Welcome to Year 4

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

WW1 -Finding out what it was like for children in WW1

Julia Letts came in to tell us what children in Ombersley School might have been doing during WW1. Food was scarce so we found out what they could have collected from the hedgerows to eat or feed the animals. We looked at the posters the government used to encourage people to preserve food , recycle and eat less. We tried some of the berries we didn’t all like them.

 

Thrive

On Monday morning we have a thrive session – this week we made an imaginary creature from Lego!

STEM at Westacre

We went to Westacre to take part in STEM (Science, Technology and Maths) We had to make a wheeled vehicle that would travel but we were only allowed elastic bands to join it. We used the ipads and flames in the science labs.

 

Tennis

Our first tennis lesson this term