RIDGEWAY Primary School

Team Odyssey

We're Year 4 and we are Team Odyssey!

We work hard

We have fun

And we’re full of curiosity!

 

Check out this amazing 3D Tour of our school guys!  

https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=W2iWiHnHyUg 

Class Information...

Dear parents and carers,

Please find below my email address:

btownsend@ridgeway.derbyshire.sch.uk 

Given the strict restrictions that stop people entering the school building at present, this will be the main way to contact me for the foreseeable future. For more pressing matters, you may contact the school office on 01142 486249.  We will check emails regularly and reply as quickly as we can.

During this unprecedented time, we are trying our very hardest to protect and keep safe our whole school community.  As such, please could you adhere to the social distancing measures and rules in place.

Each year group has precise and limited time slots to welcome and dismiss the children from school, these must be kept to as to ensure no cross-contamination of ‘bubbles.’

Our class Y4 Team Odyssey will enter school at:

8.45 - 8.55am in Main Pedestrian Gate B.

We will dismiss the children at:

 3.10 - 3.20pm from Grey Door at the Front of School.

Our class teacher is Mr Townsend (Mr T) - who teaches each day except Wednesday afternoons when Miss Atkin teaches the class for the afternoon. 

Miss Atkin is also our class Teaching Assistant and will be helping us learn on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays each week.

Please bring a lunch box/bag and coat as required.  All children are welcome to bring a healthy snack as well as a drinks bottle to have at breaktime. All classroom equipment will be provided by school so no need to bring in pencil cases nor 'toys' or personal belongings. 

 

Our PE sessions are on Tuesday & Friday.  Please make sure your child has a full PE Kit in school ready for these days.

(Black Shorts, White T-shirt, Pumps and a Black Sweatshirt in a PE bag - ENSURE ALL ITEMS ARE NAMED PLEASE.  

 

Homework:

Homework will be set each Friday (beginning Fri 25th Sept)  and is due in by the following Friday. 

Maths, reading & spelling homework will be as follows:

 

Maths - TT Rockstars + EdShed or Seesaw activity

 

Reading - Read Theory (4-6 times per week) 

             - Seesaw recording reading aloud (1 x per week)

 

Spellings - EdShed Spelling game

               - Seesaw Spelling activity 

 

 

   Black History Month     

As part of Black History Month we had the privilege of welcoming Ludwig Ramsey to our school.  He visited us in Team Odyssey and told us all about his own achievements and also about famous and influential black people from the past and the present.  Ludwig's visit really helped us recap what we knew and most importantly learn more about Black History and why it's so important to treat everybody equally.  Here's a few pics of our time with Ludwig.

Sponsored Scoot - Our Class Fundraiser

Due to Covid restrictions we were unable to hold our school Christmas Fair this year.  As a result, each class was set the challenge of holding their own fund raiser event.  The funds raised will go towards our school and a local food bank. We, in Year 4 Team Odyssey, decided to have a sponsored scooter ride around a course set out in the school playground.  We all tried to complete as many laps we could in two separate half-hour sessions.  It was loads of fun and we all help raise loads of money too.  Thank you to all the really generous people who sponsored us - we really appreciate it! 

P.S.  Check out some videos of us in action below.

 3D Snowflakes 

During the run up to Christmas we all got to make these fabulous 3D snowflakes.  It was really quite challenging at times as some of the instructions were tricky to follow and it meant we had to really concentrate to get all the folding, cutting and sticking required just right.  We are sure you will agree though that the results are quite stunning.  Take a look at our 3D snowflakes below.

Our Current Topic is...

Meet the Flintstones

SPRING 1 

Our topic for the Spring 1 Half Term is entitled 'Meet the Flintstones' and is based all around the Stone Age to the Iron Age period in history. 

In English we will start by reading and listening to the story 'Stone Age Boy' and engage with the text through drama, discussion and debate.  We'll plan and write our own narrative versions of the story before editing them and deciding on how to present them.  We'll then look at instructions as a text type by reading the book 'How to Wash Woolly Mammoth' and attempt a hands-on toy washing challenge.  We'll then create our own ‘Woolly Mammoth Cleaning Kits’.  After this we'll follow instructions to make our own mammoth models and identify features of the text.  We'll finish by planning and writing our own set of instructions about washing a woolly mammoth.  During the half term we'll be reading 'Stig of the dump' together as a class and writing our own play scripts for part of the story.

Maths will be focused on continuing to develop our multiplication and division skills including multiplying three numbers, identifying factor pairs and learning efficient written methods.  We will also look at measurement and learn how to calculate and compare the area of given shapes.  We'll also begin to explore fractions and count in tenths before using and understanding equivalent fractions.  

Art / DT sessions will see us create our own Stone Age cave paintings and then  silhouettes of Stonehenge at sunset using water colour.  We'll develop our  technology skills by making our own Stone age necklaces using salt dough.   

In History we'll look closely at the period from the Stone Age to the Iron Age in Britain and discover some of the major changes during this period.   We'll find out what 'Prehistory' means, what hunter gatherers survived on during the Stone Age and research the history of Skara Brae.

During Science we'll discover what people in the Stone Age ate by conducting a Stone Age poo investigation.  The Stone Age finished and merged into the Bronze Age following the discovery of metals so we will take the opportunity to look at metals and ask the question, 'Are all metals magnetic?' Following this we will look closer at magnets and forces.

In R.E we will be looking at why festivals are important to religious communities including Christians and Muslims. 

Weather permitting we will try out some Stone Age related Dancing during P.E sessions and finally; during Computing sessions we'll be looking at 'Online Safety' where we'll learn about self image and identity, online relationships, reputation and bullying.   

Useful websites to help learning at home

Please click on the links below to access useful websites for home learning:

Maths

English

Topic - The Stone Age

Ancient Egyptian Mummies and Sarcophagus's

We've been very busy during our first half term researching, designing, making and decorating our own Ancient Egyptian Mummies and Sarcophagus's.  First we made our own Pharaohs using tin foil and then we mummified him / her using kitchen roll and glue.  We then set about designing and making our sarcophagus's to perfectly fit our pharaohs.  We used strips of card and tape to carefully construct the sarcophagus.  We added kitchen roll to make the shape of the pharaoh lying on top and then covered the lot in tissue paper.  Finally we painted our sarcophagus's gold or yellow and decorated it in a style fit for a pharaoh.  Check out our fantastic results below.

Can you mummify a tomato?

In science this half term we have been experimenting whether it is possible to mummify a tomato. 

We weighed our tomatoes and recorded it in your books.  Next we cut a hole in the side of the tomato and removed the insides.  Then we cleaned the tomato with sanitiser inside and out and dried with paper towels.  We then weighed our tomatoes again and recorded the new weight in our books (this is the pre-mummification weight).  After that we made our natron (natron is a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and salt).   We then filled our tomatoes with natron and covered the rest of the tomato with the natron.

We then left the tomato for exactly 2 weeks in a warm place (70 days is how long the Egyptians left mummies for).  We also made predictions as to what we thought would happen to the tomato and wrote these down in our books. Check out the pictures of us in action below.

The Results! Can you mummify a tomato? The Results!

Well folks, we all took our tomatoes home and waited patiently for two weeks to pass.  It was hard to wait but we managed it and whilst we were waiting we removed any wet natron and replaced it with dry to help the mummification process.  After two weeks we all brought our tomatoes back in and set about revealing the answers to our questions and predictions.  

We carefully removed the tomato from the bag and weighed it (this is the post - mummification weight).  We recorded the new weight in our books.  Then we placed the tomato on a chopping board and carefully removed any natron from inside and outside of the tomato.  After that, we compared the tomato to the last time we saw it and checked in our books to see if the weight had changed.  We could then observe and measure to see which, if any, of our predictions were correct.  Finally, we were able to answer our question and discovered that you really can mummify a tomato - WOW!!!!  Check out the pics below guys.

Drama, Drama Everywhere!

We've been learning all about discovering and exploring an Ancient Egyptian tomb.  To really get a feel for what it must have been like we decided to roll play the experience ourselves using drama.  We teamed up with a partner and broke the experience into individual parts and freeze framed the action at key points.  It really helped us to then write in roll as we had a much better understanding of what was involved.  Check us out below.