Y2 East

Welcome to the 2018-19 Reading Gladiators challenges. Let the reading begin!


  • The Glassmaker’s Daughter

    Kessingland Gladiators just had to show you their melancholy faces!


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 11th Oct 2018, 11:38am
    Thank you for sharing. It’s a strange thing-your melancholy faces made us smile! I wonder what will make Daniela smile?
    Sara Stanley 12th Oct 2018, 9:36am
    and what an interesting word. Did you look up the origins of the word? Your ideas about its meaning look very interesting.
    Lucy Damore 14th Oct 2018, 9:12pm
    We did to some extent, its also the first word we added to our vocabulary journals to investigate further using a dictionary over the weekend.
  • The Glassmaker’s Daughter

    Wow! What a fantastic meeting Kessingland Year 2 Gladiators had today.
    We talked about our home task, guessing what our family might be thinking about by their facial expressions. We read the first half of the book and all agreed there were some tricky words. We talked about the word ‘melancholy’ wrote down our ideas on its meaning.
    Some Gladiators noticed a rhyming rhythm in parts of the text. We also thought about who might want to live in a glass palace.
    We ended our meeting with our melancholy faces!
    Next week we are going to look at our Vocabulary Journals to help us with understanding words. See you next week fellow Gladiators, we hope you’re having as much fun as we are!


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 11th Oct 2018, 11:36am
    What a brilliant update. Your discussion sounds very rich. We love the way you are working together, pooling you knowledge. Enjoy the book!
  • Enjoying our first session!

    The Reading Gladiators in Class 2at Chappel really enjoyed their first session looking at the Glassmaker’s Daughter. They came up with some lovely ideas and descriptions about the floating city!


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 10th Oct 2018, 2:58pm
    Hello Chappel Reading Gladiators! Lovely to see you. We look forward to hearing what you think about the books this year!
  • What would make Daniela happy?

    After we read the first half of the story, we talked about what we thought might make Daniela happy. Some of the ideas would make us very happy! One of the gladiators decided that something sad might make her happy as none of the nice things seemed to work. We can’t wait to find out who finally makes her smile.


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 10th Oct 2018, 4:16pm
    That’s an interesting and unusual viewpoint. I wonder whether everyone is trying too hard to make her smile? I wonder what it would feel like to have so much attention?
  • Our setting pictures

    We read the first lines from the story and drew pictures of what we thought the setting looked like. We then compared our ideas with the illustrations from the book.


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 10th Oct 2018, 4:18pm
    I can see that you are building pictures in your mind. Dianne Hofmeyr’s Words help us to visualise.
  • Year 2 Gladiators

    The new Year 2s are so excited to be Reading Gladiators and can’t wait to find out what happens in The Glassmaker’s Daughter.


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 10th Oct 2018, 4:23pm
    Hello St Mary’s Prittlewell. Looking forward to sharing you reading journey this year!
  • Albert Pye Gladiators

    Everyone loved looking at the beautiful front cover and discussing what the story might be about!


    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 9th Oct 2018, 2:52pm
    There is so much to look at on the front cover. Jane Ray's illustrations are so beautiful and full of detail. You will love the inside just as much!
    Rachel Elvidge 10th Oct 2018, 8:26am
    Hello to you all from Burnham on Crouch!
    Sara Stanley 12th Oct 2018, 9:39am
    the photo has captured one of you looking like Daniela in the gondola (i bet she was smiling by the end though)
  • John Ray Infants Reading Gladiators are back again!

    This is our ‘Dragons’ Reading Gladiator group looking ‘glum’ pretending to be like Daniela…she is “still looking sad” (as one gladiator noticed) as we delve further into the story. We have also looked behind our story into geography (about Venice) and technology (about glass making) for home tasks, and shared some amazing facts with each other.

    We are really happy to be up and running again for another busy reading year! We now have 4 groups for 2018-2019: Dragons, Centaurs, Phoenix and Griffins. The first two are following the new series of books starting with The Glassmaker’s Daughter; the other two are reading last year’s series starting with The Moon Dragons. It’s really nice to revisit previous stories as well as discovering new ones!

    P.s. Thank you also for the fabulous books after winning a blog update from June!


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 11th Oct 2018, 3:10pm
    Hello John Ray Gladiators! We enjoyed reading your post and looking at you glum faces. Did you find it hard to keep such melancholy expressions? We are really pleased that you have found good use for last year's books too. Happy reading everyone.
  • The Glassmaker’s Daughter

    Hello fellow Gladiators!
    We have had a great first meeting at Kessingland C of E Primary Academy this week.
    We filled out our independent reading questionnaires and chatted about the different books we enjoy. We also looked at the front cover of ‘The Glassmaker’s Daughter to try to get some ideas about the story.
    Year 2 Gladiators took home their ‘Thinking Journal’ along with their copy of the book.
    We are all super excited to meet up again next week to discuss our thoughts and opinions.


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 4th Oct 2018, 7:42pm
    Hello Kessingland Gladiators. We are very pleased to welcome you to Reading Gladiators. It was a good idea to start by talking about the books you enjoy. Hopefully, you will discover some new favourites on this year's reading journey. Happy Reading everyone.
    Rachel Elvidge 5th Oct 2018, 5:24pm
    Hello Kessingland Gladiators from Burnham on Crouch! Hope you enjoy the book... we are finding it a challenging read but enjoying the story and beautiful illustrations.
    Sara Stanley 5th Oct 2018, 5:53pm
    Welcome Kessingland Gladiators It is a beautiful example of a complex picturebook and we are sure you will all get so much out of it. Keep us informed 😁
  • Recording our first impressions

    The Year 2 Gladiators were excited to start their beautiful new book today. here we are recording first impressions after a bit of a chat!


    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 20th Sep 2018, 12:24pm
    Thank you Burnham Gladiators and welcome to the Year 2 group! You all look completely engrossed in The Glassmaker's Daughter. We can't wait to hear your thoughts.
    Rachel Elvidge 21st Sep 2018, 9:17pm
    I felt very cruel not letting them take them home, Caroline!
    Sara Stanley 2nd Oct 2018, 11:58am
    Wonderful concentration. What are their first impressions of the book? Hope they love it as much as we do. Sara.
  • Hello everyone!

    Hello to all our fellow Year 2 Gladiators from Burnham-on-Crouch. This is our second year as a Reading Gladiator school, and our group is led by Mrs Elvidge. Follow us on Twitter @BurnhamReaders


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 10th Sep 2018, 3:30pm
    Thank you for introducing yourself Burnham Gladiators. A great idea to include your Twitter account, and we should also mention the #ReadingGladiators.
  • Let the challenge begin!

    Hello to all Year 2  Reading Gladiators in the East.  We are looking forward to hearing what you think about this year’s books. Be sure to post an update and tell us how you are getting on.