpretation and writing and Chloe for the input and reading of a short video. Both girls work helped other members of the class with their note taking and eventually with written pieces of work. In Bella's work her writing showed an insightfulness and a level of maturity of a very high standard as did Chloe's observations and comments on a short video of the poem. These two girls really did help the other children in the class to realise that if you listen, learn and then challenge you can and will succeed in Year 6 as in all forms of education. However, I always add that there were many other candidates that could of received these awards and that is the most pleasing aspect; the class on the whole is beginning to make progress in a very trying year - long may it continue.
Well done girls!
 
Friday 4th October 2019
Two different types of awards this week,​ firstly Riley McIntyre and secondly the Mini Vinnies' Presidents.
Riley was chosen by the class for his input, enthusiasm and growing maturity that is clearly evident in everything he does - his answers and subsequent questions whilst learning the introduction to the Holocaust was a pleasure to watch and listen to.
The Mini Vinnies' Presidents (Chloe Brown, Sarah O'Connor, Freya Davidson and last but certainly not least, George Malone) planned and delivered a lesson, whilst Sister Teresa was away. The lesson was informative, engaging and made every member of Year 6 feel included. As with Riley it was a testament to the hard work of their previous teachers to see the​ children beginning to use and expand their academic and social talents. Well done to both award recipients.
I must also add that the whole of Year 6, as in previous years, are starting to show that after 5 weeks they understand their roles within the classroom and the whole school in general - therefore in my eyes they are all stars, however these two shone just a little​ brighter this week.

Introduction.
​In Year 6 the children and I chose the Stars of the Week, I (like the children) get one vote. Each week the children, who have been chosen, will be listed here and the reason why the class chose them. Then, as parents you can see what most children forget to tell their parents​ - how terrific they and their class are - week in week out. I have always been honoured and blessed to teach at St. Martin's and more so in Year 6; unfortunately this makes me slightly biased and human - we are the best Year 6, however I would add that I hope and pray that is how every Year 6 teacher feels about their class. Anyway as soon as we have our next chosen couple you will see them here.