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North Wingfield Road, Grassmoor, Chesterfield, S42 5EP


Grassmoor Primary School

Nurture, Grow, Succeed

Opal (Y5)

Class Teacher: Mrs. L. Marshall

 Welcome to Opal Class !  

Home Learning

While we have been working from home, we have been completing lots of different pieces of work based upon mini-topics which we have been set. Take a look to see what we have been up to!


The Ocean

We spent two weeks learning about the different oceans on our amazing planet: locating them on maps, understanding the different layers of the ocean; and composing a piece of music based upon the sounds and movement of the waves. As part of our English work, we practised up-levelling sentences which we then applied to a setting description of an Under the Ocean scene. Below are some of our final pieces - can you picture the scenes we are trying to create?

We also did some work looking at the impact that waste plastic is having on our oceans. Using our understanding as inspiration, we designed and created sculptures using recyclable plastic with the aim of making people think twice about disposing safely of waste. 


The Moon

Our first project was The Moon where we completed lots of different activities to help us understand what makes the moon so interesting: we looked at the different phases of the moon; wrote a newspaper report about the first man who walked on the moon; used our understanding of shading techniques to create a landscape piece of artwork; AND designed our own rockets to take us to the moon - phew!

One of our final pieces of work was to create a personification poster based on the poem Silver by Walter de la Mare. Our task was to pick anything we wanted and write a poem as if this thing were a person. Have a look at our final pieces - what do you think?

Spring One

Our topic this term 

Frozen Kingdom

 Wow! What an exciting topic! We have managed to fit so much into this amazing theme and we are so proud that we were able to show of our final pieces during our very own exhibition! 

As part of our English work, we created some beautiful poetry using figurative language and alliteration based upon the North Lights. We worked particularly hard on using personification to really bring our work alive. 

We then used some of the sketching skills that we practised during the Autumn Terms to recreate the effect of this natural phenomena and we traced our poems over the top. 



Within our geography work, we looked particularly at the Arctic Circle and learnt all about its climate, it's wildlife and what makes it so special. We then worked in groups to apply our understanding of non-chronological reports to create beautiful pieces of non-fiction work. 

Have any questions about the Arctic? We can now answer them all! 

Autumn Two

Our topic this term

A Child's War

During the first few weeks of our exciting new topic, we have been learning all about evacuation during World War Two: what it was; why it was needed; and where different children were evacuated to and from. 


Within our history work, we used a range of different historical sources to help us understand the process of evacuation; what children were allowed to take with them; and we also considered how they might have felt. Within our geography work, we spent some time revising how to use atlases. We then used them find major cities from which children were evacuated from as they were affected during The Blitz. 

Autumn One

Our topic this term

Blood Heart

So far during our time in Year 5, we have been learning all about the heart and the circulatory system

At the beginning of our exciting topic, we learned what the human heart looks like; the main parts of the heart; and how it pumps blood around the whole human body

We then used what we had learnt to write accurate and informative Explanation Texts 

As well as learning how the heart works, we spent a long time finding out what the heart looks like. 

In our English work, we wrote shape poems and calligrams about the human heart. We thought carefully about our word choices to describe the heart (such as what it does, how it looks) and we then used thesauruses to make our ideas even better. Finally, we wrote out poems and presented them beautifully, using our understanding of how the heart looks. 

Within our art lessons, we practised our sketching and shading techniques using both pencils and colours. We then used all of these skills to create our final piece: a sketch of the heart. We picked whether we wanted to use colour or not and if we wanted to create a realistic or more abstract piece. 

What do you think to our final pieces?

Useful Information


Homework is handed out on Mondays and is due on a Friday. For more information, please see our Home Learning Page

PE and Swimming Kit 

Year 5 PE - please help your child to remember to bring in his/her PE kit.  This should include:

  • a pair of dark coloured shorts/jogging bottoms (for outdoor PE)
  • a plain white t-shirt
  • a pair of pumps or trainers
  • a spare jumper (for outdoor PE)

Year 5 will be going swimming most Wednesday afternoons.  Please ensure that your child brings: 

  • a one-piece swimming costume/swimming shorts (must come above the knee and be of a tight fit)
  • a towel
  • goggles (if consent has been given)
  • hair bobble - to tie back long hair (if needed)