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Deben Class / Year 5

Summer Term 2022

Welcome to Deben Class.

Please find out more information about our Year 5 class below.

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Deben Class Timetable

Miss Molly Miller - Class Teacher

Summer Term 1 - 2022
Exploring Fabrics

In art, we applied our experience of materials and processes to form fabric relief panels. After applying glue, quite heavily, to a piece of fabric, we placed it on a piece of black paper and explored the range of folds and forms that could be produced by pinching, pushing, sliding and scrunching the fabric on the paper. We then adapted and developed our work further by adding Brusho to the surface of the fabric.

Glorious Gravity

As part of our science topic on Forces, we planned and carried out an experiment on gravity. The question we were trying to answer was, 'Does the weight of an object affect how fast it falls?'. To test this question, we dropped a variety of objects, of different weights, from the same height to see which one reached the ground first. Although it appeared as if heavier objects reached the ground first, we had to consider the impact air resistance was having on these objects as they fell.

Fieldwork - Parking in Debenham

In Geography, we have been carrying out fieldwork looking at the parking in Debenham. As part of our fieldwork, we took a walk into Debenham to identify where we can currently park, how many spaces there are, the safety and accessibility of these parking locations. After our walk, we wrote questionnaires to share with parents/carers to obtain their thoughts about the parking in Debenham. We will use this data to come to a conclusion about what could be done to improve the parking in Debenham.

Rubbish Day

On Tuesday 3rd, we celebrated 'Rubbish Day'. This day was organised by Mrs Kindred to celebrate the opening of the litter picker borrowing shed. As part of 'Rubbish Day', the whole school took part in activities linked to litter. In Deben Class, we wrote letters to humans to from the perspective of animals whose lives are being impacted by litter and then we made collages of sea turtles using old magazines.


Experimenting with Textiles

In art, we have begun a new unit on 'Textiles'. We spent our first lesson exploring methods of construction and destruction using textiles. Methods of construction included plaiting, knotting, weaving and layering; whereas methods of destruction included hole punching, tearing, ripping and cutting.


Spring Term

Spring Term 2 - 2022
Easter Egg Hunt

In the last week of term, the Friends of the school organised an Easter Egg Hunt. We went outside excitedly to search high and low for our named lollipop sticks so that we could claim our Easter egg!


Marvellous Martian Making

During British Science Week, we took part in a STEM Challenge which involved designing a creature that would survive on Mars. We had to think carefully about the environment on Mars and what our creature would need in order for it to survive. We sketched out our creatures and then labelled their features, explaining how this would allow them to survive. A few days later, we used clay to model our Mars creature and once they'd dried we carefully painted them to finish them off!

Marvellous Martian Making

Stereotypical Scientists

As part of British Science Week, we were set the task of drawing what they think of when we hear the word 'scientist'. After 10 minutes of group collaboration, we had some very crazy-looking scientists! There were a lot of similarities between each group's scientist - mainly men, crazy hair, lab coat, running a mad science experiment. We talked about how these are quite stereotypical scientists and then explored some stories of scientists (and science careers) that smash these stereotypes!


What's 'growing' on in Year 5?

In Year 5, we have been learning about 'Living Things, and their Habitats' in Science. We've been exploring the life cycles of animals and the different ways plants reproduce. As part of this topic, we have been incubating quail eggs and planting sunflowers. We had to be very responsible when incubating our quail eggs, we carefully monitored the temperature of the incubator and had to make sure the water was topped up. After 16 days of waiting patiently, our quails finally hatched!

What's 'growing' on in Year 5?

Spring Term 1 - 2022
Greek Architecture Mono-Printing

As we are studying Greece in geography, we decided to link this to our art. After looking at typical Ancient Greek architecture, we explored a new printing technique - oil pastel mono-printing.

We coloured a piece of A4 paper in with oil pastel, placed this face down on a page in our sketchbook and then placed a black and white picture (of part of a Greek building) on top. Using a very sharp pencil, we traced over the image. Once we lifted the image and oil pastel paper off, this revealed an oil pastel mono-printed version of our Greek building in our sketchbooks.

To add depth to our images, we used a black watercolour to show where there would be shading in our image. The outcomes were amazing!

Greek Architecture Mono-Printing

Amazing Adventure Stories

In English, we've been writing adventure stories. We used the text 'Why the Whales Came' as our starting point for our stories and all began our adventure stories from point at which the characters, Daniel and Gracie, are stranded on Samson Island (the Island of Ghosts). The children were given the opportunity to take the story in any direction they wanted, the result of this showed me just how creative Deben class are! Every single story was different, showcasing the imagination of the children.

Once we'd edited our finished pieces, we then wrote them as mini storybooks and designed a fab front cover for them!

Exploring Europe with an Atlas

In geography, we are currently learning about Greece. After getting to grips with how to use an atlas in our first lesson, we then used this skill to identify where Greece is in the world. We discovered that Greece is in Europe, so we used a blank map of Europe to identify all the countries and capital cities in Europe and named the seas and oceans that surround it.



Messy Irreversible Changes

To finish our learning on 'Properties and Changes of Materials' in science, we investigated irreversible changes. We first observed Miss Miller mixing bicarbonate of soda and vinegar together to inflate a balloon. We realised that the reaction had produced carbon dioxide, which is what caused the balloon to inflate.

We then got hands on with a bit of a messy experiment by mixing together warm milk and vinegar. We initially weren't sure what would happen; some of us predicted that it would explode! When mixing warm milk and vinegar, the milk curdles and once strained, we are left with a plastic-type material called casein. We left the casein overnight and the next day it had hardened!


Tree Day!

On Friday 7th, we celebrated Tree Day! We had been fortunate enough to receive 30 saplings to plant on the school field in commemoration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

We began Tree Day by reading the book 'The Lorax', we discussed the important message in the book and how we should take care of our environment. We then went onto the field to observe the trees so that we could write descriptive tree poetry. After break, we produced some watercolour art based on the Truffula trees (from The Lorax). 

Tree Day

Autumn Term

Autumn Term 2 - 2021
Reindeer Visitors!

We were lucky enough to meet two furry visitors in the last week of the Autumn term. Two reindeers visited the school and we were able to find out more about them, whilst also being able to feed and stroke them!

Reindeer Visitors!

Fantastic Phone Cases

In the last week of the Autumn term, Deben Class spent a whole day dedicated to DT. We designed, made and evaluated felt phone cases. It was a very busy day and quite hard work making sure our stitching was strong and that our designs were beautiful, but we produced some amazing finished products!

Fantastic Phone Cases

Experience Advent

To mark the beginning of Advent, Deben Class were lucky enough to take a trip down to the Church to find out more about Advent. We had a fantastic time taking part in the Advent Experience and learnt a lot about Advent.

Super Sheep Sewing

This year, the Church's decoration theme is 'Sheep!'. After lots of um-ing and ah-ing about what we could make, we decided on felt sheep. We chose bright rainbow colours for our sheep (in keeping with our Rainbow Pledges) and developed our sewing skills well. Here are some of our finished herd!

Sewing Super Sheep

Extending Patterns in Paint

In art, we've been exploring extending patterns. We stuck in a piece of fabric into our sketchbook, then extended the fabric by sketching the pattern and matching the colours.


Scientifically Separating Mixtures

In science, we have been investigating the different methods of separating different mixtures of materials. We were given a few different mixtures (salt and water, sand and water, rice and paperclips, flour and raisins) and we tried to separate them using the methods of filtration, evaporation, magnetic attraction and sieving. 

Although we made a bit of a mess with the flour and rice, we successfully separated all the mixtures and understood why only specific methods would work separating certain mixtures.

Separating Mixtures Experiment

Inspired by Ofili

In our first art lesson of our new unit of painting, we were introduced to the artist Chris Ofili. We discussed our thoughts about his bright and bold pieces (and interesting use of elephant dung!) before creating our own piece in his style.


Autumn Term 1 - 2021
Rainbow Pledge Day!

Our Rainbow Pledges are an incredibly important part of our school life and helping us grow as learners and friends. As a school, we had a fantastic day celebrating the first four Rainbow Pledges.

Before breaktime, we had faith in ourselves and others by completing a 'What can I do in 1 minute?' tasks. We estimated how many times we thought we would be able to complete a task in 1 minute (for example, star jumps, writing our name, saying the 5 times tables) and then we had faith in ourselves that we could complete our estimate or do even better! After break, we showed respect to all members of our community by discussing this pledge and then we produced bright and informative posters about how we can show respect to everyone in our community.

After lunch, we strived to be our best by writing a goal for our future selves and by writing a piece of advice that we wish our past self knew. To end the day, we looked after the environment by producing collaged pictures of something relating to the environment, using newspaper and tissue paper. 

Take a look at some of the fabulous pictures from our fantastic day!

Rainbow Pledge Day

Sketching Natural Form

In art, we have been looking at natural form. We were shown some lily pods, rose buds, sunflower heads and some rather spiky teasels. Using only a pencil and rubber, we sketched out one or more of the natural forms in our book.

In the following lesson, we worked on our skill of enlarging. From our small sketch in our books, we enlarged this to fit the size of an A3 piece of paper. We then explored the use of shading and colour in our sketches.



Wading Birds of the River Deben

As each class at Sir Robert Hitcham is named after a local river, Deben class investigated their namesake. We learnt about where the river Deben starts and finishes, which places it runs through and what wildlife we'd find in it, specifically which birds we'd see.

After finding out about the different types of wading birds, we sketched one of these birds, taking great care and adding lots of detail to it. We then created a wavy water background in watercolours. Here are some of the finished pictures!

Lunchbox Lining - Investigating Thermal Insulators

Our science topic this term is "Properties and Changes of Materials". This week, we undertook an investigation into which material would be best for the lining of a lunchbox. It needed to be a thermal insulator to make sure the content of the lunchbox would stay cold for longer. 

In groups, we carried out a comparative experiment where we wrapped pots in different materials (tinfoil, bubblewrap and paper towel!) and placed an ice cube inside. We measured the temperature of the pot every 5 minutes and observed the state of the ice cube as time went on. Once we'd completed our experiment, we decided on which material would make the best lining for the lunchbox and why.

Thermal Insulator Experiment

Inspired by Hundertwasser

In our first art lesson of the term, we were introduced to the artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. We discussed our thoughts about his bright and bold pieces, before then recreating a section of one of his pieces.