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.

Our Current Topic is...

Who lives in a place like this?

Autumn 2

Our topic for the Autumn 2 Half Term is entitled 'Who lives in a place like this?' and is based all around the different habitats that people and creatures live in. 

In English we will be reading and writing about different types of habitats and the people and creatures who live in them.  We’ll look at a film aimed at educating us about the destruction of the rainforests due to human intrusion, primarily from the Palm Oil manufacturers.  We start by practising our reading and retrieval skills by finding out about Orangutans and creating information sheets about them.  We’ll take the opportunity to practise our drama skills by translating sections of the film into a performance and follow this by writing letters to the Prime Minister in protest against palm oil products in the UK.  After this we will write non-chronological reports on animals found in different habitats around the world.  We'll then change tack and write setting descriptions and story narratives based on the story of a young boy whose tribe expects him to bring home the head of the biggest animal possible. In return, he will receive honour and respect. However, this rite of passage does not turn out as planned.

Maths will be focused on measurement – length and perimeter.  We’ll recap using different types of measurement and then try adding and subtracting different lengths. After that, we’ll discover how to measure perimeter on a grid, a rectangle and all sorts of rectilinear shapes.  We’ll move onto developing our multiplication & division skills by multiplying and dividing by 0, 1, 10 and 100.  Then it’s on to times tables where we’ll recap multiplying and dividing by 3 before looking at all things to do with the six, seven and nine times table.

Art sessions will see us immersed in the beauty of nature. We’ll be introduced to a variety of plant-themed artworks created by famous artists, and express our opinions about them. We’ll also learn how to make careful observations, mix different tints, shades and tones of colour, and create the illusion of depth within a picture. Plus, we will have the opportunity to create our own 3D flower sculptures from clay. Finally and time permitting, we’ll be planning and creating our own artwork using all the skills that we’ve learnt.

In Geography we'll discover weird and wonderful plants of the world and find out about the flora in all seven continents. We will locate continents and countries on a world map, identify climate zones and biomes (and the plants that grow in them) and explore ways in which humans use plants.

During Science we will be looking at living things and their habitats and become more familiar with the plants and animals in our local and wider environments. We'll learn how to identify a range of British plants and animals, and how to classify organisms, including the use of classification keys. We will also consider why organisms live in different habitats and the impact, both positive and negative, that humans can have on environments.

In R.E we will be looking at Christianity and in French we’ll continue to develop our language skills.  Weather permitting we will be able to get outside and do as much P.E. as possible – socially distanced of course.  It promises to be an action packed half term and there’s Remembrance Day and Christmas to squeeze in too - Phew!

Useful websites to help learning at home

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

Maths

English

Topic - The Living World

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.