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    Submission by Great Easton Church of England Primary

    Reading Gladiators picnic party!

    Our final collage is inspired by the last page of Each Peach Pear Plum - all our favourite characters from our Reading Gladiator books have come together for a picnic party to celebrate reading and books. Gladiator Iris had the great idea of putting the children's heads on their favourite characters, so they are in the picture too. The patchwork picnic rug is laid in a flowery meadow in the shade of beautiful trees. Leo and Ella (Gus and Iris) are arriving by train. The General (Victoria) is his usual grumpy self, exclaiming "Who wants to go to a silly Reading Gladiators party anyway?" and the little rabbit says "Me!" The elephant (Billy) is of course tronking happily, with Oliver Drew (Aaron) and Erica (William) nearby. Ossiri (Louisa) has brought her tattin django to play at the party. Alina (Ellie) is looking a little mournful, but if she looks behind her she'll see the moon dragons are flying in to join the party - which will soon cheer her up! We were lucky to have three mummies and a big sister to help us create our collage in a very busy and fun afternoon that was the perfect end to our Reading Gladiators journey.

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    Submission by Burnham on Crouch Primary School

    The Autumn Dragon

    We made an Autumn Dragon in our forest schools area, using leaves, twigs, bark, acorns and stones. We wrote a story together about him coming to school but it is our poem that we want to share with you. We each wrote a line of the poem on a leaf shape. When we scatter the leaves and pick them up, the poem changes. It can be read in any order.

    He is crunchy like a crisp.
    He is gold like a coin.
    He is fast like the wind.
    He is sleepy like an old mean dog.
    He is scrunchy like leaves.
    He is as smooth as an acorn.
    He is shiny like a diamond.
    He is bumpy like a rock.

    We think the King would definitely like to own our dragon, because he is so rare, so we are keeping him hidden in the forest!

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  • Reader’s Theatre

    We enjoyed our reader’s theatre activity today. It helped us get to know the characters better. We have chosen another section at the end of chapter three to turn into reader’s theatre too.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 19th Jun 2018, 9:46pm
    It looks as though you are concentrating very hard on your parts. I'm pleased that it helped you get inside the heads of the characters.
  • John Ray Gladiators – Snaking about!

    The Gladiators are really enjoying the ‘hybrid’ style fiction/non-fiction book…although initial impressions for a few were not very positive after looking at the front picture of a girl in a frock with a bow in her hair! It shows that you can’t always judge the contents of a book by its front cover!

    Interestingly, for some the photos of snakes induced quite strong emotions of “Urghhhhh” accompanied by an appropriate shudder, whereas a couple were so logical “because it is a photo and not real”.

    We had great fun working in pairs and trying to slither like a snake whilst the other partner instructed. Those with long hair found this particularly challenging…a good reason why snakes do not have hair!

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 22nd Jun 2018, 12:56pm
    I wonder if you will like snakes more at the end of the book?
  • John Ray Gladiators are back with a vengeance, and also snakes!

    John Ray Gladiators are very pleased to have restarted after their SATs interlude. Although somewhat behind in books, we are nonetheless carrying on with the next book ‘I don’t like snakes’.
    So far it has received an interesting reaction, tapping into some children’s fears contrasted to others overriding curiosity.
    You may have also noticed that we now have a ‘Gladiator Gossip’ corner in our library for anything that our gladiators feel the other children might find interesting.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 14th Jun 2018, 12:41pm
    We love the Gladiators gossip idea. One to pass on to the other Gladiator schools.
  • Our role on the wall work

    We really enjoyed thinking about what the General thinks, feels, says and does. The role in the wall activity was great! We also shared our technique with year 1, who used it to discuss Wilbur and Charlotte after seeing a production of Charlotte’s Web.

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 24th May 2018, 6:33am
    A great strategy to use to explore characters Burnham. I think you have captured the General brilliantly. 'Burning with anger' describes his feelings so well. I like to imagine him going home at the end of the day and complaining about what has happened to his long suffering wife!
  • Our map of Izzambard

    We’ve had a busy term with snow days and science week so we’re a week late finishing The Secret Railway and too late to enter the mini challenge but we had a go anyway just for fun! The gladiators worked really well together to include everything they loved best from the story, and even the Crystal Caves, which they are all eager to read about in the next book in the series. This book has been loved by us all and has prompted some of our best discussions yet, about the mysterious Grizelda (more scary because never seen, only heard), and the moral ambivalence of Barty (he’s clearly a “good guy” but he was very naughty to hide the key).

    Comments

    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 29th Mar 2018, 3:26pm
    Yes the snow did have an impact so well done for showing some gladiator spirit and carrying on regardless. It sounds like you have had some brilliant discussions and peeled away the layers of some more complex characters. Your map looks super. Well done Great Easton and thank you for sharing.
  • John Ray Gladiators – Grey Island Red Boat (finished!)

    We have come to the end of reading Grey Island Red Boat, and our gladiators thoroughly enjoyed the story. Each group made predictions as to whether it would end in an either ‘doom and gloom’ scenario or ‘happily ever after’. Surprisingly some REALLY wanted it to be doom and gloom!!

    Obviously we won’t be sharing any ‘spoilers’ here, however the gladiators also wrote book reviews of the two books that we have read so far to share them with the school in our school library.
    We look forward to starting our new book after Easter.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 21st Apr 2018, 7:38am
    Haha! I like doom and gloom endings too! I wonder if that would feel right for this story?
  • Westlands’ Reading Gladiators

    Our children are very proud to be Reading Gladiators and like to show off the lovely work that they have produced.

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 24th Mar 2018, 1:11pm
    What a fabulous display. I'm sure you'll have a lot of people looking at this and admiring your wonderful responses to the books. Well done Westlands.
  • Prizes!

    Our Reading Gladiators were delighted to be runners up for their composed music and win two lovely books which are signed by the author and illustrator. These now have pride of place in our reading area along with the poster.

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 24th Mar 2018, 1:10pm
    A well deserved prize Westlands - happy reading!
  • Secret Railway

    Children explored what they might find if they jumped through the oak table top.

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 14th Mar 2018, 8:29pm
    How interesting to think of this! It would be easy to see why you might be worried about being surrounded. I wonder if you would become friends?
  • Secret Railway

    Children explored what they might find if they jumped through the oak table top.

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 14th Mar 2018, 8:30pm
    Wow - I'm intrigued by the 'eerie looking rabbits'! How imaginative.
  • Secret Railway

    Children explored what they might find if they jumped through the oak table top.

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 14th Mar 2018, 8:31pm
    This reminds me of Alice in Wonderland falling down the rabbit hole! I wonder what it would feel like to be a rabbit?
  • Enjoying The Secret Railway

    When discussing why Ella decided to face her fear of the dark (when she went into the Great Grand Library), one gladiator said “she may like her red hat so much because it actually has special powers which she doesn’t really know about yet”. They loved reading Petunia’s funny words.

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 14th Mar 2018, 8:24pm
    What a clever thought! I wonder what the special powers could be? Petunia does use some interesting words!It's so lovely to see your smiling faces - you look like you are enjoying being Gladiators to me.
  • Secret Railway

    Children explored what they might find if they jumped through the oak table top.

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 14th Mar 2018, 8:33pm
    Such an imaginative response! I love the idea of going down a slide and ending up in the ocean - what fun!
  • The Secret Railway

    Here are our initial questions after reading the blurb.

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 14th Mar 2018, 11:20am
    Excellent questions Burnham! How clever of Chloe to make a connection with her book at home. I love Open Very Carefully and you're right about the book talking to you. I hope you enjoy reading The Secret Railway as much as I did.
  • Poem Review

    A poem review from the book Message from the Moon and other poems

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 28th Feb 2018, 9:09am
    It is unusual to read a poem about when the dragon is still inside the egg and this makes the poem very interesting.
    Rachel Elvidge 28th Feb 2018, 11:27am
    I love this idea! I might magpie the format if that's ok!
    Tracy Baxter 14th Mar 2018, 8:20pm
    Go for it!
  • Poem Review

    A poem review from the book Message from the Moon and other poems

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 28th Feb 2018, 9:10am
    I'm glad this was fun to listen to. Poems should always be heard I think.
  • Poem Review

    A poem review from the book Message from the Moon and other poems

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 28th Feb 2018, 9:11am
    I wonder what a snail would think of the zoo? It might be a dangerous place to visit!
  • Poem Review

    A poem review from the book Message from the Moon and other poems

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 28th Feb 2018, 9:05am
    I loved sharing this poem - it's such fun to read!