Catherine Junior School

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Space Centre Trip

Last week we visited the space centre as part of our PBL project, ‘What is the Future of Life on Earth?’. We had great time exploring all the different exhibitions and learning new facts about our amazing planet and Solar system! We were lucky enough to take part in a live science talk, where we saw chemical reactions, rocket boosters and even explosions! Make sure you visit our exhibition next week find out what we learnt!


In PBL, we have been looking at space travel, we have designed rockets, space crafts and made moon bases! We had to think carefully about the design of our moon bases to make sure that they would be suitable for the environment on the moon and would be strong as we found out that they cost billions of pounds to build!  We had great fun making them!


This term, we are studying Shakespeare’s play Macbeth in English. Over the past few weeks, we have had lots of fun watching our teachers act out different parts of the play and started to look deeper at each character. We have written arguments between Macbeth and his wife and written persuasive letters to Macbeth, convincing him to fulfil his prophecy. We can’t wait to find out what happens next!

Times Table Rock Stars!

In year 5, we have been using Times Tables Rock Stars to practise our times tables. In order to find our year 5 champion, we held a times table battle in the hall. The quickest children from each class battled it out in front an audience to find our eventual winner who will battle it out with the other year group champions! We will be holding another battle in the spring term so keep practising at!

PBL Exhibition 

To round off all our hard work in PBL, Year 5 held an exhibition in the hall and in class rooms to showcase their visions for the future of crime and punishment! We had lots of different pieces of work on display including a news report, films, balanced arguments and PowerPoint presentations! We worked hard on our oracy skills, ensuring that we spoke confidently clearly and with expression to our audiences. Thank you to all the family and friends who came to enjoy our exhibition!


Crime and Punishment

In PBL we have been looking at crime and punishment through the ages and asking whether or not the punishment given to criminals should always fit the crime they have committed. We have been looking at modern day punishments recently and had a visit from the local police. We were able to ask them questions about crime and punishment in the local area, find out about their day to day responsibilities and even got to have a look at a police car!

Moon Display

Over the past few weeks, year 5 have visited the moon that is on display in the Belgrave neighbourhood centre. Whilst we were there, we took part in a workshop ran by The National Space centre. We learnt all about the different phases of the moon as well as some interesting facts about space travel! We also created our very own phases of the moon wheel to help us spot what phase the moon is in!

Religious Education


In R.E we have been looking at Hinduism, in order to help us understand a little more about the religion we visited a Mandir. We learnt all about many of the different Gods and Goddesses as well as more about the faith itself! On our way back from the temple, we handed out Diwali cards that we had made to people on Belgrave road!

No Pens Wednesday

Today we went a whole day without using our pens (or pencils)! In English we debated whether Jim Jarvis in our novel, Street Child, would be better off living on the streets or in the workhouse. We had group debates and came to a shared agreement.

In Maths we used a debate technique called PEEL (Point Explanation Example Link) to explain our ideas. We then used equipment to show examples of our explanations.

In PBL we acted out Tudor crime and punishments! Some of them were very cruel. Did you know if someone was caught gossiping, they would have to wear a metal cage on their head to stop them from talking!