Newsletter March 2020

Mini-challenge Winners!
A huge well done to all the groups that entered the mini-challenges this month. 
The winners are:
Year 2:
Well done to Bridge Learning Campus!
Year 2 Reading Gladiators were asked to work together to design an ice cream, and give it an alliterative name. Everyone seems to have really enjoyed this mini challenge and we had a lot of delicious entries to judge! We appreciated the thought and effort that had gone into your entries, and it was ever so difficult to pick a winner. Some groups had even made and sampled the ice cream, and many had chosen wonderful words. Bridge Learning Campus sent us a super, collaborative collage featuring two lots of alliterative words and a rhyme. We really appreciated the different contributions from group members in your entry. You are our worthy winners.
Year 4:
Some very creative entries in Year 4; from a shape poem in the shape of a fossil to a narrative poem written in reverse alphabetical order!
Chrissie Gittens was thrilled with your work. This was her response when we sent her a sample of the entries:
“What ingenious and imaginative writing – covering the whole gamut of the poems. And such fabulous illustrations – and an assemblage!”
Congratulations to The Iver Village Junior School in Buckinghamshire for their winning entry.      
Year 6:
The quality of entries was so high again this month – you gave the team a huge challenge to choose just one winner. The illustrations demonstrated that the Gladiators had developed a deep understanding of the text as well as having a mature appreciation of the style of Neil Packer’s illustrations.  After much deliberation we selected The Grove Primary as our winners. We loved the style of their illustration and the additional challenge of some Greek writing. Thank you for all your amazing entries. We have been featuring them on Twitter to share them with the wider world. Here is the winning entry:
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Advance Notice End of Year Challenges:
June may seem a long way off, but you may wish to bear in mind the final challenge when you are working through your last few titles.

Year 2

The final challenge for Year 2  is to hold an end of year picnic/tea party with parents where you can make a collage of your reading journey together. Collages should be photographed and submitted via the website.

Year 4

Year 4 Reading Gladiator groups will need to put together a 5 minute presentation to share. They will also take part in a quiz.  Those areas with enough schools and a willing host school will be able to have an inter-school competition. If you are interesting in hosting for your area, please contact with your details.  Alternatively schools can perform their presentation in school and submit a slide presentation to us for judging.

Year 6

A legacy project to enrich the reading culture of the school and benefit other pupils. Projects could include creating a permanent reading space or a reading resource or establishing an annual reading related event. The project should be recorded via a slide presentation and submitted in the usual way on the website.

We will be posting further information before the Easter break.