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Friday 29th May

Happy Friday Year 5! 

Friday is that wonderful day of the week where we get to celebrate ourselves and everyone around us! After some of the conversations I've had this week with your parents, it sounds like they definitely deserve your Head Teacher's award and a big well done from you for all they've been doing to keep you busy, entertained and safe during this time. That is who my award goes to this week! Maybe you could do something nice to thank them? 

Have you got any achievements you’d like to celebrate this week? How many can you list? They could be big achievements, or even small things like making your bed this morning or eating all your fruit and vegetables for the day.


Do you have any nice plans for the weekend? Are you going to do something to enjoy the nice weather, like a nice walk, or just playing in the garden? Whatever it is you do, I hope you have a lovely weekend, and are ready to start the new half term on Monday feeling refreshed and ready!


Miss Gorstige

Thursday 28th May

Good morning Year 5! How are you today?

Yesterday, my message was all about films. Today, I want to talk about reading some more! I know I’ve mentioned it a few times, but I love reading, and I’ve been enjoying having a bit more time to read for enjoyment!


I know a lot of you are big Harry Potter fans. It was one of my favourite series growing up as well! Did you know that the author, J. K. Rowling, wrote a children’s book too? I didn’t until Miss Paul told me yesterday! She wrote it a while ago, but never published it. Now, she is releasing it on the internet a chapter at a time. I thought I’d share the link with you all as I know a lot of you like her books. The first chapter was posted yesterday, and there will be a new one every week day on the website ( for you to read. Maybe you could use your DEAR time to read the chapter each day? I’m very excited to read it! Are you?


JK Rowling is also running a competition for the illustration of the story, as she plans to print the story in November. Perhaps once you’ve read a chapter, you could spend some time drawing an illustration to go with it. The most creative illustrations will be included when the book is printed! I bet some of you will come up with some excellent ideas!

Miss Gorstige

Wednesday 27th May

Good morning Year 5! How are you this morning?


Did you get the answers to the Disney Quiz? Here they are:

1. Frozen (of course it had to be first!)

2. Aladdin

3. Alice in Wonderland

4. Aristocats

5. Little Mermaid

6. Lion King

7. Beauty and the Beast

8. Snow White

9. Jungle Book

10. Dumbo


Some of these Disney films are very old (older than me even!) Have you seen all of them yet? One of my favourite evening activities recently has been watching old Disney films. I've watched nearly all the ones on this list in the last month. After a day of being active and enjoying the weather, it's always really nice to sit down and watch one of my favourite films and relax! Do you have a favourite film that helps you relax? If you do, why not watch it this evening?


Miss Gorstige

Tuesday 26th May


Good morning Year 5! Happy Half Term! Mrs Malone and myself both wanted to wish you a lovely week this week of resting and relaxing! I hope you are not up as early as me today as I am in school this week with the key worker children. 


Did you do anything nice over the bank holiday weekend? Did you get out and enjoy the nice weather we had Sunday and Monday? I spent some time video calling my family, so I got to see my lovely nephews! I can't believe how much they've grown since I was with them last! That made me think of you all - I bet you've grown loads since I last saw you! You'll probably be towering over me the next time I see you! Why not measure yourself today and find out if you're taller?


I also spent a lot of time watching Disney films this weekend (and actually, every weekend recently....) which inspired me to give you a quiz this morning! In the picture there are 10 Disney films shown through emojis. Can you guess all of the films?


Friday 22nd May

Happy Friday Year 5! I hope you’ve been having a great week! Have you been enjoying being active in the lovely weather? Did you complete the Virtual Games challenges for this week yet? Remember you have until lunch time to submit your scores!


As usual, Friday is our day where we appreciate others! Today, my virtual head teacher’s award goes to you, my lovely year 5 class, because you are all amazing! Even though it’s been a while since we’ve seen each other in person, I am really proud of you, and thought I’d dedicate this Friday’s celebration to you, and all the things I love (and really miss) about you, Year 5!

  1. Chatting about football with you, despite many of you being sadly misguided Chelsea fans…..
  2. Our topic lessons! I love how much you all know about WW2, and that you seem to love history as much as me!
  3. How hard you all try with our maths work, and how you all love to challenge yourself in this area. Maths lessons with you are some of my favourite lessons to teach!
  4. There is never a boring, dull moment in our classroom as you have so much energy and enthusiasm which is contagious! laugh
  5. You are a welcoming and accepting class! You include everyone, and welcome any new members of the class no matter what. This is something lots of adults have noticed about you!
  6. How much you love learning French numbers with dancing worms on Youtube. It really makes me smile!


Give yourself a pat on the back for how brilliant you are! Now, go have a fantastic Friday! Remember Monday is a bank holiday, so I will post again on Tuesday. Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Gorstige smiley

Thursday 21st May

Good morning Year 5!

Hope you are well! Can you believe it’s Thursday already? Have you been keeping up with this week’s Virtual Games challenges? Remember, you have until tomorrow lunchtime to submit your scores if you haven’t done!

The weather this week has been so lovely! At the weekend I spent a couple of afternoons planting new flowers in my garden. It looks much more colourful, so it’s been lovely to sit out there in the evenings this week and read a book! Have you been reading much recently? It’s one of my favourite hobbies!

A while ago, our school signed up for the Rising Stars Reading planet. I set you all some books that also come with a quiz at the end so I can see that you’ve read them. So far, only a few of you (you should know who you are, you both get a big round of applause gold star from me!) have read and completed the books and quizzes. I can see a few of you have logged in, but not completed the quizzes. Make sure you do so that I can see you need new books setting!. If you haven't had a look yet please go to and enter the login details that were sent out via Parent Coms at the beginning of April so you can make sure you keep reading! It’s a good way to mix things up and add something new to your home learning!

Have a lovely day!

Miss Gorstige smiley

Wednesday 20th May

Good morning year 5!

How are you this morning? I hope you enjoyed hearing what Mrs Malone was up to in her message yesterday! I read something yesterday that really stuck with me, and got me thinking – our perspective is a choice. You can choose to focus on the negative side of all the changes to our lives recently, or you can chose to look at it in a positive light. This doesn’t mean that we pretend it’s not been hard, or we’ve not been sad about it, because we have felt like that at times. I certainly have, and it’s completely okay that you have too! But, rather than focusing on the bad things, why not try to find some silver linings? This got me thinking about the positive things that have come out of lock down for me personally. I took some things I could be sad and feel bad about, and thought of the silver lining. It was really good to reflect on things and focus on the positives, it left me feeling a lot better about everything. Here are some of my positives:

  1. Restaurants being shut meant I couldn’t have dinner at my favourite restaurants. Instead, I learnt lots of new recipes, and how to cook a wider range of meals at home I’d normally only have at a restaurant.
  2. Not being allowed to drive to natural beauty spots to exercise for a while meant I discovered some amazing walks and beautiful places that were right on my doorstep instead!
  3. Not being able to visit my friends and family, or do things with them meant I had a lot more time at home. This meant that we did a lot of home improvement projects! The garage has never been clearer, and the garden has never looked better!

My challenge to you today is to find your own silver linings! Choose to find your positives today, choose to look on the bright side, and you’ll feel much better for it!

Miss Gorstige

Tuesday 19th May 

Did you get the answers yesterday?

1. A sponge

2. A towel

3. It wasn't raining

4. Stop imagining the room!

Now, I'm sure you are all sick to death of hearing from me every single day, so I found someone else who misses you all and wanted to do today's message for a change! smiley


Hey lovey Year 5!! How are you all? I really hope you and your families are keeping well. How blessed are we to have this glorious weather? So so lucky!


What have you all been up to?  Miss Gorstige has been setting some really interesting, challenging and creative activities - some of which I have magpie'd for my own children!


As most of you know I have 3 boys! We've decided that one of them has turned into a Sloth! An adorable one obviously. Now do any of you know what that is? Maybe you could do a little research into what it is and why we may compare it to one of the children. It's all done in good fun I promise you.


Days are hectic in our house! But I always start the day by exercising. I may do a HIT class, lift some weights, follow Joe Wicks, attack the punch bag, go for a long dog walk (heavenly first thing in the morning, the bird chorus is so uplifting with so many unique songs). Sometimes I really don't have the energy but by the time I'm half way through I'm feeling more confident, happy and positive and ready to take on the home schooling day!


We've been doing A LOT in the garden! My youngest has thoroughly enjoyed weeding, sowing, planting, watering and of course playing a HUGE amount of football and so much fun has been had on the trampoline. Some of you know we are Nottingham Forest fans so he's permanently in his forest kit and goalie gloves. We've also been in the kitchen baking some delights! A huge variety of cakes, cookies and some rather …….interesting creations. Homemade pasta, pizza bases and of course bread. One of my favourites is Soda bread. I find kneading the dough very therapeutic...…. well that's when I'm allowed to have a go! Now to teach my children how to tidy up after themselves!


We had a little wobble a few weeks ago and that's ok I promise you (even us adults), the enormity of what the whole world is going through and how it has affected and changed everyones' lives in so many ways. So we sat down and  talked about how we all felt and what had or hadn't triggered these feelings and thoughts. Once we had talked about our worries we then looked around the room and we took it in turns saying 5 things we could see, 4 things we could touch, 3 things we could hear, 2 things we could smell and 1 thing we could taste. We then went outside and played catch. This helped the brain to start thinking about something else and exercise and movement helps to release happy feelings.


This week we're going to practise our times table on the trampoline and by playing tennis. We did a nature walk with Bella, our very crazy puppy, last week and used our senses to help with a descriptive writing activity that was set. So think we will do that again.  My youngest enjoys using rainbow pens to practice his spellings then I cut them up and he has to arrange the word correctly. He's doing well. Remember the Oreo moon activity we did …..think I might do that too. Lots of other things up my sleeve. I'm shattered by the end of the day!


Year 5 I miss you all and pray you are keeping safe, well and happy and can't wait to see you all. So proud of each and everyone of you in this surreal and uncertain time.


Keep rocking it out and smiling!!

Mrs Malone smiley

Monday 18th May

Good morning Year 5!

How are you? Did you have a lovely weekend? I hope you did something nice and got to enjoy the nice weather! Like last weekend, I did a lot of work in my garden! I spend some time painting the shed. I picked a nice bright blue to add more colour! I also did some more baking, and even got time to do some colouring, I’ve found it really helps me to relax in the evenings! Maybe if you haven’t already, you could try doing some mindfulness colouring when you want to relax?


As it’s Monday, and my brain is half asleep still (I’m sure you’re feeling a bit sleepy still too!) let’s try and wake up some brain teasers! I spent a lot of time watering my garden this weekend, so let’s make them water themed!

  1. What is full of holes, but still holds water?
  2. What becomes wetter the more it dries?
  3. If a man and his dog weren’t under an umbrella, why didn’t they get wet?
  4. Imagine you are in a room with no doors or windows that is filling with water. How do you get out?


I’ll post the answers tomorrow! Have a lovely day!

Miss Gorstige

Friday 15th May

Happy Friday Year 5!

I hope you’ve had a good week and are ready to look back on all your achievements this week! Before we do that, if you haven't already you should check out Times Tables Rockstars! Miss Paul and Mrs Rusling have set up some times table battles that are open until this afternoon! I know a couple of you have logged on already, it would be lovely to get some more of you battling before it's over!


Now, before we relax and get into weekend mode, let's spend some time celebrating our achievements, and appreciating those around us! Firstly, think of your list of things you achieved this week. Here's 3 from mine: 

  1. I ran the longest distance I’ve run all year this week (10km!)
  2. I hit my step goal every day
  3. I made all the daily timetables for you for next week!


Now think about those around you, who would your Head Teacher’s award this week go to? This week, I am awarding my virtual award to anyone who has struggled with their motivation recently, anyone who has found it hard to get going or get started with their work, but managed to do something this week! No matter how small, you did something, and you got started, which is the hardest part!

Now we’ve celebrated, we have one more day of working and learning to do, and then we can relax! Can you guess what I’ll be doing tonight? Pizza Friday!  What will you be doing? Whatever it is, I hope you have a lovely weekend! smiley

Miss Gorstige

Thursday 14th May

Good morning Year 5! How did you get on with our number riddles and challenges yesterday? Here are the answers:

  1. Seven
  2. Four and five together are 9
  3. One Two Three won because Un Deux Trois cat sank!
  4. Spot 87…..the numbers were upside down!


Have you done the challenges for the West Sussex Virtual Games this week? I thought this week would be one a lot of you enjoy as it is football themed, and I know we have a lot of footballers in our class! There is still time to enter this week, just visit our PE and Sport page to find the challenges. You could do them all today, and as long as you submit your score by tomorrow lunch time, your scores will be counted! Well done to those of you who have already entered, and it would be lovely if as many of you as possible could get involved! These challenges are a great way to keep active if you want something a bit different to the online PE videos or just walking/running.


Miss Gorstige

Wednesday 13th May 

Good morning year 5!

Do you know what’s special about today? It is National Numeracy Day! Maths is one of my absolute favourite subjects, and one of the subjects I love to teach! I know as a class we love maths, and it is a lot of your favourite subjects too, so I thought to celebrate National Numeracy Day we could have some number themed riddles and problems for you to attempt!

  1. I am an odd number. Take away a letter and I become even. What number am I?
  2. If two’s company, and three’s a crowd, what are four and five?
  3. Two cats are having a swimming race. One cat is called “One Two Three” and the other is called “Un Deux Trois”  Who won?


I will post the answers tomorrow! Enjoy figuring them out, and enjoy some maths today!

Miss Gorstige

Tuesday 12th May

Good morning Year 5! How are you all doing today?


I usually try to keep these messages bright and cheery to hopefully start your day off positively! Sometimes though, I don’t really feel as cheery as they sound! It’s a really strange and unsettling time we’re in at the moment, and it can make it really hard to know what to do, or to want to do work! I’m sure many of you feel the same way, that some days it may feel a bit pointless to do any work. I want to let you know that it’s okay to feel that way, I feel like it too at the moment, you really aren’t alone!

Some days can feel easy, and we have the motivation to do a lot of work. On other days, all of us (even teachers!) struggle to even start the simplest little task! I always find though, the hardest part is the beginning! I never want to mark books.  The first one takes me aaages to open up, check and mark. Once I start, I have everything there I need, and the next one is a bit easier. Motivating myself to go on a run sometimes is a challenge, but if I just put on my trainers and get myself out the door, it seems easier. If you’re finding it hard at the moment to do any work, just try starting something small. Pick one times table to practice for a few minutes, write one sentence for a story, or read just one page of your book. Maybe tomorrow you could read two? If you’re having a day with no motivation, just starting something is huge! Even if you don’t then do anything more, you’ve done your best and you’ve achieved something.


Even from far away, I am really proud of each and every one of you right now! We’re in a strange and challenging situation, and so even if all you manage today is reading one page of your book, that’s something to be proud of! Do as much as you feel you can, do your best and that is good enough!

Miss Gorstige

Monday 11th May 

Good morning year 5!

Did you enjoy the bank holiday weekend? Did you spend any time thinking about VE Day, or doing anything to commemorate? As I went on my daily exercise each day I saw a lot of VE Day themed bunting and decorations. Despite the fact we were still distanced, there was a lovely atmosphere on Friday!


I also spent a lot of time this weekend weeding my garden and tidying it up after all the rain and wind we’ve had recently. I also cleared out and tidied my garage. It was a lot of hard work, but very rewarding at the end. Like most things in life, a bit hard work can bring a big reward! smiley Maybe this week you could set yourself a job! It could be to tidy your room, or to clean out your toys! If you do, I bet it will feel great when you're done!


Miss Gorstige