Space Biology!

West Earlham Junior School has successfully applied to take part in an exciting ‘Space Biology’ experiment.


The RHS Campaign for School Gardening has partnered with the UK Space Agency to embark on an ‘out of this world’ educational project.

The project, Rocket Science, will give around half a million UK children the chance to learn how science in space contributes to our knowledge of life on earth, using the invaluable expertise of the European Space Agency (ESA) and RHS Science team.

Read all about the project at –

As part of British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s six-month space mission, two kilograms of rocket seeds were sent to the International Space Station. After several months on board, the seeds will be sent back and will land in the Pacific Ocean in the Spring of 2016. After they return to the UK, they will be packaged up with identical seeds that have stayed on Earth. West Earlham Junior School was one of the lucky schools chosen to receive some of these seeds. We will grow the seeds under certain scientific conditions and send the data back to the RHS and ESA via an online data base.

This is really exciting news and we can’t wait to get started! Watch the 5EB Blog for further updates.

The Norwich Peregrine Falcons

Year 5 have been learning about life cycles this term and have focussed on that of the peregrine falcon. We are lucky, in Norwich, to have a pair of breeding peregrines nesting on the cathedral spire. There is a live webcam link to the nest box on the spire and we have been eagerly watching the birds as they prepare for this year’s breeding season.


We were lucky enough to receive a visit form Martin Lippiatt from the Hawk and Owl Trust, last month. He told us all about the peregrines, showing us some amazing photographs of both the birds and how he and a group of volunteers climbed up inside the cathedral spire to clean the nest box and check the camera.

You can read all about the work of the Hawk and Owl Trust at –,  and also, hopefully,  watch the peregrines live via the webcam link –


Safer internet Day 2016

Today is ‘Safer Internet Day’.

We should always stay safe and act responsibly when using the internet, but today is when we spend some time revisiting the safety measures we have learned in school and from our parents and carers.

Try the ‘Safer Internet Day’ quiz.

Thinking about the quiz and Mr Cannon’s assembly, what have you learned today about how to be safer on the internet? Your challenge is to name three ways that you and your friends and family can stay safer on the internet.

Competition: Design an internet safety poster to display on our blog.

A good poster will have: information about how to stay safe, bold and bright colours, a catchy slogan and a colourful picture. 

Pages and activities for teachers

Advice for parents and carers.

Use Your Imagination!

This term we have been learning about our Solar System and have already written some fantastic poetry about The Moon, The Sun and space.


Use this picture to inspire another piece of writing. It could be another poem, but it might be a written description, letting the picture fuel your imagination! Share your creations by posting them here on the 5EB Blog.

January’s Writing Challenge – The Hidden Gate

This month our focus is descriptive writing.

Imagine that you have found the key to this gate. Why is it hidden? What is on the other side? Write about what you see, hear, feel and smell  as you  step through the gate for the first time. Use your imagination to create a wonderful description of what you find on the other side.

Make your reader believe that they have stepped through with you.