Y6 North of England

13July
143 days to go!

Updates

  • Poetry Fever

    Year 6 have explored the collection of Carol Ann Duffy’s poems and picked and performed some of their favourites. We love the variety and the chance to explore the rhythm and flow of each poem.
    The challenge is to learn and perform two at Gladiators next week, and write a poem in the style of their favourite so far.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 9th Feb 2018, 7:40pm
    I'd love to be a fly on the wall for your performance session. A wave to St Joseph and St Bede Gladiators from the Reading Gladiators team.... and cheerio courgette!
  • Totally Captivated…

    Well- what a stunning book we have this term. Two sessions in and we are hooked… some fantastic predictions demo year 6 in our first session as we linked this text to other texts and picture books we have read such as ‘The Journey’ and ‘Refuge’. #resilience

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 20th Jan 2018, 4:20pm
    Hello St Joseph and St Bede Gladiators. A Story Like the Wind is a beautiful, lyrical story - almost like reading poetry. Some other books that could be read alongside this one include Shaun' Tan's The Arrival, David Miller Refugees (the refugees might not be what you expect) and Armin Greder's Mediterranean (only read this one if you can cope with very dark, sad themes).
  • Line of Fire Newspaper

    Our Y6 Reading Gladiators thoroughly enjoyed creating a newspaper article about ‘Line of Fire.’

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 5th Jan 2018, 11:51pm
    An informative piece and good to see that you have thought about providing information for anyone affected by the bombing.
    Deborah Binns 19th Jan 2018, 12:29pm
    We like the way your newspaper looks so smart. The headline is bold and clear.We have not read this book yet, but now we are intrigued! Love from the Mersey Drive Gladiators.
    Lisa Toal 22nd Jan 2018, 4:27pm
    We love the design of your newspaper, from Sedgley Park Y4 Reading Gladiators.
  • Pax

    Enjoying our muffins!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 20th Dec 2017, 8:03pm
    Now you are just making me jealous with your lovely Pax muffins. MMmmmmm.
    Jeremy Atkinson 23rd Jan 2018, 3:32pm
    The Saint Paul’s children want to tell you that they love your cakes and are now looking to design and make their own horse cakes for the book they are currently reading!
  • Pax watercolours

    Do you like our fox pictures? We observed some photographs carefully to capture their likeness.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 19th Dec 2017, 11:43pm
    We LOVE your pictures. You have captured the likeness of foxes and the colour is spot on too. Are you going to display them in your class?
    Catherine Daniels 26th Jan 2018, 7:03pm
    The Churchfield Gladiators in Barnsley love your paintings. We like how each fox looks unique and slightly crafty!
  • Pax

    We celebrated our last session of the year by making Pax buns!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 19th Dec 2017, 11:40pm
    This is such a cool idea. I wish I lived close by; I would be popping in for tea!
  • Happy Christmas

    Our last session of the year. Happy Christmas to everyone!

    Comments

    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 15th Dec 2017, 3:29pm
    How very festive. A very Merry Christmas to you too and to all the Gladiators in the North of England.
  • Extreme Reading

    We are taking part in the extreme reading challenge- take a photo of yourself reading in extreme conditions. We chose the spooky tree!

    Comments

    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 1st Dec 2017, 9:29am
    That looks like fun! I hope you are enjoying Pax.
  • Y6 Our Lady of Grace Reading Gladiators

    The Y6 Reading Gladiators were very happy today to receive the new book ‘Line of Fire’ and to receive a new sparkly gold journal.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 27th Nov 2017, 1:33pm
    Hello, Our Lady of Grace Gladiators. We are excited to hear what you think of the new book - and to see how you use those lovely looking journals. Happy Reading!
  • Churchfield’s Pax Presentation

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 24th Nov 2017, 9:55pm
    Fabulous presentation, Churchfield Gladiators. Another hit!
  • Our Runner-Up Prize Books!

    We were ecstatic to find out that we were runners up in the ‘Children of the King’ mini-challenge. We were also extremely excited when our package of books arrived at school…
    Three of the books have already been chosen from our class’ bookshelf!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 24th Nov 2017, 7:33pm
    Hello Churchfield Gladiators. We are delighted that you like the books. We also loved The Thing About Jellyfish scene that you sent us. You are producing some super work.
  • Pax Display

    The children have been set the challenge of creating a display in our new library, which responds to Pax and promotes the upcoming Reading Gladiator texts. The children are in LOVE with Pax, and this drawing was emailed to me for the display just 30 mins after our Gladiators meeting after school – this evening! #inspired #hookedonreading

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 24th Nov 2017, 7:34pm
    In the style of Jon Klassen! I love the texture on Pax's coat, beautifully observed.
  • Year 6 Explore: Themes

    This week, we had some teachers from cluster schools join us for our Gladiators session. They wanted to see first hand the impact Reading Gladiators is having on the children and their reading engagement and progress. The St Joseph’s Gladiators identified many themes between chapters 7 and 10 and made impressive links to wider society, past and present. We debated whether war is always the answer, and compared the contrasting opinions of Pax and Grey. The adults were amazed by their language and enthusiasm- not just for Pax- but for reading in general. A very proud teacher! Here are some of the wider themes they discussed.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 23rd Nov 2017, 11:02pm
    What an uplifting update. Your Gladiators are doing you proud. Thank you for sharing this feedback with us #spreadingtheword
  • Snow Castle

    We have glued on our favourite quotes from the book.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 23rd Nov 2017, 5:16pm
    A very creative way to share those quotes. Are you going to display it in the library with copies of the book so that other children can read it? I'm sure they will have been inspired by your enthusiasm and creativity.
  • Snow Castle

    Check out our model of Snow Castle.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 23rd Nov 2017, 5:13pm
    The Reading Gladiators team are impressed with this creative response to the book. Glad to see your mascot is in the picture!
  • New Mascot

    Meet our new mascot Gladator the Gladiator!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 23rd Nov 2017, 3:45pm
    Hi Mersey Drive! Loving your slightly scary mascot!
  • The book is finished!

    We are feeling quite sad to say goodbye to the book, but looking forward to the next challenge!

    Comments

    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 21st Nov 2017, 10:15am
    You may well feel the same way about The Thing About Jellyfish when you reach the end of that too! Onward and Upward Gladiators - there is always a new challenge to face.
    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 21st Nov 2017, 1:55pm
    Hello Mersey Drive Gladiators. Lovely to hear from you. Caroline is right about the Thing About Jellyfish. Perhaps you would like to read Pax or Line of Fire next so that you can take part in the mini-challenges? And then you could come back to The Thing About Jellyfish later.
  • Children of the King

    Year six made bookmarks to illustrate the themes in Children of the King.

    Comments

    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 21st Nov 2017, 10:13am
    Lovely idea Mersey Drive and a useful aide memoir as you are reading too.
    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 21st Nov 2017, 1:57pm
    Those book marks look great. I really like the way that you have used the silhouette technique that is used for the front cover.
  • Getting creative!

    We used black and white shapes and symbols to illustrate the key themes in the book “Children of the King”.

    Comments

    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 21st Nov 2017, 10:10am
    Very creative indeed and nice simple way to represent some complex ideas. Well done Gladiators!
    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 21st Nov 2017, 1:57pm
    That's a very striking image - super design work.
  • Library relaunch!

    Some our Year 6 gladiators have used their enthusiasm for reading to support the further development of our school library. This week they were on hand at our library relaunch to support children, and families, with picking the right book for them! #welovereading #inspiringothers

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 11th Nov 2017, 2:06pm
    This is exciting news. We are delighted to hear about the library relaunch.
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 12th Nov 2017, 2:27pm
    Fabulous! Who better to guide others around your new look library. Would love to hear which titles are your top recommends.
    Heather Daly 23rd Nov 2017, 10:26pm
    The children are widely recommending Goodnight Mister Tom; Wonder; listen to the Moon; Children of the King and The Book Thief- some ambitious recommendations but they are on hand to discuss and buddy up with children in library club too!
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 27th Nov 2017, 12:25pm
    Fantastic. Thanks for sharing Heather.