Catherine Junior School

Together, we can do it!


This week we were visited by George, an e-safety from TARGET, an organisation that works in supporting children and young people with e-safety. We learnt about the laws around social media websites and gaming and discussed the risks as well as how to be safe on the internet. We had the opportunity to share our ideas on how we could be safe and how we can seek help if we are worried about anything.

Our Plastic Sea Turtle

Adele, an artist we invited, helped us make this fantastic sea turtle to display during our exhibition for Why Should We Recycle?

In the Spring term. We gathered recyclable materials – mainly plastic- and asked superstores such as Asda and Sainsbury’s for the plastic they were getting rid of ready for Adele to support us in our final piece. Each class then spent some time on putting the plastic sea turtle together. This sea turtle represents the vast amount of plastic that is currently in our oceans. Creatures such as the sea turtle are sadly effected by it and hundreds of sea turtles die mistaking plastic bags for food. Look out for this amazing display in our great hall and let it inspire you to make the change!


A big thank you to the folks at Bikeability for joining us in the spring term! The instructors were trained specialists who came into school and helped us become better, safer cyclists! We had an enjoyable time and felt proud to achieve our certificates and badges.

Year 5’s exhibition – Why should we recycle?

A big thank you to all the parents, teachers and students that joined us for our PBL exhibition this term! The children portrayed a great sense of understanding and knowledge for why recycling is important and how we can all play a part to take care of our planet. The children were brilliant with explaining their learning, raising awareness of the state of our world and interacting with everyone who attended. Let’s all play a part to make sure we are reducing our use of plastic and all other materials, re-using things and being conscious of our waste and recycling! Well done to all the children for their hard work and enthusiasm. 

So…Why Should We Recycle?

World Book Day 2018

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” ― William Styron, Conversations with William Styron.

Project Based Learning

On Monday 15th January, Year 5 made their way to Birmingham to visit the National Sealife Centre. This was a launch to our new PBL topic for the spring term – ‘Why Should We Recycle?’ At the Sealife Centre, the children met all the wonderful creatures and learnt a whole deal about them. This included learning about their habitat, their position in food chains, whether they were endangered and how, and how they are protected. We met Molokai (the 40 year old sea turtle), Beverley (the giant Pacific octopus), a family of friendly Gentoo Penguins and a celebrity shark amongst other creatures! It was great to see how the Sealife Centre helps protects endangered marine animals in the wild and you can view this here:

We are so grateful for the opportunity and hope that we, at Catherine Junior School, can learn about the threats and dangers faced by these animals, share what we learn and take action to help protect our planet and the creatures we share it with!

Year 5 Exhibition

Our PBL project this term has been surrounding a point of debate for centuries- Richard III: Hero or Villain? During this project, we looked at what a hero and a villain is and the qualities of the two. We discussed and debated these ideas and addressed the fact that a story always has multiple viewpoints and that history is often shaped by our opinions. We looked at biased information and sources as well as asking critical questions about the life of the controversial king. For our exhibition, we put Richard III on trial and presented both the heroic and villainous perceptions of the king. The jury (the parents) then helped us decide on whether Richard III was a hero or a villain. Our verdict? Not guilty! We, the parents and children at CJS, believe Richard III was a hero! 

Spring Term- This term we will be studying the play ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare. Prophecies, promises, lies and betrayal: who will be King? Find out in English lessons this term!

Roald Dahl Day 2017

Wow! What an amazing day! We had some amazing costumes in Year 5 and we were very impressed by the Book Reviews that children brought in for homework. Today we read the beginning of George’s Marvellous Medicine and started to make our own Perilous Potion…


At the moment Year 5 are revising Place Value. We have also been looking at how you represent a problem using the Bar Model.


Our first Science topic was Space and the Year 5 teachers have been amazed by the effort that has gone into the homework about the Solar System!

We have also been learning about the different phases of the moon using Oreo biscuits. Can you name the phase of the moon you can see tonight?

Our next Science topic is Forces. We have been researching who discovered Gravity as well as other forces such as Friction, Air Resistance and Water Resistance.