Y6 London


    Submission by Hallsville Primary School

    Hallsville – You don’t forget people you love. Maybe you forget their faces, but you don’t forget the love.

    We have really enjoyed reading The Children of the King and for our challenge we decided upon the theme of separation. There were so many examples of people being separated from their loved ones in the book and we thought about the way that wars happening today are still separating people from their loved ones as they were back then. We used the tags as we felt that these were a symbol of separation, especially for evacuees in WWII, and we used the separated world to show that war not only separates and divides people but also countries and continents. After scouring the book carefully for a quote to match our theme, we felt that Cecily's quote summed up separation perfectly.

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  • Can’t stop reading ‘Phoenix’!

    St Matthias gladiators can’t get enough of this book. They met during lunchtime to read together more of the book. One child didn’t expect to enjoy the book as much as he is. We were ‘hooked’ from the start…


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 25th May 2018, 4:40pm
    Trying something new and discovering that you really like it, is a sign of adventurous, risk-taking reader. We are thrilled that you are enjoying your new book.
  • February’s Challenge at Hallsville

    We were thrilled when we arrived at school on Monday to find we had been sent a box of poetry books for our efforts in February’s challenge. We can’t wait to start borrowing these from our class library so that we can enjoy reading some more poetry at home. Joseph Coelho’s ‘Overheard in a Tower Block’ is already in demand!


    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 23rd Mar 2018, 1:01pm
    Happy Reading! Let us know what you think of your new books and which poems are your favourites.
  • Our Gladiator Display


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 2nd Mar 2018, 3:42pm
    Thank you for sharing your display. It's great to see the journey your are taking together.
  • Having fun writing poems!!

    RG@St Matthias are having a blast with the poems in the book. They went home and decided to write their own versions. They were quite happy to share them with the class!


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 9th Feb 2018, 10:48pm
    Lovely to see you inspired to pick up the baton from Carol Ann Duffy and get writing! Have a lovely half term everyone.
    Jakera Kamali 28th Feb 2018, 11:03am
    Yes, we definitely enjoy poetry. At the end of each half term we have poetry week across the school and each class learn and perform a poem. Everyone loves performing at our school.
  • Planning the story of the White Stallion.

    St Matthias gladiators deep in discussion as they plan and put together their version of the story.
    “We thought it was sad and quite an emotional book but we still liked it.” Another group member said that it reminded her of events that are happening around the world in the present time.


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 18th Jan 2018, 9:47am
    It is certainly a story that resonates. I like the way that it isn't about a specific group of people, so it works at a deeper, universal level. It makes us think about lots of similar situations. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.
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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 25th Nov 2017, 11:20pm
    An energetic and enthusiastic presentation. Thank you for submitting it, we really enjoyed it.
    Jakera Kamali 17th Jan 2018, 4:13pm
    We really enjoyed putting the presentation together and pleased that we won. We want to say thank you for the exciting books that you sent!
    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 18th Jan 2018, 6:36pm
    You are very welcome! A big wave to the super enthusiastic St Matthias Reading Gladiators.
  • Fans of ‘Pax’

    Year 6 reading gladiators @St Matthias loves the book Pax so far… We like the way the story is told through Peter and Pax’s viewpoints. One of our favourite parts is when Vola carves a wooden fox for Peter. This made us feel emotional!


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 17th Nov 2017, 11:03pm
    Helllo St Matthias Gladiators. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Do you think Vola is changing because of her relationship with Peter? She seemed to be quite unfeeling initially.
  • Y6 Reading Gladiators have entered the arena.

    Apologies we had a very busy start to the year but are now well and truly heads down! We loved Children of the King. Two different pieces of history interwoven brilliantly well. Bring on the jelly fish!


    admin 1st Nov 2017, 5:30pm
    Hello Carlton Gladiators Glad to have you with us again. Can't wait to hear what you think of the books. We are reading Pax in November. You may want to read that, and then go back to The Thing About Jellyfish later, so you can take part in the challenges. Happy Reading everyone.
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 2nd Nov 2017, 8:22am
    Welcome to the arena Carlton!
    Jakera Kamali 17th Jan 2018, 5:05pm
    Hello Carlton Gladiators, St Matthias Reading Gladiators just wanted to ask if you enjoyed reading 'A Story like the Wind'? We thought it was another great book - sad and emotional. We also liked the illustrations. What did you like about the book?
    Simon Joseph 18th Jan 2018, 9:07pm
    Hello St Matthias. Thank you for asking. We're just about to start it! We'll let you know what we think after all our Gladiators have had a chance to read it...
  • Hallsville’s Reading Gladiators

    We have really enjoyed reading The Children of the King this month and can’t wait to start The Thing About Jellyfish next week. Here are some of our wonderful Reading Gladiators with September’s completed challenge.


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 30th Sep 2017, 5:21pm
    Hello Hallsville Gladiators. I can't wait to take a closer look at your challenge entry. I'm really interested to find out which quotation you selected. Keep in touch and let us know your thoughts about The Thing About Jellyfish. It is completely different type of story to The Children of the King.
    Jakera Kamali 18th Jan 2018, 12:12pm
    Hello Hallsville Gladiators, We did not get a chance to read The Thing About Jellyfish because we started our group late. What were your thoughts on the book? Would you recommend it? We are thinking of reading it over the coming half term. From Reading Gladiators@St Matthias School.
    Lyndsey Millar 23rd Feb 2018, 4:54pm
    Hi St Matthias Gladiators. We absolutely adored The Thing About Jellyfish - for many of us, it is still our favourite read this year. If you haven't done so already, we urge you to read it. In the words of one of our gladiators, "It's one of those books that gets hold of you and won't let go until you finish it." We hope we've convinced you to pick it up and we'd love to hear what you think when you've read it yourselves.
    Jakera Kamali 28th Feb 2018, 11:01am
    Thank you for the recommendation! Yes, you have convinced us and we will definitely share our thoughts with you. Hope you are all enjoying the snow!
  • Earlsfield Gladiators

    We are currently reading The Children of the King and we are loving it!


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 30th Sep 2017, 5:23pm
    Hello Earlsfield Gladiators. That's a lovely picture of your school. I remember our challenge day last summer. We had a great welcome to your school. I am delighted to hear that you are enjoying Children of the King. Do keep us posted on your thoughts when you are reading and share your work with us. In the meantime. Happy Reading!
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