Summer 1 Newsletter 2021

Celebrating Achievement: keeping on track

We are so pleased to see how creative Reading Gladiator Groups have been during the Lockdown periods. Gladiators and their group leaders have shown commitment, resilience and determination, not letting the difficult circumstances get between them and sharing some excellent books. Heroes all.

First Mini-challenge winners of the year!

Again, such admiration for those schools who have found a way to enter the mini-challenges. Here are the winners with a representation of all their efforts. Remember you can see posts from other schools on the website and leave your comments of support or observations. Just select your year group from the top menu bar.

Year 2

Knockhall Primary did lots of fantastic work on The Misadventures of Frederick during Lockdown.

Year 2  Leedon Lower School were inspired by Poems Aloud and performed their own poem Say How You Feel

Year 4

Heathrow Gladiators did some excellent robot research and Bridge Learning Campus created a beautiful narrative of Chalk Eagle.

‘The Runaway Robot was an inspirational and heartwarming read, which has motivated the children to explore similar titles.’ Heathrow Primary

Year 5

Knockhall Primary created their own poem inspired by The House on the Lake and St Frideswide C of E Primary School’s Star of Ishtar demonstrated a super understanding of Tamarind and the Star of Ishta.


Year 6

The Year 6 Gladiators at Weston on Trent Primary chose to use a carriage to represent each of the main characters in The Skylarks’ War, and each carriage has golden illustrations linked to the character. For Rupert, there is a gun and uniform to show his time in the army, as well as a quill to represent the letters he sent. Lucy is also pictured waving him off. Clarry has a butterfly on her carriage, as well as books to show her interest in and love of learning, while Peter has plaster-cast to remind us of his broken leg, and a stethoscope for his later studies. Each quote is picked to show a bit of the character’s personality (Rupert – rebellious, Clarry – frustrated, Peter – cantankerous). They loved the book and they are looking to forward to reading The Swallows’ Flight.




Pass on the Passion

We are always so pleased to see Reading Gladiators sharing their work.

The Year 4 Gladiators at Heathrow Primary ‘had a blast researching robots through the decades’ and this display from East Hunsbury Primary is sure to draw more pupils towards Skylarks’ War.

New Flexible Format

Reading Gladiators is getting revamped! Have you seen details of our new flexible structure? From September 2021 schools can select the books they want to use for each year group and we are adding Year 3 books to the current selections so Reading Gladiator groups can run from Years 2-6.  This will help you support the specific needs of your children, with books targeted at the right level.   The other major change is the introduction of a subscription, which will give access to all (selected) notes for a particular year group past and present, so if you have any sets of RG books from previous years but have mislaid the guidance notes, they can be used in group sessions. All the details are on the About page and there is a short film explaining what to expect from Reading Gladiators next year.


Keep up the excellent work Gladiators and remember to let us know how you are getting on.