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​​Year 6 - The final frontier!​
​Stars of the Week 2019-2020
Tuesday 26th May 2020
Shalom, I hope this update finds you all safe and well and hopefully looking forward to a possible return to school on the 8th June - provisional!
This just in from The Anne Frank Trust UK - a writing competition for you all to enter. The sheet below gives you all the details to start working on your piece. 
rules-and-banner.pdf
The closing date is the 30th June, maybe just maybe we will be able to work on this back in our classroom, fingers crossed.
Stay safe,
Mr. Mc x​

Sunday 17th May 2020
Hello, 6 new Rapid Reasoning Maths sets of work for you to work through. Reasononing in Maths introduces problem solving and the use of words, and as any Year 6 will tell you introducing words to a Maths question complicates matters. Well these excellent resources will help you to gain a greater understanding of how to solve reasoning questions.
These are here for you to keep your level of Maths proficiency 'ticking over'. The answers are included, however, try not to use them until you have to, hopefully you won't need them - other than for checking your work. Do them daily, weekly or however your mental health​  allows. They are here to help not hinder.

Rapid_Reasoning_Year 6_Week 1.pdf
Rapid_Reasoning_Year 6_Week 2.pdf
Rapid_Reasoning_Year 6_Week 3.pdf
Rapid_Reasoning_Year 6_Week 4.pdf
Rapid_Reasoning_Year 6_Week 5.pdf
Rapid_Reasoning_Year 6_Week 6.pdf

As always if you need anything please email me at:

stmartinsyear6@gmail.com

And I'll get back to you as quickly as I can. Even if you just want to tell me what you have been up to (NOT WORK - although you can, if you want, and please send your work to the school FaceBook page).
Stay safe and take care of yourself and your families.
Mr. Mc x

Thursday 14th May 2020 
Update for you to work through (at your leisure - remember your ​mental health at this time is extremely important), here are the next two booklets in our Anne Frank activity work. These have been supplied from The Anne Frank Trust UK website (click website link below for online versions of all 5 activity booklets).

Activity-Book-Section-4.pdf
Activity-Book-Section-5.pdf

The Anne Frank Trust website

Now, on a totally​ different point - we are another day nearer our return (hopefully), that got me thinking about how I am feeling with regards missing you all and I remembered a song from a musical I had seen, the song was called You Will Be found. After listening to the lyrics I realised it pretty much summed up my thoughts about this whole situation. So I searched the Internet and found a version with the words,​ so you could read them if you wanted to. Please listen and tell the rest of the class - Shalom,
Take care and stay safe,
Mr. Mc x

Wednesday 13th May 2020
Another day wondering when we will be back together (in some way) in our classroom - sometime in June, hopefully.
It is brilliant to receive so many emails to the Year 6 address (listed at the end of this rambling!),whenever and at what time I get them I always try to reply as quickly as possible. You can write to me with anything at all: about school work, what you have been up to whilst in 'lockdown', missing school or your classmates, the list is endless. It seems such a long time ago that we were sitting in the classroom on that Friday - however, to me it is just yesterday, I know it is hard believe me I've got a twenty year old son completing his final dissertation for University (pressure) whilst being into his 8th week of 'lockdown' not being able to see his girlfriend or (to him) more importantly his mates! We will be back sooner rather than later, but really what does that actually mean, June is not that far away now and maybe just maybe in some capacity we will​ get a chance to be together once more as the 'best' Year 6 in our world!
This is the Year 6 email address:
stmartinsyear6@gma
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I hope you all stay safe and remember to keep in touch with as many of your classmates as you can and me if you think on.
That's all for now,
Stay safe and take care. 
Peace and love,
Shalom,
Mr. Mc x

Tuesday 12th May 2020
Hello, 6 new Fluent in Five Maths sets of work for you to work through. These are here for you to keep your level of Maths proficiency 'ticking over'. The answers are included, however, try not to use them until you have to, hopefully you won't need them - other than for checking your work. Do them daily, weekly or however your mental health​  allows. They are here to help not hinder.
 Fluent in Five - Year 6 - Week 1.pdf 
Fluent in Five - Year 6 - Week 2.pdf
Fluent in Five - Year 6 - Week 3.pdf
Fluent in Five - Year 6 - Week 4.pdf
Fluent in Five - Year 6 - Week 5.pdf
Fluent in Five - Year 6 - Week 6.pdf

Monday 27th April 2020​
​Another week come and gone and still no end in sight on when we might return to 'our' classroom in school. I hope and pray that all Year 6 children and their families are managing to find some time to reflect on life, rather like in our Mini Vinnies' meditation lessons with Sister T, and find some sort of peace of mind. I know each night when I go on a walk (with my wife), I try to think about how you are all getting along and it dawns on me, yes, each and every night, I MISS MY CLASS! I wish I knew when and how this time, in all our lives, would draw to a conclusion, but I don't. What I do know is that God, fate call it whatever you like throws up moments of surprise. Like today when I had a brilliant face-time call (Mr. Mc goes social media) with George (Jorge) and his mum. George needed some advice about a piece of work he still had to do and so his mum sent me an email asking would I face-time him. Not a problem, and within moments there was George and his mum on my iPhone in my office, well actually I was on my drums at the time (well it was my dinner break, honest Mr. Hallman).​ Twenty minutes later George knew what he needed to do and I could get back to 'hitting things'.
It's odd, I have been receiving requests from all the high schools about the class. It's very early for these requests - they are usually after SATs and nearer to the end of the school year.  They ask all sorts of questions about how they can help you to make the transition to high school as smooth as possible. I shall, over the next week be answering all their questions and giving them my honest opinion on how I think your children would of fared in both the SATs and all the other teacher assessments that usually take place.
Rest assured they will quickly understand the level of children St. Martin's produces as they have done in the past.

NOW, after my ramblings let's get to some - WORK. 
​Hopefully, you have all been writing your diary as part of your work and completed the 3 Anne Frank activity files​ (posted here on Monday 20th April). Your next set of work is to write the diary in a different way!​

Remember, I don’t want you to write a diary by hand. You can think of a creative way to record your thoughts and feelings. 

You might want to write a blog, make a podcast or video diary. You could even make a comic, graphic novel or an animation!​ The choice is yours. As well as this, work through this new Make A Diary Project 

from The Anne Frank Trust UK website.

Diary-project-1-starting-a-diary-FINAL1.pdf

As for reading I would like you to download the 2 newspapers from the First News ​website on the front page of the school website. They​ are excellent for reading and I will be setting a reading comprehension from them in the not to distant future.
Please remember if you need me (like George and his mum) get in touch through the Year 6 email address:

stmartinsyear6@gmail.com

I'll get back to you as soon as I possibly can.​
That's all for now,
Stay safe and take care.
Peace and love,
Shalom,
Mr. Mc x
P.S. The Royal Shakespeare Company​ site is essential for high school - you will learn about him, why not start now.

Monday 20th April 2020
Where to start, I'm not actually sure and for me that is unusual - whether I get it right or wrong I try to learn all the time. However, it's not that easy at the moment (as you are well aware!). To say I am missing the children is an understatement of the highest order, there are a small handful who are keeping in touch via the Year 6 email address; I just hope the rest are keeping safe and continuing to learn. With that in mind I have just received these from The Anne Frank Trust UK for the children to add to their Anne Frank work:

FinalHFT-Activity-Book-Section-1.pdf 
HFT-Activity-Book-Section-2.pdf
Activity-Book-Section-3.pdf

As well as these activity booklets there is another terrific resource online on You Tube. What if Anne Frank had a video recorder, well wonder no more. In conjunction with The Anne Frank House a series has been produced bringing Anne's diary to life. To find the series go to You Tube and search Anne Frank video diaries. They are ABSOLUTELY brilliant!!!!!!​

I will be setting NEW work for the class next Monday 27th April (revised date from the 20th April - somewhere in my brain I thought we would be back!!!!!!!!) on this page. I would like to think that we will (as a school) be back in from the 1st June, after the Whit half-term break, although the signs do not appear that positive at the moment, well Year 6 is about POSITIVITY and that's what I have lots of.
I really do hope all St. Martin's children and their families are safe and well, especially Year 6. One day we will be back in 'our' classroom ready to live, laugh, love and learn. 
Bring it on!
Bye for now,​
Peace and Love,
Shalom,
Mr. Mc x​

Monday 13th April 2020
Shalom,
2 new updates for you this morning from Classroom Secrets website, the first one gives you some practical ideas to try out with your children:

Year-6-Home-Learning-Pack-Practical-Ideas.pdf

The second is a very good Maths/English set of work. All relevant to Year 6 level of study. I have enclosed the answer sheet as well - only for use after you have attempted the work:

Year-6-Home-Learning-Pack.pdf

Year-6-Home-Learning-Pack-Guidance-and-Answers.pdf

There are some excellent questions, both Maths and English in this pack, try your best to complete them. Remember, if you need any help or guidance or just to say hello, then get in touch via the Year 6 email address:

stmartinsyear6@gmail.com

Shalom,
Peace and Love,
Bye for now,
Mr. Mc x

NEW UPDATES for Year 6 - 12th April 2020​
New list of websites to work your way through. I will be setting work from these after 20th April (if we are not back in school). 

Year 6 websites - April 2020.docx

Friday 10th April 2020 (Good Friday)

I remember when my son was in primary school and he asked his teacher (Mrs. Hallman) "Why was Good Friday so called as there was nothing good about it?", well know I understand what he meant. Today is Good Friday, yet,it feels the opposite. School seems a long way off and the prospect of teaching my 29 children in 'our' Year 6 classroom seems as distant as the first Good Friday all those years ago. I hope and pray all St. Martin's children are coping (and their families) during this extremely trying period. I have received emails from some, not all the Year 6 children and have seen some terrific work. I will be setting NEW WORK on this page week beginning 20th April - assuming we are not back in school! 
With regards to my opening line - I know it is Good Friday and my son now understands the reasons why, that doesn't make it any easier to comprehend. 
I would like to finish by wishing you all a Happy Easter and remember if we keep the faith it will reward us.
Stay safe,
Peace and Love,
Shalom,​
Mr. Mc x

Sunday 5th April 2020 - Palm Sunday.
​We all know Mr. Hallman's fascination with all things The Beatles. Well, here's your chance to impress him with your artwork. The walls outside of Abbey Road Studios, in London, are usuall​​y covered in messages from people all over the world with regards their love of The Beatles.
abbey-road-studios_03-580x349-580x336.jpg
Abbey Road Studios have created an online way of joining in, whilst the current COVID-19 lock down continues - details of how to take part and the actual design to download are here. It would be great if you could send some of your designs to me and I will forward them on to Mr. Hallman - he is in 12 week lock down at the moment and your efforts would cheer him up and further enhance his LOVE for all things -The Beatles. 
Write On The Virtual Abbey Road Wall.docx
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I hope and pray that everyone is coping as well as they can and remember as per the April Newsletter, some day, somehow we will be back and celebrate your time at St. Martin's.
Bye for now,
Peace and Love,
Shalom,
Mr. Mc x 

Thursday 2nd April 2020
Finally, I've managed to write my thoughts about the current predicament​ we (Year 6) find ourselves in. Forgive any melancholic views, I really am missing my class and it possibly comes through in my words:

Year 6 letter 2nd April 2020.docx
 
Saturday 21st update!
Just received this on the Year 6 email account - thanks Freya, do I really​ look this GOOD?
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Saturday 21st March 2020
Thoughts and comments will come as soon as I can think straight about them, however in the meantime here is the ​IMPORTANT letter that children were given on the last day (Friday 20th):

Year 6 information 20-03-2020.docx

This letter gives you all the information you need for your children whilst they are not in school.
I really​ hope to see my 29 children again - in my classroom, ready to learn as they have been since last September - prayers and thoughts are with them all as with you.
Peace and love,
Shalom,
Mc. Mc x

Sunday 15th March 2020
Hello and welcome once again to the ramblings of your children's​' teacher - that's me!
It seems like just a moment ago that we returned from the half-term break, yet, here we are three weeks gone already; what a three weeks! 
Extra lessons continue to go from strength to strength and believe it or not are actually brilliant to be part of, so much so that we forget the time and run over - APOLOGIES to all at the front door for late dispatch of your children - it's their fault not mine. THEY WILL BE ON TIME  - THIS WEEK (I promise).
We are continuing to focus on the trials and tribulations that lie ahead and believe me when I say - that when asked NONE of the children want their education interrupted or their SATs postponed. We will continue to do our best and see where that takes us - come Friday July 17th.
Everyday we hear about Coronavirus (COVID-​19) in the news and it is unsettling and could even have an impact on our lessons - going forward, however, we (as a class) are determined to carry on and aim towards SATs, end of Year show, Year 6 Residential (wherever that may be) and eventually high school the best we can. Believe in us as we believe in ourselves and the wonderful school we attend.
Bye for now,​
Peace and love,
Shalom
Mr. Mc x​​

Sunday 1st March 2020
Almost a month has gone by since I last wrote anything here; It must have been a quiet month - quite the contrary!
Obviously we have had half-term in that time and it was a pleasure to listen to all the stories about what the children did or didn't do over the break. I actually love the stories about doing nothing and relaxing. We all need to refresh our minds and bodies and at this time of year the children need to understand that more than any other class in the school. As you can see from the front page of the website the class will be featured in an upcoming documentary about 'Loan Sharks' (thanks Jess Francis for your winning design) full details about when it will be on ITV to follow as soon as we get them - I'll let you know.
This last week went very quickly (yes - we know it can't) but, to us it did, we came back in on the Monday and suddenly I'm saying "Have a safe weekend - see you Monday" on Friday night. The next weeks and months are so important to Year 6, I'm not going to go over what lies ahead - we know and that is what matters. We know what is coming and how to navigate it. However, I had been waiting (anxiously) for confirmation about our proposed trip to Parliament when we visit London in July. Without this visit we would not receive the travel allowance that the Government provide. Without this the trip would be cost prohibitive and would not take place - it really is that important. You can imagine my relief on Wednesday evening when I finally got the confirmation and even better the slot I had asked for as my first choice. YES! Year 6 were going to London and with a travel subsidy to help with the costs, I was ecstatic. Unfortunately, I then received another email that altered my mood considerably. It was from Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines, our Holocaust Survivor, this would have been her fourth visit to St. Martin's (a highlight of my year and also the Year 6 children who have been lucky​ enough to meet her). In it she told me how sorry she was but her health had taken a turn for the worse (she is in her nineties) and she could no longer travel. I sent her a reply sending all the prayers and thoughts from not only myself but the class and whole school. I was devastated - good news followed by bad - I really wanted my current Year 6 to meet her, her talks were inspirational on so many levels. Over the coming weeks the class and I will find a way to send her our love, I don't know how, but what I do know is that your children will inspire me to find a way!
Bye for now,​
Peace and love,
Shalom
Mr. Mc x
P.S. REMEMBER Tuesday 3rd March next revision lesson 3:15 to 5:00pm in the Y​ear 6 classroom.
  
Sunday 2nd February 2020
A palindromic day, either way you look at it, it's the same,
02022020
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 fi​nal 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
Wednesday 8th April 2020
An unusual Star of the Week - this week, as Lennon is the only Year 6 I have seen whilst I have been in school on Childcare Provision.
That being said, Lennon, was absolutely on his 'top game' during his last visit. Throughout the day his enthusiasm and leadership skills, especially around the younger children, was a pleasure to behold. True St. Martin's spirit and a credit to his family and his Year 6 'family' as well​. Well done Lennon. By the way his drawing is of Kaiden as a pirate - life like - 'Don't you think?'.
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Sunday 15th March 2020
​Again I find myself commending the whole class, but especially the Mini Vinnies' Presidents: George, Sarah, Freya and Chloe for a tremendous Mini Vinnies Assembly on Friday morning - created in such a limited amount of time A big thank you as well to all the parents, grandparents etc. who joined us for our celebration.
IMG_5654.jpgIt was also special because Sister Teresa and Janet Lawrence (Head of the Mini Vinnies for Shrewsbury Diocese) were both in attendance and spoke with high regard for the children and their work as Mini Vinnies.​
For my part - I am proud to be associated with both Mini Vinnies, but, more importantly the children of Year 6. And a special mention must go out to Isabella who had the 'unfortunate' task of portraying me in the drama section of the assembly - funny thing is she did it better than I can!

Sunday 1st March 2020​
Although​ Year 6 didn't attend Friday's assembly we still had Stars - the 26 children who attended the first of our extra lessons (it would have been the whole class other than for illness). On Tuesday 25th we held our first revision lesson in the Year 6 classroom from 3:15 until 5:00pm. The lesson and atmosphere were both 'brilliant' and to those who attended I offer my highest praise - it makes Tuesday a very long day and to a child they were first rate. Thanks must also go out to Mrs. Isherwood who helped organise the refreshments (which were readily accepted by all) and the three Year 8 girls who came to offer their help and assistance: Charlotte, Mollie and Chloe - Thanks girls!

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.