Y6 Midlands

143 days to go!


  • Alphabest

    Gladiator Chloe was inspired by the Carol Ann Duffy poem ‘The Alphabest’ to create her own version. We think it’s pretty amazing!


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 8th Feb 2018, 1:36pm
    Well done, Chloe. No wonder the other Gladiators are proud of your achievement. You have captured the mood of the original with your own unique variation.
  • Line of Fire Artistic Response

    The children were really taken with Barroux’s illustrations, and each picked their favourite panels. They asked whether they could create their own pieces – this is using the text from p.76 and 77. They thought about the power of colour in order to add to the mood and atmosphere of the words.


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 5th Jan 2018, 11:56pm
    I really like the way you have been inspired by Barroux' illustrations but have innovated by adding the yellow. The colour choice is evocative of the gas that was used in the trenches and it works well because you have been economic with the application. Well done everyone.
  • In the Line of Fire

    Although we missed the submission date, we were pleased to finish the mini-challenge as we can now share it with the rest of the school.


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 19th Dec 2017, 11:48pm
    Stunning artwork St Matthews Gladiators. The use of red for the poppies in an otherwise monochromatic picture is very effective. Thank you for sharing your work with us.
  • Working on Line of Fire

    The snow did its best to stop us completing the Line of Fire mini-challenge by the deadline … but we kept working on it anyway.

  • The Thing About Jellyfish

    So far, this has been our favourite book this year. We loved how it had lots of facts about jellyfish while also telling a story, and it had a mix of emotions throughout the text.

    Tega – I just love it.
    Josh – It reminds us that friends are important.
    Andre – It teaches us how to teach other people.
    Diana – It shows us how things can change.

    Daisy’s review: ‘The thing about Jellyfish’ is a great and interesting book, if I could read it again I definitely would. First of all, the main character in this book is called Suzanne (also called Suzy and Zu throughout the story) who is the perspective this book is written from. Additionally, Suzy meets her soon to be best friend at swimming guppies, Franny, their friendship carrying on till they go to middle school (a school in America ranging from students 9 – 13 years old).

    Unfortunately, Franny apparently ‘drowns’ while on holiday after their last week of middle school. This leaves Suzy devasted, hurt and even guilty. While on a school trip to an aquarium, Zu begins to assume how this could’ve happened – Franny was a brilliant swimmer, what went wrong? That’s when she jumps to conclusions. Maybe a jellyfish stung her…

    All in all, Ali Benjamin did great describing Zu’s emotions throughout the book. I’ve still left out a lot of details, maybe you could finish Zu’s story and find out what did kill Franny…

    Rating: 9/10


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 29th Nov 2017, 12:56pm
    What a superb update. We love your thoughtful responses and the display. It should encourage other children to read it. Great work, everyone.
  • The Mount Nod Team!

    We are all looking forward to the challenge of Reading Gladiators and are enjoying our first book!


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 26th Sep 2017, 4:12pm
    Hello Mount Nod Gladiators! You are in for some reading treats this year. Let us know what you think about the books. Happy Reading
  • St Matthew’s Reading Gladiators

    My group are loving the first book and are excited about our next discussion session. Go Gladiators!


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 24th Sep 2017, 4:20pm
    Hi St Matthews Gladiators! A big wave from our barn in Essex to all of you in Birmingham. We are looking forward to hearing your thoughts about the first book. Happy Reading!
  • Griffydam’s Y6 Gladiators

    Our Griffydam Gladiators have been chosen and are ready to read! We’re all so excited to be a part of the project and are looking forward to the challenges ahead!


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 4th Sep 2017, 10:04am
    Hello Year 6 Griffydam Gladiators. Lovely to see you all. We are looking forward to hearing your thoughts about the books that you are reading this year!
  • 2017 – 2018 Challenges

    The 2016 – 17 challenges are now finished and we are enrolling schools for 2017-18. Why not join us?