Reading Gladiators™

The Ultimate Book Club

Challenge and motivate with our award-winning reading resource for years 2-6. 

Reading Gladiators™ is changing. Whether you are an existing school or new to Reading Gladiators™, we think you will find so many benefits in our new structure, giving you greater flexibility and choice from our curated book selections. 

 

ENGAGEMENT       CHALLENGE       ASPIRATION       COLLABORATION       FLEXIBILITY

New to Reading Gladiators™

Reading Gladiators™ in a Nutshell

Challenge and motivate primary pupils in years 2-6 with our award-winning Reading Gladiators™

High-level discussion and creative response to quality texts

  • Flexible Book selection – choose titles from a curated selection to suit your group
  • Flexible Group sizes – you can decide how many children are in each group
  • Flexible Ordering – books can be ordered directly from our website anytime throughout the year, subject to availability.

The rigorous requirements of the reading framework require deep engagement and response to texts. Reading Gladiators™ helps prepare pupils for these demands immersing children in quality, challenging and varied books while fostering reading for enjoyment.

For many schools, there is an urgent need to re-establish consistent and sustained reading for pleasure. While some children will have relished the time to do this during lockdown, others may have found concentration difficult or the environment unconducive. Reading Gladiators™ can help give reading a boost. Participation in high-level discussion helps develop deeper reading skills, builds reading stamina, and nurtures adventurous readers. 

Reading Gladiators™ is designed to provide the challenge to support higher attaining readers, but the new flexible model makes it easy to tweak for different groups of readers. Furthermore, it creates reading advocates within a school who inspire other children to become aspirational readers. Peer influence and the impact on a culture of reading has been observed in many Reading Gladiators™ schools, and it is explicitly promoted in the activities that we have devised.

Flexible Organisation

Schools organise Reading Gladiators™ in different ways while still maintaining the underlying principles. From lunchtime or after-school clubs to integrating into teaching time, these short case studies show the variety of ways Reading Gladiators™ can be organised. For most schools, the book club format works very well, but in some contexts inviting children to take part during a break or after school may not be an option.

Filton Avenue Primary School, Bristol

Holcombe Primary School, Bury

Felsted Primary School, Essex

Albert Pye School, Suffolk

Most of the reading is done at home, and advice is provided for home learning and independence. Work in school is response-led and discussion-based.

Flexible Book Selection – view and purchase books

Reading Gladiators™ read a selection of books from a curated collection. During the year, the intention is to move readers from familiar reading material to more reflective reading. Each book is carefully chosen to extend reading repertories, with a range of genres represented. We include books by established and recently published authors.

You will select books from a range of titles for each year group, allowing you to tailor the club to a particular group of children. We have assigned indicative levels of challenge to the books (introduction, mid and advanced ) to make it easy to build progression. Broadly introduction books have been chosen for term one, mid for term two and advanced for term three.

 The book descriptions identify themes, facilitating the selection of books for comparison. 

Flexible Group Sizes

We recommend groups of 6-8, but you can select as many copies of the books as you need. Each child will need their own copy so they can read between sessions; it’s a key element of Reading Gladiators™ success. 

Books are purchased directly from our website, anytime throughout the year. New titles for 2021 will be added to the website in July, so you may prefer to wait and see what they are before finalising your selections.

Online Discussion Guide

The online guide provides everything you need to know about running a  Reading Gladiators™. Group and you can access a familiarisation video if you are new to running a group. The support includes:

  • How to run a group
  • A supportive reading environment
  • Introductions to the authors
  • Introductions to the books
  • Key discussion points
  • Activities for pre and post-reading
  • Downloadable resources and slideshows
  • Guidance for home learning
  • Useful links and connections
  • Suggestions for promoting wider reading

Online Community

The Reading Gladiators™ website is the main communication channel. It is a vibrant, interactive space where groups can showcase their work and share ideas. For safety reasons, posts must be made by the group leader. We do not give children logins. Posts are at the school’s discretion and in accordance with school policy. It is possible to participate without using photographs or names of children.

Each half term, we award prizes for the best updates on the website.

End of Year Challenges

At the end of the year, schools can enter the inter-school challenge. It’s a great way to celebrate your children’s reading and share experiences within school and with other schools.

YEAR 2 Sharing and record the Reading Gladiators™ experience with an audience (parents, another class, the school)
YEAR 3/4 A creative response to one book chosen from the books read during the year 
YEAR 5/6 An online book quiz hosted by Just Imagine. Teams pit their general children’s book knowledge against teams from other schools, with a creative task presented on the day

Subscription Packages

For each Reading Gladiators ™ subscription you will receive,

  • Digital access to book specific session notes
  • Online resources tailored to each title
  • Access to an online community of groups operating nationally
  • Optional Teachers bookgroup to discuss the books in each year group
  • Termly LIVE online author panel events for children to attend
  • Termly E-newsletter with updates and prize winners
  • Extension tasks with the chance to win prizes by posting updates to the website
  • Entry into annual RG showcase competition
  • Downloadable certificate of participation

Annual subscription to the website and online resources is available for school years 2-6.

1 x year  group subscription:

(gives you access to the resources for one year group. You choose any year group from year 2 – year 6)

 £100 (ex VAT)
2 x year groups subscription

(Gives you access to the resources to two year groups. You choose any two year groups from year 2 – year 6)

£200 (ex VAT)

 3+ year groups subscription:

(gives you access to ALL year groups from year 2 to year 6)

£300 (ex VAT)

Purchasing Books

Please note subscription does not include books. Reading Gladiator™ titles are ordered from our bookshop at specially discounted prices. You can order them at any time during the year, making it easy to choose each term if you prefer to do this rather than at the beginning of the year.

Schools that have taken part in Reading Gladiators™ in previous years will be able to reuse some of the books and supplement with a few new titles. The intention is that a mix of old and new will keep the reading challenge current but provide the best value for schools too.

Booking 

https://readinggladiators.org.uk/apply/

Enquiries

Tel:07704 717384 and  07704 716992

email assistant@justimagine.co.uk

Reading Gladiators™ Team

Caroline Bradley: Manager caroline@justimagine.co.uk

Wil Nicolaou/Katherine Little: Admin assistant@justimagine.co.uk

Existing Reading Gladiator™ schools 

Reading Gladiators has evolved!

  • What is the same and what is new?
  • Flexible book selection
  • Flexible group size
  • Flexible book selection
  • End of year challenges

What is the same? What is New?

Reading Gladiators is still fundamentally about high level discussion and creative response to quality texts.

We have re-modelled the Reading Gladiators™ resource to  give you more flexibility with group size and book choice. With our new book leveling of introductory, medium and advance challenges, you can create a pathway to suit different groups of readers.

You can choose which year groups to target from year 2 through to year 6, or involve all year groups within the third tier subscription

  • Flexible Organisation – run as a book club or integrate into teaching time
  • Flexible Book selection and ordering- choose titles from a curated selection to suit your group
  • Flexible Group sizes – you can decide how many children are in each group

For many schools, there is an urgent need to re- establish  consistent and sustained reading for pleasure. While some children will have relished time to do this during lockdown, others may have found concentration difficult or the environment unconducive Reading Gladiators can help give reading a boost. Participation in high-level discussion helps develop deeper reading skills, builds reading stamina and helps to nurture adventurous readers. 

Flexible group sizes

We still recommend group sizes of 6-8, but you can select as many copies of the books as you would need. You can top up existing sets to replace losses or damages. Books are  purchased directly from our website, anytime throughout the year (starting July 2021).

Flexible book selection

Gladiators read a selection of books from a curated collection. During the year, the intention is to move readers from familiar reading material to more reflective reading. The choices include the range of books that you expect from Reading Gladiator selections

You select books from the range allowing you to tailor the club to a particular group of children. We have assigned indicative levels of challenge to the books, (introduction, mid and advanced ) to make it easy to build progression. Broadly introduction books have been chosen for term one, mid for term two and advanced for term three.

 The book descriptions identify themes, facilitating the selection of books for comparison. 

Important Note

If you have sets of Reading Gladiator books in school from previous years and you subscribe to the relevant year group, you have everything you need to start the challenge. We have moved a few books into adjoining year groups to ensure balance across all five years.

A balance of old and new

The new format enables you to tailor the programme enabling you to maximise your current resources. You can easily integrate your current books with new selections to build a resource that suits the children you have targeted to be directly involved in the group sessions.

 

End of Year Challenge

We have set up three different end of year challenges to provide a differentiated experience for younger and older children.

Year 2

Sharing and record the Reading Gladiators experience with an audience (parents, another class, the school)

Years 3/4

A creative response to one book chosen from the books read during the year. 

Year 5/6

An online book quiz hosted by Just Imagine. Teams will pit their general children’s book knowledge against other schools, with a creative task presented on the day.

Subscription package

For each Reading Gladiators ™ subscription you will receive,

  • Digital access to book specific session notes
  • Online resources tailored to each title
  • Access to an online community of groups operating nationally
  • A curated selection of titles to choose from that can be tailored to your group*
  • Termly E-newsletter with updates and prize winners
  • Extension tasks with the chance to win prizes by posting updates to the website
  • Optional Teachers bookgroup to discuss the books in each year group
  • Termly LIVE online author panel events for children to attend
  • Entry into annual RG showcase competition
  • Downloadable certificate of participation

*Reading Gladiator titles can be ordered from our bookshop at specially discounted prices any time during the year.

Annual subscription to the website and online resources is available for years 2-6.

1 x year  group subscription:

(gives you access to the resources for one year group. You choose any year group from year 2 – year 6)

 £100 (ex VAT)
2 x year groups subscription

(Gives you access to the resources to two year groups. You choose any two year groups from year 2 – year 6)

£200 (ex VAT)

 3+ year groups subscription:

(gives you access to ALL year groups from year 2 to year 6)

£300 (ex VAT)

For further information, or to book https://readinggladiators.org.uk/apply/

Tel: 07704 717384 and  07704 716992

Email: assistant@justimagine.co.uk

Reading Gladiators™ Contacts

Caroline Bradley  Manager: caroline@justimagine.co.uk

Wil Nicolaou  Admin: assistant@justimagine.co.uk