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(famous five) Friday

Posted by willkay on June 13, 2010


I cannot find the exact number of books Enid Blyton wrote. Having searched the internet for several minutes, the closest number I can come to is 800. So, let’s go with that. Enid Blyton wrote 800 books. Of course, many of you, dear readers, will never have read an Enid Bllyton book, nor will you have even heard her name before. However, if you were British, born in the 40s/50s/60s/70s, Enid Blyton would have been the author of the majority of the books on your bookshelf. Your parents would have read you the stories of Noddy. Then moved on to The Folk of The Far Away Tree. Once you could read on your own, you’d have read about The Famous Five and The Secret Seven. Looking through the list of books that Enid Blyton wrote, I probably read over 100 of her stories. Would I recommend them? No. By the time my children were born, I found them very dated. It’s like comparing The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe to Harry Potter. So, why do I mention her at all? Because she was the author The Famous Five. Stories about a group of five (four children and a dog), who had some wonderful adventures, and then went home for tea and cakes at the end of the day.

Today, the sixth grade consisted of five students.

The first thing we did was watch the football match. A very exciting 35 minutes, by which time I was convinced that Mexico should have been 3-0 up, was followed by a nervous 10 minutes, as South Africa got back into the game. Half time. And the rest of the school arrived. It was then that the problems started. The internet connection that we were using went down. This meant that we actually didn’t see the South African goal (which means in our version, Mexico won 1-0). A quick dash round school, found homes for all of us to watch the rest of the game.

After he game, it was back to the classroom, to wait for the Social Studies Bee. The exciting question – would Miss Lilian visit? If she did, it would mean a much better chance of getting to the final. However, in order to not leave those of you reading in suspense…she never came. Social Studies Bee on Monday! Whilst waiting, we watched Fantastic Mr. Fox. Once the Fab Five had got used to the animation (“Did you make this yourself Mr. Kay?”), and settled into the story, it was very enjoyable – and a bit worrying for Larizza, who didn’t want Kristofferson to get hurt (SPOILER: he doesn’t!).

Before recess we looked at Flashmobs, and attempted some weird dance steps, or was it marching?

After recess was music, followed by a game of Apples to Apples. It was great fun, and I think that I was brilliant at the game! However, I feel that there was a certain undercurrent of unfairness, and my brilliance was not recognised properly. How Ana Andrea kept winning was beyond me!

A very enjoyable day – except for the football result. A win would have been good. However, the draw in the other match still leaves Mexico in a good position.

One Response to “(famous five) Friday”

  1. cobian said

    Mr. Kay, are we watching the Mexico-France match in school??

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