Year Two A Chance to Reflect

Reflecting on your Gladiator journey

It’s hard to believe that the end of the Year 2 journey is in sight. Your young readers should be ending the year full of enthusiasm for reading and having read a broader range of books than they may have tackled independently. They should be well equipped as they enter Key Stage Two to choose appropriately challenging books as well as enjoying old favourites. This time of year is a good point to take stock and reflect on their year as a Gladiator. Here are some ideas to help:

Vote for your favourite book

Spend some time looking back at all the books. Ask each member of the group to choose their favourite and think of three reasons why it is the best book. Present their ideas to the rest of the group before holding a vote. Share the results with the class and the rest of the school.

Celebration assembly

Ask the Gladiators to prepare a presentation to the school community, including parents and governors to celebrate their amazing achievements. Include the results of the vote for the best book. You may want to choose some different activities to share. Why not perform a poem from Message to the Moon, share the Reader’s Theatre activity from The Secret Railway or share some fascinating facts about snakes? You could involve the whole school in the Don’t Cross the Line activity to find out what they would do.

Exploring connections

As you have been reading we know that your Year Two children have been busy making connections between the books. Share the following themes with your group and ask them to consider which books might fall into particular categories:

  • Power
  • Bravery
  • Honesty
  • Greed
  • Perseverance
  • Loyalty

Can they add any more? You could also ask them to choose the greediest character or the kindest or most thoughtful. The possibilities are endless!


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