Y2 East

Welcome to the 2018-19 Reading Gladiators challenges. Let the reading begin!

Updates

  • Submission by The Albert Pye Community Primary School

    Albert Pye freeze frame story circle.

    The children loved this activity and it really helped them to understand how the characters felt, it was really difficult to choose which pictures to use !The children decided on the captions and it was great to hear them using some of the new vocabulary they have met in the story.

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    Comments

    Sara Stanley 13th Dec 2018, 8:42am
    We also loved this and can appreciate how much work must have gone into deciding what to include in your story circle. We get a real sense of the power of the book here, so well done Gladiators.
  • Submission by Stock C of E Primary School

    The wolf, the duck and the mouse

    Freeze frames by Stock CE Primary

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    Comments

    Sara Stanley 13th Dec 2018, 8:40am
    You have some very dramatic Gladiators ! We loved how you conveyed not just the characters emotions so well, but also how you were a real community and worked together to create the scenery conveying the sense of what it must have felt like to be inside the wolf. Great work Gladiators
  • Submission by Wormley C of E Primary School

    The eyes tell a story!

    Year 2 reading gladiators use freeze frames to retell the story. Look into their eyes to see how they're feeling!

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    Comments

    Sara Stanley 12th Dec 2018, 7:58am
    You certainly have captured the eyes! A fantastic way to retell a story is to share the emotions and thoughts through this method and Jon Klasson is an expert. Well done Gladiators
  • Submission by St George’s C of E Primary School, Colchester

    St Georges C of E Primary School – The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse

    Our Year 2 Reading Gladiators loved getting into character and freezing framing key events in the story 'The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse'.

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    Comments

    Sara Stanley 12th Dec 2018, 7:55am
    We love how much fun you've made reading this book look. Wonderful team work and expressions. Thank you for sharing this with us St Georges Gladiators
  • Planet Awesome!

    Year 2 loved the illustrations in this super non fiction book. Here they are selecting their favourite pages. Next week we will be tackling some of the tricky vocabulary!

    Comments

    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 7th Dec 2018, 1:12pm
    They look totally engrossed! We'd love to see the group's favourite spread - perhaps you could vote on it - giving the children a chance to practise arguing/debating skills.
  • Freeze Frame

    The mouse and the duck asking to be swallowed again, can you guess which Gladiator is the wolf?

    Comments

    Sara Stanley 6th Dec 2018, 10:06pm
    We think it’s the very sad looking character who is wondering where he can get some tummy ache medicine !
  • Freeze Frame

    We had a wonderful session reading through the story again, all the Gladiators have loved this book. We discussed the main events and we were really proud that we identified all 6 of them. Everyone really enjoyed ‘Freeze Frame’, look at our brave mouse and duck saving the wolf. One of our Gladiators matched this with the ‘Strength is not about size’ moral of the tale.
    Super impressed Gladiators!

    Comments

    Sara Stanley 6th Dec 2018, 10:04pm
    What a fabulous and dramatic image ! This captures the intensity of the story perfectly Gladiators
    Rachel Elvidge 7th Dec 2018, 12:30pm
    Love this! This book was our favourite so far. Have you read I Want My Hat Back? It's very funny too!
    Lucy Damore 9th Dec 2018, 3:58pm
    We have I Want My Hat Back on our classroom book shelf. It's one of our favourites too.
  • And another hunter and wolf!

    It is going to be hard to pick pictures for our mini challenge, they are all so good!

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 28th Nov 2018, 9:37am
    I don't envy you having to select! Great use of body language here.
    Sara Stanley 28th Nov 2018, 3:29pm
    I love how the word flashes in the background could represent the hunters gunshots
    Marsha Hopley 28th Nov 2018, 8:54pm
    The children will be delighted with this observation!
  • Freeze frame fun at Albert Pye!

    Hi Burnham, like you, we all enjoyed creating freeze frames and everyone was keen to have a go at being the hunter. I love the wolf’s eyes in this one.

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 28th Nov 2018, 9:36am
    What wonderful expression! Your wolf has captured some powerful emotions here.
  • Albert Pye Gladiators

    The children enjoyed looking at the style of the illustrations and how the eyes conveyed the feelings of the character. They were all keen to see if they could draw like Jon Klassen and found it much harder than they thought! They were all so positive and supportive of each other’s efforts!

    Comments

    Sara Stanley 27th Nov 2018, 11:59am
    What wonderful illustrations and Yes, eyes are so important aren't they? You might be interested to read this interview with him on this subject. https://www.artofthepicturebook.com/-check-in-with/2014/10/15/interview-with-jon-klassen
  • Freeze!! Freeze frame fun at Burnham.

    This was a new technique for the children but they really enjoyed it! I wonder if you can guess which scene is being recreated before your eyes?

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 21st Nov 2018, 6:22am
    Great expression and stance here! I wonder if this is the part where the hunter shoots at the wolf?
    Rachel Elvidge 22nd Nov 2018, 11:45am
    Well done Sam! A sticker for you!
    Marsha Hopley 26th Nov 2018, 12:25pm
    Freeze frames for us tomorrow!
  • Our proud Year 2 Gladiators

    Enjoying a visit from the Just Imagine team

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 20th Nov 2018, 11:55pm
    Hello Year 2 St George's. Caroline told us she had a lovely visit to your school. We hope you are enjoying the books.
    Katie Crouch 5th Dec 2018, 7:29pm
    Hi Nicola My year 2 group loved the story 'The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse'. They all enjoyed the freeze-framing activity and we hope to share our photos.
  • Chappel Year 2 with Book 1

    Year 2 have enjoyed their first book: especially the super shiny palace page

    Comments

    Rachel Elvidge 20th Nov 2018, 4:01pm
    That was our favourite page too! Have you seen Albert Pye school's amazing display based on that page? (It's not my school, in case you thought I was showing off!)
    Marsha Hopley 26th Nov 2018, 11:52am
    Thanks for your kind words, Albert Pye Gladiators will be thrilled!
    Marsha Hopley 26th Nov 2018, 10:57pm
    Thanks Rachel from all the Gladiators at Albert Pye.
    Marsha Hopley 28th Nov 2018, 8:56pm
    We are glad you liked it Rachel. Thank you.
    Rachel Elvidge 7th Dec 2018, 12:50pm
    You're welcome, Marsha! I love your school, you have such great ideas!
  • The Wolf, The Duck and The Mouse

    Kessingland Gladiators had a great time being the Duck and the Mouse in our readers theatre session. Some fabulous accents and actions Gladiators! Using the text and the pictures we thought the duck feels safe in the wolf’s belly and is no longer ‘scared and anxious in the woods anymore’. We all agreed this is a great way to read together.
    I wonder if any of our predictions about how the 3 characters will feature in the book will be accurate? We’ll have to wait and see…….

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 18th Nov 2018, 6:01pm
    Fantastic! It's so uplifiting to see you having a great time.
    Rachel Elvidge 22nd Nov 2018, 11:47am
    We love Readers' Theatre. this week I made my own script from The Glassmaker's Daughter and all of year 2 had a go!
    Marsha Hopley 26th Nov 2018, 11:50am
    Reader's theatre was a huge hit with the Albert Pye Gladiators and a new technique to me, their 60 plus year old teacher! Who said you can't teach an old dog new tricks! We have ended up with a second envelope of predictions as all the children were so keen to guess what will happen after 'Tonight we ride to defend our home!'.
  • Through the looking glass…

    Our Y2 readers use a looking glass, just like Daniela, to change their melancholy faces into happy ones!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 11th Nov 2018, 10:59pm
    Thank you for sharing. Smiles are catching. We've noticed that whenever we see pictures of smiling Gladiators, we can't help smiling ourselves here at Just Imagine headqaurters.
  • John Ray Infants – Feeling mask-tastic!

    Our two groups, Centaurs & Dragons, are currently enchanted with The Glassmaker’s Daughter. They are also intrigued by the language, in awe of the illustrations and every time we’ve encountered Daniela thus far, they have commented that “she’s still grumpy!”

    Just before half term we met “the most famous mask maker, Donna Violetta Rufina Zangara”. So to challenge both groups over half term, they were given a template and asked to create a mask that wouldn’t look out of place on the mask maker’s cabinet! The result is our photo this week…
    Behold the masked Centaur group!!!

    (As you may recall, we are also running two other groups (Griffins & Phoenix) who are reading last year’s awesome books – their challenge was to great their own dragon! Some were junk modelled, some illustrated!)

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 8th Nov 2018, 3:43pm
    I am enchanted by your masks! These masks would take pride of place in the mask maker's cabinet! Well done.
    Sara Stanley 9th Nov 2018, 1:38pm
    I wonder how much research Jane Ray did for her beautiful illustrations and how Dianne Hofmeyer and Jane Ray collaborated on how to bring Venice to life in the book?
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 12th Nov 2018, 1:46pm
    Super masks Gladiators and it was lovely to meet some of you last week with your amazingly dedicated team leader.
    Sue Chapman 15th Nov 2018, 2:15pm
    Thank you for your kind comments, and it was lovely to meet you too Caroline! The illustrations are simply amazing, the Reading Gladiators would love to travel back back to participate in a Venetian Carnival...however, they might be put off by the fact that people often wore them on a daily basis!!
  • Submission by The Albert Pye Community Primary School

    Albert Pye The Glassmaker’s Daughter

    We have made a display of all our activities in the shared Key Stage One area. We all loved the picture in the story where the glass palace fell to smithereens and so we tried to recreate it together! Lots of our friends have asked if they can be a Gladiator too.

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    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 6th Nov 2018, 1:43pm
    Just Imagine comment: we think this is an excellent display which shows the work you have been doing this month. We would certainly want to read the book, if we were in your class. Keep up the good work Albert Pye Gladiators.
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 22nd Nov 2018, 12:01pm
    Stunning!
    Marsha Hopley 28th Nov 2018, 8:49pm
    Thank you for your kind comments!
  • Albert Pye The Glassmaker’s Daughter

    As our final activity, each child invited a friend to listen to them read story. Without prompting, they were explaining about Venice,glass making and,of course, the meaning of ‘melancholy’! A really lovely session that we all loved.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 1st Nov 2018, 4:51pm
    What a super idea! We would like to share this in our newsletter as I am sure other schools would like to do the same thing.
    Rachel Elvidge 1st Nov 2018, 6:01pm
    Oh I LOVE this idea so much that I am going to steal it immediately! Thank you so much for sharing, Albert Pye!
    Marsha Hopley 26th Nov 2018, 12:22pm
    We are nearing the end of 'The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse's and they have already been asking if the can do the same again.
    Marsha Hopley 28th Nov 2018, 8:53pm
    The children are really keen to repeat this activity with 'The Wolf the Duck and the Mouse'. We are also hoping to perform our Readers Theatre to the rest of the class.
    Sara Stanley 30th Nov 2018, 1:12pm
    So wonderful to hear you all sharing and inspiring each other
  • We love wolf stories!

    Year 2 are big fans of wolf stories, especially ones with a twist! Good Little Wolf makes us laugh and we also enjoy The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. The children had lots of ideas about what might happen but none of them expected the mouse to set up home in the wolf’s tummy! One Gladiator wants to know…. How did they fix the picture to the wall??

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 1st Nov 2018, 4:44pm
    HeHe that's just the sort of question that I would ask too. I wonder...
    Rachel Elvidge 1st Nov 2018, 6:08pm
    Another had a lovely idea, Nikki... that the duck had a magic pencil like the bear in A Beary Tale, and was magicking up everything inside the wolf's tummy!
    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 1st Nov 2018, 10:07pm
    I love that idea. The children are so inventive.
    Sara Stanley 9th Nov 2018, 1:54pm
    This is such a fantastic book for provoking questions isn't it? I expect there will be many more as you continue to explore ! (oh ! i created a poem! )
    Marsha Hopley 26th Nov 2018, 11:55am
    Albert Pye came up with a few interesting ways that the duck and mouse might get out of the wolf's tummy!!!
  • Hotseating at Burnham!

    We LOVED our first experience of hotseating! Whoever wore Mrs Elvidge’s yellow cardigan became one of the characters from The Glassmaker’s Daughter. The children asked each other such interesting questions, such as, what is it like to live in a glass palace in the summer? How did you train your lion? Which is your favourite mask? How exactly do you make your glass? Were you sad because you just wanted a sister? (I wonder if you can guess which questions were for which character?) Some fabulous answers too as the children grew in confidence and realised they could… make it up! Well done, Year 2!!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 18th Oct 2018, 4:50pm
    This sounds like a fantastic session. And what thoughtful, original questions. I think you demonstrated very good understanding of the different’t character’s feelings. Well done everyone!
  • Daniela smiled!!

    Another super fun packed Gladiator meeting, we were inspired by all the books in our library setting! We read the second half of the book and we were all really happy to find out Daniela did smile.
    We looked at our vocabulary journals and discussed the words we found tricky, we used a dictionary and thesaurus to help us…some Gladiators said they would use ‘Google’ too.
    We talked about what might happen next in the story. Most decided Angelo and Daniela would get married, but they couldn’t leave Venice as he was a Glassmaker. Angelo was good friend who taught her she didn’t need people to make her smile, she could do it on her own.
    We really enjoyed the story and the wonderful pictures, the Gladiators realised how much more they noticed by reading the book more than once.
    Everyone is excited to start ‘The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse’ after half term.

  • The Glassmaker’s Daughter

    Kessingland Gladiators just had to show you their melancholy faces!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 11th Oct 2018, 11:38am
    Thank you for sharing. It’s a strange thing-your melancholy faces made us smile! I wonder what will make Daniela smile?
    Sara Stanley 12th Oct 2018, 9:36am
    and what an interesting word. Did you look up the origins of the word? Your ideas about its meaning look very interesting.
    Lucy Damore 14th Oct 2018, 9:12pm
    We did to some extent, its also the first word we added to our vocabulary journals to investigate further using a dictionary over the weekend.
  • The Glassmaker’s Daughter

    Wow! What a fantastic meeting Kessingland Year 2 Gladiators had today.
    We talked about our home task, guessing what our family might be thinking about by their facial expressions. We read the first half of the book and all agreed there were some tricky words. We talked about the word ‘melancholy’ wrote down our ideas on its meaning.
    Some Gladiators noticed a rhyming rhythm in parts of the text. We also thought about who might want to live in a glass palace.
    We ended our meeting with our melancholy faces!
    Next week we are going to look at our Vocabulary Journals to help us with understanding words. See you next week fellow Gladiators, we hope you’re having as much fun as we are!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 11th Oct 2018, 11:36am
    What a brilliant update. Your discussion sounds very rich. We love the way you are working together, pooling you knowledge. Enjoy the book!
  • Enjoying our first session!

    The Reading Gladiators in Class 2at Chappel really enjoyed their first session looking at the Glassmaker’s Daughter. They came up with some lovely ideas and descriptions about the floating city!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 10th Oct 2018, 2:58pm
    Hello Chappel Reading Gladiators! Lovely to see you. We look forward to hearing what you think about the books this year!
  • What would make Daniela happy?

    After we read the first half of the story, we talked about what we thought might make Daniela happy. Some of the ideas would make us very happy! One of the gladiators decided that something sad might make her happy as none of the nice things seemed to work. We can’t wait to find out who finally makes her smile.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 10th Oct 2018, 4:16pm
    That’s an interesting and unusual viewpoint. I wonder whether everyone is trying too hard to make her smile? I wonder what it would feel like to have so much attention?
  • Our setting pictures

    We read the first lines from the story and drew pictures of what we thought the setting looked like. We then compared our ideas with the illustrations from the book.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 10th Oct 2018, 4:18pm
    I can see that you are building pictures in your mind. Dianne Hofmeyr’s Words help us to visualise.
  • Year 2 Gladiators

    The new Year 2s are so excited to be Reading Gladiators and can’t wait to find out what happens in The Glassmaker’s Daughter.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 10th Oct 2018, 4:23pm
    Hello St Mary’s Prittlewell. Looking forward to sharing you reading journey this year!
  • Albert Pye Gladiators

    Everyone loved looking at the beautiful front cover and discussing what the story might be about!

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 9th Oct 2018, 2:52pm
    There is so much to look at on the front cover. Jane Ray's illustrations are so beautiful and full of detail. You will love the inside just as much!
    Rachel Elvidge 10th Oct 2018, 8:26am
    Hello to you all from Burnham on Crouch!
    Sara Stanley 12th Oct 2018, 9:39am
    the photo has captured one of you looking like Daniela in the gondola (i bet she was smiling by the end though)
  • John Ray Infants Reading Gladiators are back again!

    This is our ‘Dragons’ Reading Gladiator group looking ‘glum’ pretending to be like Daniela…she is “still looking sad” (as one gladiator noticed) as we delve further into the story. We have also looked behind our story into geography (about Venice) and technology (about glass making) for home tasks, and shared some amazing facts with each other.

    We are really happy to be up and running again for another busy reading year! We now have 4 groups for 2018-2019: Dragons, Centaurs, Phoenix and Griffins. The first two are following the new series of books starting with The Glassmaker’s Daughter; the other two are reading last year’s series starting with The Moon Dragons. It’s really nice to revisit previous stories as well as discovering new ones!

    P.s. Thank you also for the fabulous books after winning a blog update from June!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 11th Oct 2018, 3:10pm
    Hello John Ray Gladiators! We enjoyed reading your post and looking at you glum faces. Did you find it hard to keep such melancholy expressions? We are really pleased that you have found good use for last year's books too. Happy reading everyone.
  • The Glassmaker’s Daughter

    Hello fellow Gladiators!
    We have had a great first meeting at Kessingland C of E Primary Academy this week.
    We filled out our independent reading questionnaires and chatted about the different books we enjoy. We also looked at the front cover of ‘The Glassmaker’s Daughter to try to get some ideas about the story.
    Year 2 Gladiators took home their ‘Thinking Journal’ along with their copy of the book.
    We are all super excited to meet up again next week to discuss our thoughts and opinions.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 4th Oct 2018, 7:42pm
    Hello Kessingland Gladiators. We are very pleased to welcome you to Reading Gladiators. It was a good idea to start by talking about the books you enjoy. Hopefully, you will discover some new favourites on this year's reading journey. Happy Reading everyone.
    Rachel Elvidge 5th Oct 2018, 5:24pm
    Hello Kessingland Gladiators from Burnham on Crouch! Hope you enjoy the book... we are finding it a challenging read but enjoying the story and beautiful illustrations.
    Sara Stanley 5th Oct 2018, 5:53pm
    Welcome Kessingland Gladiators It is a beautiful example of a complex picturebook and we are sure you will all get so much out of it. Keep us informed 😁