Y4 West Midlands

79 days to go!


  • Word of Mouse book box

    One photo barely does justice to this detailed and inventive book box based on Word of Mouse from one of our Year 4 Reading Gladiators. I loved the use of quotes from the book but best of all I like the mouse and the trap!


    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 5th Mar 2018, 2:08pm
    Superb! What a delightfully creative response. I am glad to see the long lasting influence Word of Mouse has had on this reader. The physical act of making the book box will have consolidated their new knowledge and emotional connection with characters and what they represent. And what a wonderful resource for other readers too.
  • Little Bits of Sky-Memory Book Pages

    The Percy Shurmer Academy Year 4 group really enjoyed making their own pages to add to the memory book in Little Bits of Sky. It was so hard to choose one moment to write about, as there were so many great moments to choose from. We hope you like them!


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 2nd Feb 2018, 5:53pm
    Hello Percy Shurmer Academy. It looks as though you have worked really hard on the memory book pages. Thank you for sharing them with us.
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 5th Feb 2018, 10:36am
    Thank you Percy Shurmer gladiators. This activity is the mini-challenge for Little Bits of Sky. If you have time could you photograph the pages separately (and preferably put into a powerpoint so it is one entry) and submit via the submission tab. It can then be included in the competition. Thank you.
  • New year, new book.

    Year 4 Reading Gladiators at Broad Heath are excited to start their new true story book. We had a discussion about the front cover regards Floellas feelings and we are looking to see how this story unfolds for her.


    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 9th Jan 2018, 9:37am
    Happy New Book Broadheath Gladiators! We look forward to finding out what you think of Coming to England and you will definitely find out about Floella's feelings as the book unfolds...
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 9th Jan 2018, 10:30am
    Happy New Year! I have no doubt you will quickly fall in love with the young Floella who will tell you her story. A story that will break your heart and fill you with hope at the same time. Enjoy!
  • Frederick Bird meet Colin Parsons

    Some of our gladiators had the opportunity to attend a writers day with the science fiction author Colin Parsons. They created their own science fiction story and received pointers on how to improve them.


    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 15th Dec 2017, 3:28pm
    Great to hear this Frederick Bird. I hope he was impressed with your Gladiatorial status!
  • Malkin Moonlight

    Reading gladiators have enjoyed splitting into two groups to create their journey of Malkin. They remembered the places he visited and the different animals he saw and helped along the way.


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 27th Nov 2017, 4:52pm
    Hello Broadheath Gladiators. Thank you for posting your update. I hope I will be able to see your maps when I visit your school later this week.
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 28th Nov 2017, 12:21pm
    Just a reminder that mini-challenge entries need to be submitted as follows to be in with a chance of a prize. I'm afraid November's deadline has passed but I am glad to hear your Gladiators enjoyed the activity and I'm sure it will have helped them to consolidate the plot. Submitting a mini-challenge entry: Ensure you are logged on. Select Submission from the top menu bar. Select the relevant deadline link from the book that the mini-challenge is for. In the Title box enter your school name and the name of the mini-challenge/book. Select your file from your documents. You can add a description in the box provided should you wish.
  • Isaiah’s Words of Wisdom

    We’re sharing Henley Green’s Powerpoint of Isaiah’s favourite words. Lovely work everyone.

    Henley Green Isaiah’s-Words-of-Wisdom (1)


    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 6th Nov 2017, 9:54am
    Thank you Henley Green. We love the children's annotations. Hope you are enjoying Malkin Moonlight.
  • Miss Osborne MBE with Reading Gladiators

    We had the pleasure of sitting down with Miss Osborne MBE who entertained us with a “Word of Mouse” reading session. We really enjoyed ourselves. Thank you Miss Osborne.


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 1st Nov 2017, 5:47pm
    Hello St Matthews Gladiators, apologies this post slipped through the net. We are delighted to see you all. Hope you are enjoying the book. Happy Reading everyone.
  • Reading Gladiators met Claire Balding

    We went to King Edwards VI School where we met Claire Balding at a book signing. It was an amazing experience, which gave us a fascinating insight, inspiring us to become authors of our own stories.


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 1st Nov 2017, 5:51pm
    Hello St Matthews Gladiators. You are certainly having some special experiences. Have you read Claire's book yet? Hope you enjoy this month's book. Be sure t let us know what you think.
  • Frederickbird y4 gladiators West Midlands

    Gladiators enjoying our first session.


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 2nd Oct 2017, 4:55pm
    Hello Frederick Bird Gladiators. Now, your pictures put a whole new spin on 'Reading Gladiators'. By the way, who was Frederick Bird?
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 3rd Oct 2017, 9:27am
    Love your Gladiator mascot! Armed and ready to read!
  • Henley Green Primary School Y4

    Our Year 4 Reading Gladiators – all looking forward to the reading adventure.


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 22nd Sep 2017, 12:08am
    Hello Henley Green Gladiators, lovely to see you. We hope you enjoy 'Word of Mouse'. I wonder what will happen to Isaiah?
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 22nd Sep 2017, 11:47am
    I have now uploaded the Word of Mouse Quiz. Your pupils can access this from the Quizzes tab on the top menu bar - no log in required