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...

Good Vibrations

Summer 2

Useful websites to help learning at home

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

Maths

English

Topic - Sound & Vibration

 Creating the colours of the ocean 

We've been busy developing our colour mixing skills and exploring how to create the different colours of the seas and oceans.  We used powder paint in two tones of blue plus yellow white and black.  We experimented combining the different colours in various amounts and combinations.  We then used the colours we made to create water droplets featuring all our different shades of blue.   

         The Great Wave         

As part of our Water Warriors topic, we have been looking at the artwork of Japanese artist Hokusai.  We were so impressed by his famous artwork 'The Great Wave off Kanagawa' that we decided to all work together as a team to produce our own - whole class 'Great Wave'.  Using the skills we learnt colour mixing whilst making our rain drops earlier during the topic we applied these skills to create the different colours of the ocean seen in Hokusai's masterpiece. 

Mr T sketched out a giant version of the wave on the whiteboard and we divided it up into thirty different pieces.  We then all chose which piece we wanted to work on and using water colours we began mixing colours together to recreate the different shades and tones required for our own pieces of the painting. 

We then let our artwork dry and when all the pieces were put back together we stepped back to admire our teamwork.  We liked the project so much and were inspired by the many different interpretations of the original wave by other artists, that we wanted to create our own individual 'Great Waves'.  So we sketched out in pencil each part of the Great Wave building up the piece by piece, just like Hokusai did with the original.  When our waves were fully sketched we then used mixed media to make our own creations of The Great Wave.  Please check out our finished artwork below - we hope you'll be impressed.

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.