Y4 Bristol and Somerset
The Boy the Bird and the Coffin Maker
Following our art creations, each member of Year Four Reading Gladiators invented the next adventure for Tito and Alberto. Elen Caldecott taught us when inventing stories, to begin at the end, so our children decided whether it would be happy, tragic or a cliffhanger. Then they made story boards to continue the story from the moment Alberto and Tito set sail. Everyone’s ideas were different: some kept the atmosphere similar, some magpies from other known stories and some changed the mood to humour. Some told their stories and some worked in groups to act them out. Such an engaging few sessions and so much effort put in. We made videos of our storytelling.
Ira and Zach’s Memory Scrapbook
This photo collage represents a few pages from our Scrap Book. We loved getting creative, using all sorts of collage materials, making secret letters, hiding messages within the pages and using real natural materials and even train tickets to create our Memory Scrap Book. We have also created a slide show to show all our pages. This will be blogged or emailed. We loved this book and felt great empathy for the characters.
Our Y4 Gladiators have enjoyed making their memory book pages.
Cherries class enjoyed this book, especially the French and phonics links!
Goldfish Boy – our questions
Ater reading The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson, we wrote these questions to put to the author
1.If the book was longer, would Old Nina find her son?
2. Will you make Goldfish Boy number 2?
3. Are you going to do more mystery books or try a different genre?
4. Will you make a goldfish boy series, or maybe a series about something else?
5. Who inspired you to be an author?
6. What makes a good mystery book?
7. What inspired you to write the goldfish boy?
8. Do you get ideas from other famous authors?
9. Are all your stories going to be in real life settings?
10. Do you think your stories will always have a ‘real’ issue like OCD, ADHD, ASD etc?
Reading Gladiators from Cherries class at Wansdyke Primary
Bristol’s Challenge Day artwork
What outstanding presentations today. All our schools should be so proud as every presentation was exceptional and the ideas were all presented in such creative ways. All our children showed such respect for each other too. Just brilliant!
Designing a new cover…
Following an amazing Challenge Day, our Reading Gladiators designed a new cover and blurb for the book of their choice.
Coming to the end!
St.Teresa’s Gladiators look contemplative as they reflect on the wonderful books we have shared this year and begin to prepare for their final challenge.
Good luck to all the Year 4 Gladiators!
Camp stops play!
Cherries went on camp last week and my reading gladiators were gutted when they realised it meant we missed the Boy and the Coffin Maker submission, as this was a story we loved!
Daisy didn’t let 3 days away stop her reading though.
We all enjoyed reflecting on the magical element of the last book and we thought maybe you could only see the Island if you believed in it, a little like some of the other stories where this happened (Christmasaurus -Tom Fletcher and One Christmas Wish -Katherine Rundell).
The boy, the bird and the coffin maker.
We used the inside cover images to discuss who the characters might be, where they have been and where they are going. Also, what they are searching for. We then imitated the images in our own artwork. We are finishing the story now and Megan’s comment was, “But that’s not the end… I need to know what happens next!” So we will be inventing our own storyboards to tell Alberto and Tito’s next adventure.
Busy making memories!
St. Teresa’s Year 4 Gladiators are enjoying getting creative with the ‘Little Bits of Sky’ challenge.
Questions for Floella…
Great home learning from Macy this week. Can’t wait to find out the answers.
Coming to England ourselves!
In our Reading Gladiator group, we all have families to came to England. So our home challenge this week was to find out what it was like for them, compared to Floella Benjamin’s experience back in 1960. Macy recorded her discussion in her Reading Journal. She also thought of some questions to tweet Floella Benjamin. (apologies that photo is upside down!)
Without giving away the story, in one part, Ira discovers a letter. She replies and hides the letter to be found by someone else. Our Gladiators decided to write their own letters ‘to whom it may concern’ and have hidden them in secret locations. One girl was happy to share her letter. We thought other schools might like this idea too.
Memory Book Challenge
Yes I am one of those teachers who got the book order muddled so we have just finished ‘Little Bits of Sky’. The group absolutely loved collaborating on making a Memory Book as if Ira or Zach. They used lots of collage art ideas as they felt it was a very special book and deserved special effects! We look forward to submitting the finished book for the next mini challenge.
Year 4 Reading Gladiators from St.Teresa’s
We were very lucky to spend an afternoon with David John, who came from Trinidad to be a professional rugby player. He told us all about his life in Trinidad and his move to England.
We’ve loved the description so much in this book. We were a bit shocked when Wansdyke’s beady-eyed Hayah spotted a grammatical error on page 35. Did anyone else pick it up? !
Yr 4 COMING TO ENGLAND St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School, Bristol
This is the Powerpoint presentation our Year 4 Gladiators have produced after reading 'Coming to England' by Floella Benjamin.
The Wild Swans Challenge (St. Teresa’s Catholic Primary School)
The Gladiators selected the key events in the story which they felt would be good to act out. We chose some simple costumes and props to help us represent different parts of the story and went outside on the school grounds to photograph the scenes. It was a cold, cloudy, windy day which helped to set the scene!
What happens next? The Boy, The Bird and The Coffin Maker storytelling
Following our art creations, each member of Year Four Reading Gladiators invented the next adventure for Tito and Alberto. Elen Caldecott taught us when inventing stories, to begin at the end, so our children decided whether it would be happy, tragic or a cliffhanger. Then they made story boards to continue the story from the moment Alberto and Tito set sail. Everyone's ideas were different: some kept the atmosphere similar, some magpies from other known stories and some changed the mood to humour. Some told their stories and some worked in groups to act them out. Such an engaging few sessions and so much effort put in. Our videos of the story telling are on Dropbox. We hope you enjoy them. I was impressed with the language and phrases that the children invented. It proves that they are outstanding readers with a passion for narrative!