Y2 London

5 days to go!


  • Its the final countdown!

    We have started out final project and we were lucky enough to have some of our parents/carers join us today! Every one is having a great time making their Reading Gladiator Journey and I cant wait to see the final outcome!


    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 5th Jun 2018, 7:52am
    We can't wait either! It's great to see you being joined by parents and carers to share your enjoyment of your reading journey.
  • Erica’s Elephant!

    We are really enjoying our new book! Misty likes the fact that it is a bit unexpected! McKenzie likes it because it reminds him of Mango and Bambang. We like the author’s jokes in brackets and the way the elephant always says “Tronk!” We also think we have worked out that it is set in Brighton, using clues from the text!


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 24th May 2018, 5:13pm
    Ooo - what clues did you find?
    Gemma Crozier 7th Jun 2018, 1:30pm
    There is a pier and a pebble beach!
  • Message from the Moon

    The Reading Gladiators are enjoying choosing their favourite poems from Message from the Moon.


    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 9th Mar 2018, 11:57am
    So many good ones to choose from! Which do you like best?
    Leilani Vivian 13th Mar 2018, 11:20am
    Saba enjoys Message from the Moon, because the book was named after this poem. Thea's favourite poem was After the Fireworks because it had really good vocabulary. She liked the word weald. Riley's favourite poem was 'The Killer caterpillar because it was really exciting and a bit mysterious.'
  • Do Not Cross

    Y2 at Hallsville Primary in Newham created ‘Do not cross’ signs during their first reading gladiator session in March.

  • World Book Day

    Here is how St Matthias Reading Gladiators celebrated WBD. We dressed up as our favourite book characters and avoided the snow by reading inside instead!


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 2nd Mar 2018, 2:39pm
    I spy Paddington, The Cat in the Hat, a couple of Bat Girls. And do I see a Worst Witch, or a character from Harry Potter?
    Gemma Crozier 8th Mar 2018, 4:24pm
    No, the witch is Winnie the Witch. We also have a Matilda and a Wilf the mighty Worrier!
  • Green aliens!

    We loved the alien poem today, we read the description of the alien in the poem and then drew how we pictured the alien to look. We were amazed at how we all pictured the alien in a different way!


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 19th Feb 2018, 10:29pm
    Oh, what wonderful Aliens. All different but all recognisable. You have interpreted the poem very thoughtfully. Well done.
    Gemma Crozier 28th Feb 2018, 12:38pm
    Great drawings! Our favourite poem was 'Tiger, tiger'. Maybe we could draw some pictures too! From St Matthias.
  • Yokki and the Parno Gry

    Today we read a book by the same author as Ossiri called ‘Yokki and the Parno Gry.’ This story was about a traveller boy who lived in a Canvas tent. There were lots of similarities to the story Ossiri. We thoroughly enjoyed reading another book by the same author.


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 29th Jan 2018, 5:03pm
    Thank you for telling us about 'Yokki and the Parno Gry'. Did you think the characters were similar or was it the story?
    Gemma Crozier 28th Feb 2018, 12:37pm
    Wow, thanks for sharing. We would like to read 'Yokki and the Parno Guy' too. Were there any ogres in this story? From St Matthias, year 2 group.
  • We are recyclers too!

    Following on from reading ‘Ossiri’ we have made our own musical instruments using recycling materials.


    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 24th Jan 2018, 11:05am
    Your instruments look amazing Altmore! I wonder if they sound as good as they look.
  • Our Dreams….

    In Year 2, we received our book Ossiri today. We looked at the pictures on the front cover and predicted who we thought the characters might be.
    We started to read the story and stopped at the point where Ossiri dreamed she could become a musician.
    We discussed our dreams for the future and wrote these down.


    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 16th Jan 2018, 1:31pm
    It will be so interesting to keep these and look back on them when you are older and see which of your dreams have come true!
    Gemma Crozier 19th Jan 2018, 12:03pm
    Kaiya was so excited when Ossiri started playing music for the Bala Mengro, he said " I think her dream will come true and she will be a musician!" We hope your dreams come true as well. From St Matthias Year 2.
  • We Adore Snakes!

    Altmore Infant Reading Gladiators made this persuasive poster to encourage everyone to like snakes.


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 6th Jan 2018, 3:30pm
    There are lots of good reasons to adore snakes on your poster.
    Gemma Crozier 16th Jan 2018, 12:41pm
    Wow! St Matthias reading gladiator group think this is a great poster! We especially like the different words and the title because it makes us feel like getting a pet snake! Maybe you could make another excellent poster about a different animal, like a spider or a crocodile! From St Matthias, year 2.
  • We Love Snakes!

    We made a poster to persuade people why they should like snakes! On our poster we included our very own snake climbing a wall and some of our favourite facts about snakes, we thought it was amazing that they hear with their jaw and smell with their tongue! Most of us didn’t like snakes before reading the book but now we do!


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 5th Jan 2018, 11:31pm
    I wonder if there are any other animals that people often dislike that are as fascinating as snakes? Nicola Davies wrote another book called Surprising Sharks because she thought it wasn't fair that they were always cast as 'baddies'.
    Beth Burrows 17th Jan 2018, 4:16pm
    Wow! What an amazing poster! We really like the 3D snake and it's very realistic. Well done for finding such interesting facts too! From the Frederick Bird Reading Gladiators, Coventry, West Midlands.
  • I (don’t) like snakes!

    Muyeen really enjoyed our book so made his own snake at home. He used a straw to make the body and some card for the head and tongue.


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 20th Dec 2017, 7:58pm
    That's a lovely snake, Muyeen. Not at all frightening. We are really pleased you enjoyed the book.
  • Fire and Ice Dragon!


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 17th Nov 2017, 11:51am
    I liked the idea of a two-headed dragon with contrasting characteristics. Brilliant!
  • Fire and Ice Dragon description

    All pupils decided upon the dragon’s characteristics and appearance. We used thesauruses to expand our vocabulary and engage our readers!

    Beam County Primary School


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 17th Nov 2017, 11:49am
    Some superb collaboration around Moon Dragons. Well done Beam Gladiators!
  • Fire and Ice Dragon!

    We made our own Fire and Ice Dragon after being inspired by the Moon Dragons. It was a fantastic group effort!


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 17th Nov 2017, 11:46am
    A stunning model and I like the way you designed before making it. Thank you for sharing.
  • Grey Island, Red Boat

    The Gladiators of Five Elms really enjoyed acting out a scene from the story.


    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 15th Nov 2017, 8:57pm
    I love the expressions on your faces! I think you are acting out the part when the fisherman brings Wendell to shore - am I right?
  • Grey Island, Red Boat

    Both the children and the parents are really enjoying discussing the book. Here the children are talking about the meanings of the words


    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 15th Nov 2017, 8:55pm
    How wonderful to see you enjoying reading together.
  • Silhouettes, Silhouettes, Silhouettes

    This week we continued to read ‘Grey Island, Red boat’ and loved every bit of it. We noticed in the book we couldn’t see any of the characters facial expressions. This week we started to make our own silhouette pictures. We cut out a picture of our side profile and then drew around it. Next week we are going to paint our faces black with a coloured background. We will choose colours that make our eyes TICKLE!


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 14th Nov 2017, 8:04am
    Hello Altmore Gladiators. Super artwork! You might want to look at Jan Pienkowski's Fairy Tales to see more wonderful silhouettes. Well done everyone.
  • “Grey is a sad colour!”

    At Altmore we started our November book ‘Grey Island, Red Boat’ by Ian Beck.
    Before we started reading our new book we discussed in small groups what specific colours make us think of and how specific colours made us feel.

    We predicted what the story would be about and discussed what colour boat we would have if we had written this story.
    “I would have a pink boat. Pink is my favourite colour and makes me feel cheerful.”
    “I would have a gold boat to make it look rich and like treasure.”
    We read chapters 1-3 and are so excited to keep reading on. In the book we noticed that in the pictures we never see the characters full face. We wander why?


    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 7th Nov 2017, 1:41pm
    Brilliant work Gladiators! I would have a rainbow coloured boat to keep people guessing!
    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 7th Nov 2017, 10:40pm
    Ah, think I would choose a green boat, as green as the deepest forest. I think forest green is a peaceful, relaxing colour.
  • Moon Dragons

    The children designed their own dragons and talked about them. They combined all their favourite parts to make their group Music Dragon.

    Jemma Buckle
    Five Elms Primary School


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 1st Nov 2017, 6:29pm
    Hello Five Elms Gladiators. This is a beautiful imaginative dragon. I love the idea of music instead of flames. It reminds me of a television programme when I was younger called The Clangers. The Soup Dragon used to like music. I think they brought The Clangers back recently but it was just a black and white television programme when I watched it. Can you imagine that?