Summer Term

TESTING, testing

One of the key school activities in the summer term is the annual tests for all children, to assess their overall progress during this school year. Children in Reception class have their first summary assessment - The Early Years Foundation Stage profile summary. Children in Year 1 complete their statutory phonics screening. In Year 2 and Year 6 the end of key stage tests are statutory and are used to assess the overall achievement and progress of the school, as well as the individuals. In other year groups the tests provide the school with helpful information on the progress of individuals. See 'Assessment' for more details.
Year 5/6 residential

Each year, our Year 5/6 pupils enjoy a week long residential exploring new opportunities as well as supporting their curriculum work. Recent visits have been to Hooke Court and to Avon Tyrrel in the New Forest. The children have a busy schedule of outdoor and adventurous activities in addition to fieldwork activities such as river studies and nature investigations. In 2016 the residential is moving to the Spring Term.
Year 6 Leavers Service at Winchester Cathedral

A highlight at the end of school year for our Year 6 leavers is the special service held in Winchester Cathedral, an awe-inspiring location for them to share together in exploring the cathedral and enjoying the blessing of the Bishop.
Sports Day

The annual sports day is one of the highlights of the sporting calendar for the school. Each of our four houses compete in various events on one half day, before coming together for the sprints, relays and activity races with the parents and the children all cheering on their hopeful athletes. The points are added up for each race and are combined with the points from earlier sporting events and activities to give the overall winning team. This successful team are then presented with the Sports Trophy and enjoy their lap of honour round the sports field, cheered on by the large crowd of parents who join us for this event.

The events of the Last Supper are remembered for one special day each school year when we hold our Eucharist Service in the school hall. Members of the church and local community join us for this special service when we remember the Last Supper that Jesus shared with his disciples, asking them to take bread and wine to remember his death and resurrection.
Leavers Day

Our term ends with a focus on our leavers. There is a special service for them first, when they recall some of their memories of their time at St Martin's School with many interesting and often humorous anecdotes, as well as singing a couple of their favourite school songs. Lunch is often outside as a family picnic, with parents joining us, before we have our final presentations and thank yous.

Special presentations include the Music award for someone who has contributed effectively to the musical life of the school, the Progress award for someone who is achieving beyond what is expected and the Leadership by Example award for someone who has been a shining example in several aspects of leadership during the school year. It is an honour to receive these awards, which come with special trophies to be kept for the year.