Y2 Essex

29June
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Updates

  • 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!
  • Poem Review

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

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 28th Feb 2018, 9:06am
    I loved the layout of this poem too and the way that the story of Hansel and Gretel is told.
  • John Ray Gladiators – Island of Ashes update

    We all tried our hand at making silhouettes, and as our gladiator’s facilitator I gave myself the same homework, it wasn’t easy! However, let me introduce our Gladiators to you in silhouette!

    In this week’s sessions we discussed whether this new fangled gift of “colour” was a curse or a blessing. They concluded that everyone else bar the king saw it as a blessing, though we weren’t too sure about Wendell’s feelings (the gladiators learned the new phrase “on the fence”!). Some of the Tuesday Gladiators felt that because he was king, the King could like or dislike whatever he wanted, that was that, he needn’t be swayed by a petition as it was his job to rule. Interestingly two gladiators compared the King from the Island of Ashes to the King in The Moon Dragons story…neither were painted in a particularly pleasant light.

    Comments

    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 27th Feb 2018, 3:03pm
    Wow! They look amazing. Glad to hear your Gladiators are making links between the characters they have met so far. I wonder what the next King they meet in a story will be like?
    Tracy Baxter 28th Feb 2018, 12:15pm
    My Gladiators were fully behind Wendell in preferring colour. They really enjoyed the intrigue in this book.
    Sue Chapman 13th Mar 2018, 2:53pm
    The Gladiators loved the suspense building; it crept slowly up on them, so the last two chapters were a real treat! We too preferred colour, and couldn't begin to imagine living in a grey world, something akin to Black and White television, which some of us recall!!
  • Creating our own unique instrument

    The children at King’s Ford Infants have been designing and thinking of names for their instruments,just like Ossiri’s Tattin Django. Chinese Drumbar, Angel Guitar and a Drumboo!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 29th Jan 2018, 10:43am
    What a lot of thought you have put into designing your instruments. I wonder what sounds they would make? Would they twang, tinkle, boom or ping?
  • We love reading (about snakes!)

    Our intrepid gladiators loved this book so much that we spent an extra week on it and wrote a group poem (photo to follow!). We always have a ‘comfy read’ somewhere in our weekly session together so the children wanted to share their joy.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 26th Jan 2018, 9:46am
    How wonderful to love a book so much. We look forward to reading your poem.
    Tracy Baxter 28th Feb 2018, 12:11pm
    My class enjoyed reading about snakes too. They particularly liked the way the book changed from fiction and non-fiction.
  • John Ray Gladiators – Starting the new year in silhouette!

    Our Reading Gladiators decided to wait until the new year before attacking our new book, Grey Island Red Boat! So we are now into our second week and reading it with gusto!!
    The gladiators are intrigued by the world of silhouette and didn’t realise how much we relied upon facial expression AND body language to guess someone’s feelings.
    We are avidly waiting to read the next chapter after some colour has entered the world on the Island of Ashes…

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 24th Jan 2018, 11:07am
    Yes silhouette is a really interesting technique. What do writers do to show feelings with words when they haven't got pictures?
  • Thinking about Ossiri and the Bala Mengro

    At Burnham we have been talking about what we yearn for, from a hamster to becoming an Olympian. We also discussed whether or not we would enjoy a travelling life. Most children thought they wouldn’t. One said the noises outside might scare her and another thought there wouldn’t be much room for him to play in a caravan. Two children thought it sounded great though, especially if they could travel to France and Italy.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 10th Jan 2018, 5:42pm
    What interesting insights. It's good to try and imagine ourselves in other people's shoes. That's the start of the development of empathy.
    Rachel Elvidge 15th Jan 2018, 11:15am
    I was interested that the travelling community was one which the children knew very little about. I think I am going to buy Richard O'Neill's other book. :)
    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 16th Jan 2018, 10:24pm
    I'm delighted to hear that. It's one of the reasons we chose this book. The travelling community is marginalised in children's books. We need more diverse voices.