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​​Year 6 - The final frontier!​​
​Stars of the Week 2020-2021
Sunday 25th October 2020
​Well, as promised here is my take on the last eight weeks in Year 6. One word springs to mind as I sit here contemplating the first half term - rewarding. Rewarding in so many ways, firstly I wasn't sure if the children would return to school with a fervour for learning - they did! Secondly - would I return after the summer for another year at St. Martin's - I did! Thirdly, oh well, you get the picture, Year 6 have been nothing short of outstanding, from behaviour, attendance, adaptability to learning. Throughout the eight weeks they have put the trials and tribulations of 'lock down' in a place, not forgotten, but away in the memory, used as experience. It was slightly difficult on Friday as both the class and I knew we needed a break, but strangely it ​felt not right, however after we reassured ourselves that Monday 2nd November was only nine days away and NOT five months (as in March) we happily went on our way. Hopefully, when we get back we can continue to make the progress we had begun, it was methodical and at times lacking pace, but with what they have been through totally commendable​. It is important to remember that we as a class will do the best we can to make you all proud; as I've said before - ​what more could anyone ask.
Bye for now,
Stay cafe and take care - see you on Monday 2nd November
Mr. Mc x 
REMEMBER if you need to get in touch, use the Year 6 email address:
Year 6 email​

Saturday 24th October 2020

WOW! what an eight weeks that was. I was going to write this very early this morning at about 5:30am when I got up, I know what you're thinking, why are you getting up at that time on a Saturday in half term?
Well, let me tell you - it is extremely difficult to just switch off and my body clock, although getting older by the minute, is still functioning so I thought I should be up getting ready for work. I'm sure the children will be just the same this morning and I've already had several emails to the Year 6 address saying they miss school; how terrific is that after all they have been through. I'm going to add my thoughts about our first eight weeks together - tomorrow morning, after, hopefully sleeping in until at least 6:00am!
Bye for now,
Mr. Mc x

​Sunday 18th October 2020
The world we live in seems to become stranger and stranger day by day. We have been back in school for seven weeks now and (touch wood) have had a consistent attendance in the class and school of around 94-96% most weeks. What a testament to the families that send their children to St. Martin's and the school, but more importantly the staff, who work tirelessly to keep the school a safe environment to work and learn in.​ I know in Year 6 we have become very proud of our ability to adapt to any situation that arises. We talk, regularly, about the need to be in school rather than in 'lockdown' again, whatever type of 'lockdown' that might be. The sense of family and understanding within the class is quite astounding, each child wants to learn and the enthusiasm within the lessons is clear to see, even when the concepts being taught are challenging.
As we enter, what we call 'the dark months' our resolve and determination to make progress, however slow and steady that may be, is imperative​ to our mental health and wellbeing, mine included. Half-term is only 5 school days away and a break from the 'new' school system will give us time to appreciate​ what this wonderful school affords us - a home away from home. I for one am grateful to be able to work in such a place and teach such inquisitive children - thank you.
Bye for now,
Mr. Mc x

Sunday 11th October 2020
Sunday morning  already, I just remember writing last week's piece and yet, here I find myself back at my computer contemplating this past week in our classroom. First things first - there was no homework this week; it felt right as the class has worked tremendously hard all week and there were signs of fatigue​ setting in late Thursday early Friday morning. I feel it essential that the children want to be in school - learning, however there comes a point of no return. Refresh, recharge and go again; that's what we will do on Monday morning! We are nearly at the October half-term holiday when the school will get a well earned break, hopefully this will allow the children time to reflect on a wonderful first half-term (I know there's two weeks to go, but, rest assured they will be good!). As for myself, the children keep inspiring me to get up and come to school and teach. it seems a long time ago that I did my training with Mrs. Walton and Mrs. Bradley in Year 5, however I taught a girl in that class who I later taught in Year 6 at Victoria Road - Hannah Heesom. Eleven years later Hannah is now training to be a teacher and wants to complete her third year practise in St. Martin's in Year 6! It would appear that she has come full circle back to her original primary school. I will keep you informed of events as they happen, she should start sometime in November - as long as it is safe to do so.
Bye for now,
Mr. Mc x

Sunday 4th October 2020
This week we have Maths homework​ about the expanded form of numbers up to and including 10 digits and writing numbers as words also up to and including 10 digits ​(due in on Tuesday 6th October). The children each have a hard copy - this is in case they misplace their version:
Maths homework no. 3 2-10-2020.docx

Saturday 3rd October 2020
I know - October already. Even in these 'different' times it still amazes me how the weeks seem to pass by very quickly, although I know they don't, the perception is quite the opposite. Even the children are beginning to realise that Year 6 will come and go in the 'blink of an eye', which is why we must make the best of everything we do. And I must say that up to now that'​s exactly what we are doing. Our stamina is getting better (including mine, I might add) and this is helping us to pace our days and weeks in a more routine manner. By the time Thursday's PE lesson with Mr. Lomas and Friday's cricket lesson with Coach Chris come around the class is still full of energy and more importantly - enthusiasm. The level of work and the understanding that goes with being in Year 6 is progressing as we listen and learn more, as well as the level of independence in thought and mind. We still have some distance to go to 'make-up' for the months of missed education, however, if they continue as they have started the year, they will succeed and do their best to make, first and foremost them​selves proud, which will in turn make you proud.
I really do have the 'best' job in the world teaching Year 6 at St. Martin's, hopefully for this one last year I can do you proud as well.
Bye for now,
Mr. Mc x

Sunday 28th September 2020
Four weeks in already and what a terrific four weeks it has been. We have nearly a full class most days and we have built up a great sense of purpose amongst us. Safety is paramount throughout our day and we have a cleaning rota in operation that is second to none - hands included! The level of commitment to school is exemplary and each new day brings a fresh resolve to do their best. We have begun our work on Anne Frank and the Holocaust and I am pleased to say the response from the class has been nothing short of outstanding. They really do want to learn and grow with the subject. This will help them learn the skills needed to achieve standard in English as we try to 'catch up' for the missing time in Year 5.
Homework was set on Friday (due in on Tuesday 29th). It centered around having to flee home at a moment's notice and more importantly what three things would they take and why? Just as Anne did on July 6th 1942 when she entered the 'Secret Annex' with the rest of her family​.
Here's to another ​week ahead and hopefully another week were the enthusiasm and input remains as high as it has been.
Bye for now,
Mr. Mc x

Sunday 20th September 2020
Year 6 Homework Friday 18th September - DUE IN ON TUESDAY 22nd September (back-up copies of work and reading):
1st Homework - 18-09-2020.docx
AF intro reading.jpg

Thursday 17th September 2020
Today we discussed the possibility of the class or indeed school having to go into lockdown again. Year 6 will need a way of receiving work and keeping in touch with myself. 
The Year 6 email address is as follows:​
This page is also a portal to any work that would NEED to be completed. The following work is a piece that we will be working on as we build our stamina and confidence levels back up, across these first few weeks.
We will hold further discussions in class on Friday 18th September to work out the best way of proceeding in the unfortunate event of a lockdown.
Bye for now,
Mr. Mc x

Sunday 13th September 2020
WOW! one whole week in school and what a good one it was. As I said in my first entry (2nd August) the first hurdle we have to overcome is how to get back to a routine, hourly, weekly etc. Well, we have done our first full week and apart from teething problems, which happen at the beginning of every new academic year, it went extremely well. The children are starting to understand that school is different, health and safety must always come first, also the fact that coming in and leaving class times also are altered. However everyone is playing their part and making these new restrictions (toilet times, washing hands, cleaning the class) all work to our benefit. During the week we took our time as I introduced them to the 12 Principles of Year 6 and that it is important to build our moral compass (which these 12 Principles form). The lessons involved engaging dialogue between us all​, enabling the class to understand the basis of Year 6 life. PE and cricket lessons were excellent and the children really enjoyed the activities provided. Towards the end of the week, as is customary in Year 6, I introduced Philippe Petit to the class and his 'WALK' between the Twin Towers in Manhattan on the 7th August 1974 (part of our 911 remembrance). Considering the stamina levels in the class were beginning to wane (well they have been away for a long time!) the input from the class and the level of questions asked was quite astonishing, so much so that we will continue on Monday 14th to enable us to complete our work. 
Here's to another week as we build our stamina, ​knowledge and moral compass towards the levels we need to make Year 6 a success, however, also as I've said before, if the children and I do our best then that is all we can do ​(I've been here before) and please believe me we will do the school and yourselves proud​. And that is worth coming to school for!
Bye for now,
Stay safe and take care,
Mr. Mc x

Sunday 6th September 2020
One week gone already (well 3 days - but you know what I mean!) and another Year 6 class enters their final year at St. Martin's. I hope and pray that this year will be more settled and focused​ than the previous one​. By now the 'old' Year 6 children will all be Year 7's and will have attended their respective high schools; some have already visited as they picked up siblings from us and it was great to see them in their new school uniforms. The 'new' Year 6 have really impressed me - they have been away from school for nearly 6 months, but during these tentative first days they have shown me true St. Martin's spirit and resolve. It has been, well for me anyway, truly exciting to be back in the Year 6 classroom (as I know all the other teacher's have) starting to educate your children for one final time. There will be traumatic days and weeks ahead, there always is, however, we will strive to make you proud by doing our best - that is all we can promise. I for one will be happy with that, as you should be. Here's to Week 2 and whatever that may bring - well, 911 on Friday 11th September.
Bye for now,
Stay safe and take care,
Mr. Mc x​

Sunday 2nd August 2020
Well two weeks has gone by in a flash (cue Queen music - Bella) and I am beginning to think about September and how school might be when we all return. The 'new' Year 6 children will have been away from school since March 20th; over 5 months without formal education. The Government have already published details of when we will be expected to take SATs next May as well as their English writing assessment in June. A tall order even with a complete Year 5 'under their belt'. Our job as a class will be to adapt to a new way of life within school - becoming settled again in daily, weekly, monthly education and most importantly learning to cope with the pressure of our missed education. It is not your fault that this virus engulfed us all, however it is our responsibility to return ready to 'catch up' and make progress with our school work - both academically and spiritually as well. I have for the past eight years been the Year 6 teacher at St. Martin's, a job I believe in and do to the best of my (aging) abilities. It is my responsibility to ensure your children achieve their potential and I firmly believe that manners, dignity, trust, loyalty all key elements of Year 6 life are just as important, if not more so, than Maths and English. Not every one can count, write and read to an achieved standard, yet they can believe in our school and class and certainly become better people for having been at St. Martin's. I have extremely high standards when it comes to having a 'moral compass' and next year will be no different.
Just before I go, I must remind the leaving Year 6 children that I have not and never will forget you. It was a very strange year, you had so much taken​ away from you, yes SATs as well, but you did everything that the school and I asked of you and for that I am eternally honoured and grateful. And to the children, who for whatever reason didn't make it back for the last four weeks you were talked about, never forgotten and very much missed by the whole class and in particular - me. As your summer holidays pass remember to stay safe and be prepared for high school, they as with St. Martin's will 
be different​. 
If any of you need help, advice etc. remember to use the Year 6 email address:
To the 'NEW' Year 6 see you in September,
That's all folks!
Mr. Mc x

Friday 23rd October 2020
There was only really one choice available this week; you guessed right - the whole class! See my comments in the other column for some of the reasons behind this decision:

Friday 16th October 2020
Another excellent assembly with Mr. Hallman this morning in the Year 6 classroom. The class has decided that Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond is to be their class song. We gave it an impromptu​ go and it was brilliant to hear the class singing along to Mr. Hallman's hastily arranged guitar parts. Oh, we also chose our two new Stars:


Friday 9th October 2020
We had a great assembly with Mr. Hallman this morning, we even got to sing Children of the Light! Two new Stars for you to read about:

Friday 3rd October 2020
Unfortunately Mr. Hallman wasn't able to have a Year 6 assembly due to prior engagements - Stars will return next week.

Friday 25th September 2020
None this week due to Dance-A-Thon fund raising event in the hall. Year 6 had a terrific time and a big thanks from them to Miss Rowe for being our dance leader.

Friday 18th September 2020
Here we are - our first 2 Stars of the new Year 6, chosen by the rest of the class to represent our class and school:

As from Friday September 18th - Stars will return and be awarded by Mr. Hallman in his Year 6 Assembly (which is held in class). Usually, on a Sunday morning, I will include the 2 Stars here for you to read about their awards and why the class picked them. I get one vote as do the rest of the class; so to win a Star award in Year 6 means they have been nominated by their peers.​