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Week 1

Friday 27th March 2020

 

Hi everyone. I hope you've all been taking full advantage of the beautiful weather that we've been having this week and have spent plenty of time outdoors. Although this isn't the best time around the world, we can at least take this opportunity to do some of the things that you wouldn't have been able to do if you were stuck in a classroom with me. Theo, Freddie, Hayley and I have certainly been making the most of the sunshine and spent our fair share of time outdoors (when I'm not reading your emails, resetting passwords, checking that you've all been doing your work online or preparing your work for next week - but that's ok, because it's my not just my job; it's one small way I get to keep in touch with all of you).

 

I've loved receiving your emails showing me all of the fantastic things that you've been up to and the brilliant work that you've completed. I've created a gallery further down the page showing some of the pictures of your work that I've been sent and, I must admit, I've been blown away by some of the submission so far. If you haven't had the chance to send me anything yet, take that as your challenge over the next few days before I update the galleries again on Monday night. I've also added a gallery so that you can see some of the things that I've been up to with my family - although I haven't added any photos of me convincing Theo that it's bedtime or the 4000 times I've told him his shoes were on the wrong feet. 

 

I've added a contact form at the bottom of this page that will allow you to send a message directly to my email address if you need anything. Please make sure that you include a parent's email address in the box or I won't be able to reply. You can't use this to submit work to me (you need to send it via email to year5@collinghamschool.org), but it's there if you just need to send a quick message. 

 

Ok, that's it from me for now. Please, keep yourselves and your families (that includes your "annoying" siblings) safe , keep learning, have fun and remember to keep sending pics of the awesome things you are doing and learning. 

 

Mr. Duffy

 

Monday 23rd March 2020

Hi Year 5! Welcome to our 'new normal' for the next few weeks. I'm so sorry that I couldn't be with you on Friday to say goodbye, but we will all see each other again soon. I hope you've all taken the opportunity to enjoy the sunshine over the past few days and spent some quality time with your families. It's totally understandable to be confused or have questions about what is going on in the world right now and I want you all to know that we're still here for you, whenever you need us. If you have any questions for us, please feel free to send us an email on the Year 5 email address and we'll try our best to get back to you as soon as possible. In the meantime, try to remember that, while school isn't happening as normal, we all still have a lot of work to do to make sure that you're ready for the big step up into Year 6 and starting to get high 'school ready. ' I'll update this blog twice per week on Tuesdays and Fridays and will add work in the section below. Again, if there is anything about the work you;d like to ask, just send an email to the address that was sent to your parents. 

 

Over the next few weeks, I need you all to make sure that you do the following:

1) Keep yourselves safe. Don't expose yourself to any unnecessary risk, either in the real world or online. Exercise! Get some fresh air! Relax in the garden and just spend some time switching off from the real world. 

2) Have fun! Although this may seem like a scary time, it's also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Embrace it as such and take the opportunity to do new things, find new hobbies and learn in a new way. Please don't waste this time stuck in front of an electronic device. 

3) Keep learning! We may not be in school, but we do need to keep learning. Imagine a footballer or a gymnast who doesn't practise and then heads into a World Cup or Olympics. They wouldn't do very well, would they? Well, it's exactly the same for you if you don't practise all of those skills you've spent the past six years perfecting. 

4) Keep in touch. Use the email address to send me photos and comments about all of the wonderful things you're doing. 

 

 

Take care, keep safe and I'll see you all soon. 

 

Mr. Duffy

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