Welcome to Year 4

Children in Need 2018

Wow! Pudsey came to visit us. We wore our spots and bright clothes and gave him all the coins we had collected.

We loved the cakes at break too!

Rivers of the World

On Thursday 15th November Mrs Osborn and Mrs Stanley attended the opening of the exhibition of artwork by local schools funded by Rivers of the World at The Hive Worcester. The artwork was amazing – especially ours! (The artwork by the other schools was fantastic too)  Well done Year 4. The Exhibition is on for the next 2 weeks. Mrs Osborn was presented with  a certificate for the school for taking part in the project.

 

Ombersley Remembers WW1 – Church Service

On Thursday 15th November we took part in our final event for the Ombersley Remembers Project. We were joined by Hindlip, Tibberton and Sytchampton schools, the Ombersley Handbell Ringers and members of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Association.

The service was held at St Andrews church, Ombersley. KS2 Ombersley opened the event by singing ‘We will remember them’ Then Year 4 read selections from the school log book from 1914-1918, bringing alive the children and headmaster form Ombersley school during that time. Hindlip and Tibberton school read a moving Peace Poem. Sytchampton told us the history of the poppy and recited Flanders Field. All the schools and the congregation joined in ‘I vow to thee my country’  The hand bell group played a selection of tunes including ‘Its a long way to Tipperary’ and ‘Rule Britannia’ . We were then given an overview of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters regiment during WW1. At 11 am we stood and listened to the bugle being played from the church balcony and had a minutes silence to remember those who died for us.

After the church service the schools visited the exhibition in the church, the war graves of the soldiers from WW1  and the WW1 Touring bell tent, with 2 historians from  Discover History, which was in the church grounds.

If you want to find out more about the project the website is www.ombersley-remembers.co.uk

This was a wonderful way to finish off the project. The children from Ombersley have worked hard during this project and we have been really proud of them. Well done all of you!

Learning about the canals

Volunteers from the Canal Rivers trust  -Roger and  David came to tell us more about the history and importance of canals. We found out why canals where so important to the history of Britain and its industrial heritage. We played out a story of a farmer selling his pots, transporting them by horse and cart, building a canal with the help of James Brindley to improve the transport links and then the decline of the canals because of the railways.

We also had a visit from  Alice Fallon, Education Officer from the Severn River Trust who told us abut the life cycle of the shad, which used to thrive in the River Severn but has struggled to breed because of the weirs built at Holt, Lincomb and Diglis and thought to have died out in 1844. However a number are returning to the river and the Trust has plans to build special pathways which will help the shad to find its way back up stream to breed at Welshpool and hopefully return to the river in larger numbers.

Roger and  David took a water safety assembly for the whole school, reminding us of the dangers of being near rivers and canals. We learnt to STAY AWAY FROM THE EDGE and to think carefully of what we are doing when we are near water. Everyone enjoyed the assembly -thank you to the Canal River Trust

Hartlebury Museum

As part of our WW1 topic we visited Hartlebury Museum to find out about the soldiers during WW1. We walked around Hartlebury Castle, we had a minutes silence in the chapel which had remembrance poppies and some ‘there but not there’ soldiers. We liked dressing up as the nurses and convalescing soldiers and played games in the ‘Voluntary Aid Detachment’ exhibition. museum. We also pretended we were school children during WW1.

After lunch we found out about the history of Hartlebury Castle as a a VAD and all about the life of a soldier during WW1. We sketched some of the artefacts we had looked at. We really enjoyed the day.

Trip to the River Severn at Worcester

KS2 went to Worcester to see the River Severn and the Worcester/Birmingham canal. We were met by volunteers from the Canal and River trust who reminded us of water safety before we walked by the river. Year 3 went on the river boat while we walked along the side of the river to the Diglis Basin. We had been learning about floods and noticed the walls and high steps up to the houses to keep the river out

When we got to Diglis we crossed the canal and found out about the history of the canal and its links to the river. A narrow boat was travelling to the river and let us open the lock for them – luckily Roger and Gill had a windlass and showed us how to do it – it wasn’t as easy as we thought! On the way back to the boat we saw the flood levels that have been recorded -the last one was 2014.

On the riverboat – The Earl, Jake, the skipper took us down the river under the 3 bridges. We saw the cathedral, the Hive and the racecourse as well as lots of wildlife especially swans.Then we went up to see the River Lock, where we had walked earlier. After the boat we had a picnic lunch by the side of the river and then sketched the bridge and the river. We had a great day -thank you Jake and the Canal River Trust.

Science investigations

We have been carrying out investigations about matter and the changing state of matter. We tried to find out if air weighs anything by weighing balloons. Could we prove gas was there by squashing a plastic bottle?  We tested the temperature of water at room temperature, ice water and boiling water. What would happen if we left a solution f salt wa er in our classroom ?

Blackberry Tea -Ombersley Remembers WW1

We all dressed up as children during WW1 to perform at the tea. We read out our poems about blackberry picking – we had written acrostic poems and poems in the style of Seamus Heaney. We sang some of the soldiers songs – Its a long way to Tipperary, Pack up your troubles.The best part was eating the scones with our blackberry jam!  Some people asked if they could buy our jam. You can hear all about the project on our radio show.

Rivers of the World

We are taking part in ‘The Rivers of the World’ project. Part of this is a visual artist coming and working with the class. Carole came to do a printing project with us. We used the shape of a Worcester pottery vase and decorated it with natural things we might find in or near the River Severn. We drew fish, water insects, birds and flowers. Carole helped us print them using a press. The results were amazing. They will be on display in the Hive later in the year.

 

Science

We were investigating the different states of materials. We changed the state of sand by adding water.

Harvest

We took OTiS to the harvest practice in church