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  • 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!

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    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.

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 26th Jan 2018, 9:46am
    How wonderful to love a book so much. We look forward to reading your poem.
  • 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…

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    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.

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    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.
  • How to Likes Snakes

    The South Green Reading Gladiators  enjoyed the book and some even changed their opinion about snakes. They made this poster and even though it was challenging making a poster together, they were able to say what they liked about snakes.

     

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    Jennie Hutchings 10th Jan 2018, 9:54am
    I was really pleased to find out that my reading gladiators had won a prize - it came in the post last week and really excited to share with my group.
    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 10th Jan 2018, 6:46pm
    It's great that reading the book changed your opinions. Sometimes finding out more about something can make you feel more positive about it. You might enjoy Surprising Sharks (also by Nicola Davies) which she wrote because she thought people had the wrong idea about them.
  • John Ray Gladiators – The worth of something

    Wow what a flight! We had our final discussion about The Moon Dragons – this story has given us all so much to think about.
    We spent some time looking at the ‘worth’ of a room full of gold. Initially some of our gladiators felt that you could buy anything with maybe 2 rooms or even 100 rooms of gold…although they decided that with the Moon Dragons it was not about gold, protecting something special was far more precious.
    One gladiator said that gold was “not worth anything” and we talked about it being quite a useless metal, it’s pretty of course and can be made into amazing things but it’s really too soft for serious use, another gladiator added that bronze was far more useful!
    A final word from a particularly thoughtful gladiator was “being kind is better than having lots of gold or money”.

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 5th Dec 2017, 3:01pm
    What a thoughtful discussion you have had John Ray. I love that you can see the value of kindness.
  • I Don’t Like Snakes

    We started reading our new book today and talked about how we feel about snakes. Can you tell what we think from our expressions?
    We all enjoyed reading the first page and practised using great expression.

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 30th Nov 2017, 2:56pm
    Hands up, who likes snakes? Meeee!
  • John Ray Gladiators wk 4 – The end of the book..

    Both groups have now finished the story, which has a received a resounding thumbs up!
    We discussed whether a lie is ever a good idea, especially, as a Gladiator reminded us, that ‘Honesty’ is a core value in our school. However, we felt that there were exceptional circumstances in The Moon Dragons.
    We also squeezed in time to share another dragon story that one of our Gladiators kindly brought in, not quite so serious or mysterious but a firm favourite!

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 29th Nov 2017, 11:59am
    Yes I think I would agree with the exceptional circumstances in Moon Dragons. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the story. Zog is great fun isn't it!
  • Loving our Reading Gladiator sessions!

    We’ve enjoyed Grey Island Red Boat. This month we have made shadow puppets, a theatre, performed a play and raced to find information in the text.

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 23rd Nov 2017, 5:18pm
    You have been very busy! Next time if you are able to film your performance, we can put it on our video channel.
  • John Ray Infants wk 3 – Feelings and expressions

    We’re nearly at the end of the story, but paused to look at some words that might describe Alina’s expression and thus indicate her feelings. We tried to put the words into an order of relevance, but soon discovered that each of us had a different preference. We also tried to guess each other’s feelings from an expression and learned that it’s not easy; some may look similar but they can also be misinterpreted, e.g. worried/angry. Definitely food for thought!

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 21st Nov 2017, 2:45pm
    Thoughtful work, John Ray Gladiators. I think that is one of the most common reasons that people argue; they misunderstand other people's body language and expressions. That's something for us to think about.
  • What would you ask Wendell?

    Hello from Great Easton Primary! We had a fantastic talk today. We discussed what we would ask Wendell about his past if we could sneak into his prison cell. We speculated whether we’d find answers in the remaining chapters of the book, and considered whether we prefer books that leave us with unanswered questions or ones that tie up all the loose ends. Verdict: we love variety!

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 17th Nov 2017, 11:08pm
    What interesting questions. Wendell is a mysterious character. I expect you will find out more as you read on.
    Rachel Elvidge 20th Nov 2017, 10:17am
    What a great idea!! I'll be stealing this one!
  • John Ray Infant School wk2 – Moon Dragons galore!

    We thoroughly enjoyed getting our teeth into the start of the story, and none of us thought much about the king! We shared our expressions of how we thought the king looked…I was scared!
    The children also had very firm ideas on how a king should behave, and learned the phrase ‘word of mouth’ when talking about how news was spread around the land in times gone by…no TV, newspapers or computers!!

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 17th Nov 2017, 11:12pm
    Oh my goodness! You are certainly getting into character here!
  • John Ray Infant School – Reading Gladiators at the ready!!

    We’ve started sharing The Moon Dragons story and have two groups of captivated Gladiators! In the first session we looked at our different ideas about dragons, and the follow up task in their Thinking Journals produced some amazing ideas and their own stories. we have some budding authors in the making!

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 16th Nov 2017, 11:41am
    Hello John Ray Infant Gladiators. It's lovely to see you enjoying the story. We are excited to hear what you think of the books. Happy Reading!
    Sue Chapman 21st Nov 2017, 2:33pm
    Thank you, we're certainly all enjoying the first book!
  • Stock Year 2 Gladiators enjoying Moon Dragons

    We have shared comments on our vle: dbprimary, so the rest of the school can see what we are doing.

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    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 9th Nov 2017, 10:15am
    Great ideas Stock Gladiators. I am glad you are sharing your ideas. I wonder how many of your classmates would now like to read Moon Dragons.
    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 9th Nov 2017, 12:21pm
    This is a great idea to spread Reading Gladiator ripples. I am sure you will have inspired the other children in your school to read the books. Thank you for sharing this with us.
  • Forest Dragon

    This is our Forest Dragon. We made him at Forest School. He protects our forest from unwanted invaders who might damage the forest. He can breathe fire (very carefully!)

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 1st Nov 2017, 6:36pm
    Hello Woodham Walter Gladiators. A Forest Dragon! That's perfect. And what a lovely way to spend your time at Forest School. I think there are all sorts of mythical creatues hidden in the forest. If you read Anthony Browne's Hide and Seek, you will see what I mean. Happy Reading everyone!
  • The Westlands’ Weather Dragon

    This beautiful dragon possesses the power of the weather, from rain and lightening to ice and sun. Its roar is the thunder and its head spreads rainbows as it flys. The Year 2 Reading Gladiators loved our first book, ‘The Moon Dragons’, so much that they were inspired to create their own!

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 1st Nov 2017, 6:24pm
    Wow! Westlands Gladiators! You have created a truly beautiful, awe-inspiring dragon. Well done everyone.
    Rachel Elvidge 20th Nov 2017, 10:18am
    The Reading Gladiators at Burnham on Crouch really love your Weather Dragon. :)
  • Autumn Dragon

    We made an Autumn Dragon in our forest area. We are writing a group poem about him.

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 5th Oct 2017, 3:50pm
    Oh, this is beautiful. I love the way you have made the dragon from natural materials. It's like an Andy Galsworthy work of art. Good work everyone. We look forward to reading the poem
  • Our reading journey begins…

    We are proud of our display board and look forward to filling it up!

     

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 4th Oct 2017, 3:56pm
    Hello Burnham on Crouch Gladiators! What a gorgeous display! We look forward to following your journey. Happy Reading!
  • The start of our Reading Gladiator journey

    This is half of our Reading Gladiator family in Year 2. We are proud to wear our badges and love the first book ‘Moon Dragons’. We are looking forward to exploring the text and challenging ourselves! 🙂

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 28th Sep 2017, 11:55pm
    Hello Brightside Gladiators. Do you think you would like to meet a Moon Dragon?
  • Moon Dragons Getting Started

    We really enjoyed our first session and can’t wait to get into the story next time. We had lots of ideas about different types of dragons and stories about Moon Dragons.

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 28th Sep 2017, 11:47pm
    Hello Woodham Walter Gladiators! How lovely to hear that you have lots of creative ideas. I wonder whether the Moon Dragons will be good or bad characters?