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Week 5

Friday 8th May


Happy Bank Holiday everyone! As a special treat, you can have a day off school (that one never gets old, unlike a certain teacher who we won't name- you know who I mean!) I hope by now that you've all done some work about VE Day and understand why we're recognising such a momentous, joyous occasion. I'm sure that you'll all do something, no matter how small, to mark the occasion- even if it's just having a couple of minutes of quiet reflection to honour those who died during the war in Europe in World War 2. I know lots of places are having "street parties" while maintaining the social distancing that we've all been doing to keep ourselves and others safe, so hopefully some of you will be able to take part in something similar. We'll only be doing something brief in the Duffy household as it's Theo's birthday today, so that takes priority, but we'll still make sure to do some little VE Day activities with him.


Over the weekend, we may get some news about when all of this might begin to wind down and we can start to think about coming back to school. I never thought I'd say this, but I can't wait to get back- and not just because Theo and Freddie are doing their best to drive me insane. Although it feels like much longer, school has actually only been closed for 5 school weeks and I know that many of you are starting to find things a bit tough and repetitive. If you need anything or there's anything I can do to help you, please get in touch and let me know. 


This week has been much quieter on the e-mail front so I'll give you all an extra few days to send some stuff through to me before I update the gallery. I've particularly enjoyed reading all of the writing that has come through and I'm very impressed with the quality of the work you are producing. Maybe I'll just leave it up to your parents to do all future writing work with you- I'm sure they'll absolutely love that, judging by some of the emails I've received!


Take care, stay safe. 


Mr. Duffy



Tuesday 5th May 2020


Hello lovely Year 5! I know that you all can't wait for Tuesday mornings each week to see what wonderful tasks I've set for you to argue with your parents about. Think about it though, you certainly wouldn't be arguing with me if I asked you to do your work at school, so be nice to your parents- and, gasp, even your siblings- and just do the work! OR ELSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Anyway, depending on how much attention you've been paying to the news, you may have heard the current crisis with Coronavirus referred to variously as a war or a battle or heard people comparing it to what people had to live through in World War 2. This week marks a very important anniversary in that particular conflict- VE Day, which was the end of fighting in Europe during WW2. Just as people in those times got through that crisis, we will get through this one and, hopefully some time soon, we will all be reunited and back in school so you can all drive me mental again!


Since I last updated you, I've mainly been doing DIY. I've finally managed to finish my kitchen (10 months after I started it, much to Hayley's chagrin). I did also find time to build a den in the conservatory with Theo though, which he promptly labelled a tiger cave and insisted that only tigers were allowed into- at least he didn't mark his territory in the way tigers do- and to go for our daily walks. Freddie is teething so he has now started crying pretty much every time anyone looks at him, which I'm sure you can imagine is lots of fun. Why can't babies just be born with teeth instead of going through all of this nonsense? 


Ok, that's it from me for now. This week though, I'd like to sign off with the lyrics to a famous song from World War 2 by Vera Lynn called "We'll Meet Again", which I think is pretty apt for our current situation. I've also uploaded a video of the song. 



We'll Meet Again by Vera Lynn

We'll meet again
Don't know where
Don't know when
But I know we'll meet again some sunny day
Keep smiling through
Just like you always do
'Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away

So will you please say hello
To the folks that I know
Tell them I won't be long
They'll be happy to know
That as you saw me go
I was singing this song


Take care, stay safe, have fun


Mr. Duffy