St Ladoca Class (LKS2)

Welcome to Ladoca class!
Our Y3/4 team are Mrs Tringham, Mr Stoyles, our teaching assistant is Mrs Minter and our student teacher is Mrs Whitelegg.
Our classroom is situated away from the main school site in the Victorian classroom next to Ladock church. 
We follow the National Curriculum and we have developed our own Rainbow Curriculum to cover the Year 3 and 4 Curriculum and to interest the children.

PE lessons are on Thursdays and Fridays.

Homework is posted through Class Dojo on a Friday afternoon and due for submission the following Thursday. This will include a maths task, a literacy, spellings and a pick and mix selection for the other areas of the curriculum.  

Our home reading is focused around the Accelerated Reader scheme.

We follow the Year 3 and 4 White Rose Scheme for maths. This allows us to follow the small steps required to become great mathematicians. There is also daily fluency practice for the key skills such as addition and subtraction and we are getting prepared for our Times check at the end of Year 4.
We use a text based approach to our literacy, engaging children through a story to inspire our writing. This allows us to explore the different elements of SPAG and the skills needed to become great writers.
We do daily, whole class guided reading, where we focus in on one of the reading VIPERS for the week. (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieve and Summarise). This takes a similar format each week, so that the children are familiar with what we are doing and has helped to raise awareness of the key skills needed in reading.
We encourage reading for pleasure on a daily basis and have created a cosy reading area, in which the children love to explore new books and settle down to read.
Spring Term 2 - 2022
Song of the Dolphin Boy
Our text this for Literacy, this half term, is Song of the Dolphin Boy by Elizabeth Laird.
We started our unit by performing a poem that was in the beginning of the book.
As part of our homework we had to learn a poem, of our choice, about the sea and perform it, on video.
Take a look at some of our poems.
We have been looking at the text Beowulf to help inspire our story writing. We have been getting ready to write our own Hero Myth.
In preparation for this we acted out the main tension point of the story. We had great fun doing this.
We can't wait to write our stories and find out problems our heroes come across.
Viking Longships
The main reason the Vikings came to Britain was because they made some of  the strongest ships. These were the best design of their time and allowed them to travel to lots of different places.
They travelled as far west as North America and got as far as the Middle East. (Interesting fact: if they didn't have water to travel on they would carry or roll their ships along land until they found more water!)
We had great fun designing our own longships. we had to think about whether we wanted to attack with the ship or find somewhere to settle. This then effected our design.
Take a look at what we achieved.
Viking Bread
As a round up to our topic we got to make and try bread, similar to that of the Viking period. 
We worked in groups to follow a recipe to make Soda Bread.
It was great to make as it didn't take long and didn't need hours to rise.
We all loved trying a bit as well.
It was delicious.
Spring Term 1 2022
National Maritime Museum
Ladoca Class visited the Maritime Museum to complete the Vikings workshop.
We had a fantastic day finding out about where they came from, where they went and what they did when they got there.
We played a trading game, where we had to be either Vikings or people from the Middle East. We had to look at our goods and decide what we wanted from the other side and what we would be willing to trade. Some people got a better deal than others!
We then thought about Viking ships and how they were able to move in the water. We were able to have a go on the boats and compare these with the Viking Longships.
Our final task was to make our own Viking coin. We looked at the die of the coin, which had the symbol of King Eric (Eric Rex). We then had to place the small coin on the top and another die on the top. We hit it hard with a hammer and it left an imprint in the coin. We got to keep them at the end of task.
After lunch we got to explore the rest of the museum and really enjoyed a lot of the displays and activities.
Viking Shields
In our art lessons, looked at the different designs of Viking shields. We found out how they were made and what different symbols meant. We also found out that some people named their shields.
We then got t design our very own shields.
Take a look at what we made.
Viking bags
We got crafty, looking at the types of things the Vikings would carry their goods to trade in.
We used hessian and twine to create a small bag.
This was a great way to practice our weaving/sewing skills ready for next half term! (Watch this space)
As a final project for our topic we got to create a project page in our Topic books.
We used some of the information we already knew and found out answers to questions we still had.
We worked hard to create a piece of writing we were proud of.
We also found out some really interesting information.
A great way to end our topic.