Welcome to Reading Gladiators™ 2018-2019

Welcome to Reading Gladiators 2018-2019!

The Reading Gladiators team are delighted to be entering our 4th year with so much positive feedback from teachers across the country and the proud recognition of the programme’s success, as finalists in the Teach Primary Resource Award. We hope you are excited to embark on your Reading Gladiators journey with your new group of readers, or maybe you are new to Reading Gladiators this year and have your first group. We have no doubt that you will develop a close bond with your group as you share together the great reads in each of our programmes this year.  Through discussion and creative response your gladiators will enhance their understanding and pleasure of the stories you share, developing some fundamental skills along the way, fostering a curiosity to seek out new authors and titles and above all enhancing a genuine pleasure in reading.

Joining the website community

Accessing the Reading Gladiators website is essential to the successful running of your group. Not only can you interact with other schools and share good practice, the website provides all the updates regarding Reading Gladiator news and competitions and most importantly all the resources you need to carry out the activities in the discussion guides. You will find template letters for parents and an independent reading questionnaire that you can carry out at both the beginning and the end of the programme as a qualitative impact tool.
You should have received your log in details. If you haven’t received your details, do check your SPAM and add us to your contacts if necessary. Please let us know if you have any problems logging in and we will be hapy to get you started. Email gladiators@justimaginestorycentre.co.uk for support.


Getting started

Ideas regarding how to run your group can be found in the Guidance for Group Leaders/Discussion Guides: a hard copy of which you will have received along with your book delivery. The guides are also available  for your reference on the website, in the resources area.
There are also introductory powerpoint presentations for all three year groups available to view, which offer further guidance on how to make the most of the website.


The first webinar: Starting your Reading Gladiators Group will be recorded and available on the website from 10th September. This webinar will run through the challenges for 2018-19, setting up the group, using the website and entering the optional mini-challenges. You will have the opportunity to join a live broadcast of the webinar on Tuesday 11th September or Wednesday 19th September, in which you will be able to make clarify and ask questions. To register to attend the free webinar on 11th September please click here:  WEBINAR REGISTRATION

Monthly Update of the Month:Win £100 books!

Each month there will be a competition for updates made to the Reading Gladiators website with a prize of £100 worth of books for your school. Making a first update couldn’t be easier. Take a photograph of your group (with the relevant permissions) and introduce them to the Reading Gladiators community.   You could take your photograph in the place where you will be holding the sessions: this could be a reading nook, outdoor classroom or cosy corner of the library or classroom. We encourage creating a display space (with your gladiators) where they can share Reading Gladiator news with the rest of the school. This would also make a great first update (with some exciting comments about what the gladiators are looking forward to or their questions about being a Reading Gladiator). Select Manage Updates from the top menu to upload your photo.

Important note: Please check the discussion guides before sharing books with the children, as some pre-reading activities are more effective before children have seen the book jackets.

Delivery update

All Year 4 and Year 2 books (for bookings made prior to the earlybird booking deadline) were dispatched before the end of the summer term. Year 6 books are being dispatched week commencing 3rd September. Year 2 bookings received after the earlybird booking deadline will be sent after 20th September when we receive the next delivery from the printers.. Any other orders received after the 20th August will  also be fulfilled after the 20th September.
Reading Gladiators challenges start in October 2018  and run to the beginning of July 2019.
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