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.

VE day party!

This week KS2 have been working incredibly hard on the preparations for our VE day party. It was the WOW ending of our topic and we had planned to make invite our parents in and feed them wartime food.

We had made 3 different flavours of soup (minestrone, leek and potato and vegetable) following our designs and research. We also made wartime cakes. We had practised songs and learnt words so that we could share our fantastic topic with everyone. After we had sung and had our soup and bread (kindly donated by Ombersley Bakery) we took our parents into our classrooms for cakes, tea and sharing of our work.

Thank you to everyone who came, the children worked incredibly hard to prepare the afternoon and we thought it was a huge success! It has been an extremely busy week (and term) and it was lovely for the children to be able to show off all their hard work! Have a look at the pictures below.

Maths Week in Key Stage 2!

We have had a lovely maths week in KS2. After a very busy half term we decided to link our maths week to our end of topic VE day party. We started the week by making soup with our Chair of Governors Rob Brett. We were supposed to go and visit his allotment to learn about ‘growing our own’ and Dig for Victory but the rain ruined this plan. Instead, Rob brought his own vegetables up to school and taught us how to make Minestrone soup. We all had a go at cooking and learnt about how important ‘growing your own’ was during rationing.

For the rest of the week we have been thinking about how to best organise our VE day party (invitations to follow!). We applied our knowledge of symmetry to designing tablecloths and we completed table plans which would allow us to seat everyone and our guests comfortably. We used the maths book ‘Spagetti and Meatballs’ as the basis for our problem solving work- first we had to help Mrs. Comfort seat her family before thinking of our own plans.

We also completed the current Ombersley maths trail and wrote our own, updated version for Ks1. We hope they’ve enjoyed doing it!

Tennis Tournament

Today 12 children from KS2 went to Ombersley Tennis club for a tennis tournament against Sytchampton. We played a mixture of singles and doubles and everyone played fantastic tennis! Well done to the Ombersley ‘circle’ team who won overall and to Sychtampton and the other Ombersley teams who came 3rd and 4th respectively. Thank you to everyone who helped to make it a wonderful afternoon for all and a chance to show off our improved tennis skills!

Poppy Collages

This week KS2 have been feeling very artistic! We have learnt how to use collage techniques to produce our collages. We used a poppy painting by Georgia O’Keeffe as our inspiration as they are a symbol of WW2. First, we learnt how to collage with different materials before we applied these new skills to recreating Georgia O’Keeffe’s painting. We then worked with a partner to design our own collage, based around a poppy. We could change the colour, layout, size and number of poppies- we used our imaginations! They all look fantastic and will be on display very soon!