There are schools in this group:
- Just Imagine
- Layer de la Haye Primary
- Woodham Walter Primary School
- Stock Primary School
- Saint Andrews C of E Halstead
- Brightside Primary School
- Burnham on Crouch Primary School
- John Ray Infant School
- Kings Ford Infant School
- South Green Infant School
- Westlands Primary School, Chelmsford
- Great Easton Church of England Primary
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!
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.
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…
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!!
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!
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.
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!)
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!
We made an Autumn Dragon in our forest area. We are writing a group poem about him.
Our reading journey begins…
We are proud of our display board and look forward to filling it up!
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! 🙂
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.