Y2 East 2018

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

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  • What an amazing reading adventure!

    Year 2 Gladiators were so proud to receive their Reading Gladiator Certificates.
    We have had a wonderful time reading and exploring the rich and varied books.
    We have thoroughly enjoyed our sessions, thank you so much for your encouraging comments.
    We are just sad we have to wait until Year 4 to join you all again, but rest assured we will keep reading!

  • Submission by Stock C of E Primary School

    Our Final Challenge – Reading is awesome!

    We decided to celebrate our journey of Reading Gladiators by looking at all the fabulous books we have read. We chose 'Reading is awesome' as a title to link with the book 'Planet awesome!'
    We have had a fantastic time in our reading gladiator lessons and we have really improved our reading, just as you can see from all our great comments!.
    Thank you for all the help and support you have provided!

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    Sara Stanley 15th Jul 2019, 12:15pm
    we Love this! reading is awesome. In fact we think there is no better planet to read on !. we are so glad you have enjoyed your journey, and thank you for all our submissions and hope you enjoyed your well deserved prizes over the year. Good luck with your future reading adventures.
  • Snapshot Art

    We were all super excited to read the remaining chapters of this wonderful book.We discussed the language and how it helps visualise the characters movements and how that makes us feel. “Dancing, Skipping, Laughing” = “happy, jolly, excited, hot, tired, emotional.
    “Tumbled” = “sad, embarrassed, silly”.
    We discussed our emotions at the end of the story and whether it was a sad or happy ending. We decided it depended on the character. Was it better for Blue John to stay in the cave alive but lonely or enjoy the sunshine and dancing with the girl, albeit for a short time? We couldn’t agree!
    For hometask the Gladiators were challenged to create a piece of art or writing about one part of the book. Here’s one gladiators interpretation of Blue John in the dark cave and the girl playing in the sunshine.
    We loved the book and are sad to have reached the end….I suppose that could be seen as bittersweet!

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 8th Jul 2019, 9:47am
    I love the way you have embraced this book and clearly got so much out of it. Fantastic art as well. Thank you for sharing!
  • Descriptive Language and Predictions

    Wow, Kessingland Gladiators have absolutely loved the first 3 chapters of this wonderful book.
    We discussed our own experiences of visiting caves “dark and damp with rocks that formed from the ceiling in a point”.
    After reading the blurb we made our predictions of what might happen in the story.
    “The girl will force him to come outside and he melts”.
    “It’s about him making a choice and he’ll choose darkness”.
    After each chapter we discussed the emotive language and how it creates pictures in your mind.
    We were so enthralled we had to read on to chapter 3!
    The Gladiators have decided that the queen made Blue John so that she wouldn’t be lonely. “She doesn’t want him to go outside because people won’t be nice to him as he looks different”.
    One Gladiator likened the story to Tangled.
    Another Gladiator thought “The queen was tricking him not to go outside, not because people would be mean but because he might leave her. Her face looks devious”.
    Everyone loved how the illustrations helped to explain the language too. We became so involved in discussion and reading the time flew by.
    We cannot wait to read on.

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 17th Jun 2019, 11:37am
    We can tell how much you are getting out of this brilliant book! What thoughtful observations and interesting predictions. It's great that you have made connections with a film too.
  • Perfect

    We have had a fabulous time reading and discussing this wonderful book.
    The children have loved exploring the boy’s journey through the language and amazing illustrations.
    Today we discussed the use of colours and different techniques to help us understand the boy’s feelings and emotions.
    Everyone used their time to create a piece of art whilst we read through the book one more time.
    Whilst the children worked comments were made such as;
    “It was emotional, it’s a good story to tell your family”
    “It teaches us to love, it can take a long time to recognise. He understands the birds because he’s lived with them, he didn’t know his sister at the start”.
    “We should respect people even if they are not what we think they should be”.

    (Unfortunately our poster will be completed too late for the challenge)

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 10th May 2019, 12:20pm
    What thoughtful reflections - I'm sure Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher would love to hear from you. Please share your posters as an update - we'd love to see them.
  • Submission by Stock C of E Primary School

    Perfect – A portrait I of an emotional journey

    This work is to show the range of emotions and feelings the boy goes through. We discussed in depth the idea of ‘Perfect’
    Our gladiators found this book very emotional and really enjoyed the work we have done around it using the colours to represent emotions, feelings and thoughts.

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    Sara Stanley 6th May 2019, 5:17pm
    This is a stunning and thoughtful image. We can see through your careful choice of words that you connected emotionally with this book. We would have loved to have listened in on your discussions about the meaning of perfect. Thank you for sharing your work with us Gladiators.
  • Winners! Thank you!

    Thank you so much for our wonderful prize books! Each child got a copy of Rachel Rooney’s “Language of Cat” and we put a special sticker inside so they’d always remember their achievement. We really appreciated the sweetie too, as well as the lovely note which is now on the Reading Gladiators display board. Thank you!!

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 14th Mar 2019, 10:36am
    Something to treasure. I'm sure you'll keep them safe forever. Well done Burnham.
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    Sara Stanley 14th Mar 2019, 11:30am
    Well deserved reading Gladiators. keep up the amazing reading.
  • Submission by Kessingland C of E Primary Academy

    Kessingland LOVES poetry

    Kessingland Gladiators have fallen in love with poetry!
    From choosing poems at random, reading our favourite to our classmates, using drama to bring poems to life, discussing the imagery used and finally writimgnour poem about our class.
    Our Gladiators have decided to check out the poetry books in our school library.....I sense a book club emerging!!

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    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 14th Mar 2019, 11:42am
    I love how young children approach poetry without fear and just enjoy it! My little Year 1 group loved Tennyson's The Eagle when we read it and still come up to me in the playground to show me their clasping the crag hands!
  • Submission by Stock C of E Primary School

    Year 2

    Two is a magic number

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    Sara Stanley 11th Feb 2019, 2:16pm
    Two is definitely a magic number and we love that you are such keen, friendly and happy learners. What great role models for poetry as well. Thank you RG's.
  • Submission by St George’s C of E Primary School, Colchester

    St Georges C of E Primary School – A Poem about Class 2

    The group were keen for their poem to rhyme and to include some alliteration. They each took one area of the classroom to focus their part of the poem on.

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    Sara Stanley 11th Feb 2019, 2:06pm
    Fabulous a visual and poetic journey into your classroom. We love the sunshine in the photos and words. Thank you for making us smile Reading Gladiators
  • Submission by Burnham on Crouch Primary School

    Kangaroos and Pandas

    We have loved this collection of poems!

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    Sara Stanley 11th Feb 2019, 2:03pm
    And we have absolutely loved yours too Kangeroos! The poems and drawings are absolutely stunning. Thank you for this wonderful submission.
    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 4th Mar 2019, 11:23am
    Thank you! This picture of a not to be named Year 2 teacher reprimanding a real kangaroo is one of the highlights of my life!
  • Who wants to be the goldfish?

    We had another fabulous time looking at this wonderful poetry book. The Gladiators have all expressed how much they love poetry. We wrote our own goldfish poem and then read
    My Life as a Goldfish. During our discussions we recognised the shape of the poem showed “That’s the fish going round the bowl”, “It’s going faster now the cat has turned up”. We had a great time taking turns to read the poem and act out being the cat and the goldfish. Can you guess if our fish is swimming fast or slow in our photo?

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    Sara Stanley 4th Feb 2019, 7:25pm
    Judging by the amazing swish of the hair I’d say supersonic ! So happy this wonderful group of poetry lovers are having a whale (goldfish) of a time 😂
    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 7th Feb 2019, 5:36pm
    We've had great fun with this collection too! I bought her new book, A Kid in My Class, and that's really good too, for older ones though, I'd say.
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 8th Feb 2019, 9:27am
    Indeed A Kid in My Class is a super collection. I agree ideally suited to Year 3+ and of course further enhanced by the marvellous illustrations of former laureate Chris Riddell. Speaking of laureates I know you will love Flights of Fancy - stories pictures and inspiration from ten children's laureates which hit the shelves yesterday.
    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 4th Mar 2019, 11:21am
    Caroline, I bought it when we went to see Jacqueline Wilson and Chris Riddell at the Southbank! Lovely book!
  • Exploring feelings through poems

    We had a wonderful reading session at Burnham this week. We began by trying to express emotion through our faces and eyes for others to guess. We talked about different feelings we all share.
    Then we looked a three different poems from “My Life as a Goldfish”: Liar, Cheer Up and Don’t Move the Goalposts.
    The children made lots of links between Liar and a recent assembly they’d had, which focused on how lies can grow, and the best way to make everything better is to tell the truth.
    Interestingly though, we then thought about white lies, because we read Cheer Up, and the children recognised that this poem was talking about the times when we have to put on a fake smile. It was very moving to hear the children’s experiences of doing this themselves, usually to save the feelings of someone else, and the confusing emotions this can cause .
    We then shared Don’t Move the Goalposts, a universal tale of anger and playground arguments that was brilliant to dramatise.
    One child read so beautifully that we went to Year 1 to perform the poems for the children there. They enjoyed it so much that she returned later with a friend to read some more.
    I tweeted about how strongly the children had identified with Cheer Up, and we had a lovely reply from Rachel Rooney.
    I love how young children have not yet learned to be daunted by poetry. If they don’t ‘get it’ they are happy to just read and move on, but when a poem rings true and evokes recognition, it is magical.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 2nd Feb 2019, 10:52am
    Thank you for telling us all about Burnham Reading Gladiators responses to the poetry collection. I love the children's enthusiasm that you have described here. As you know one of the messages of RG is encouraging the groups to become advocates for reading across the school and it's clearly working very well in your school. Brilliant!
    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 5th Feb 2019, 3:19pm
    I am trying to encourage teachers to think of the Gladiators as a resource they can use to promote reading. A year 3 teacher asked my year 4 Gladiators to recommend her class story book and they decided Angelino Brown was perfect!
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    Sara Stanley 5th Feb 2019, 6:51pm
    What an amazing thing you are doing and thank you for being such a great role model for the children and teachers
    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 6th Feb 2019, 7:38am
    Well that's made my week! Thank you!
  • My life as a goldfish

    We had a wonderful time reading poems from our new book. Kessingland Gladiators enjoyed randomly choosing poems to read out to the group and agreeing which ones we’d like to read again. They particularly loved ‘We Wish You a Hairy Kiss Miss’ which made them all laugh out loud. They decided the rest of our class needed to hear it immediately and sang it to everyone at the end of the day, to great applause.

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    Sara Stanley 23rd Jan 2019, 9:38pm
    One of our favourites too ! This is a collection to return to over and over isn’t it ! Great to see so many happy gladiators
  • Goldfish

    I asked my Gladiators to tell me what they’d expect to find in a poem about goldfish and we put the words they used into WordItOut. I think it looks like a poem, but a very different poem from My Life as a Goldfish! We really enjoyed acting out the Rachel Rooney poem as well as sharing our favourites.

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 21st Jan 2019, 9:04pm
    I like the way that your WordItOut poem has tunred out. It almost looks like a goldfish swimming across the page.
  • WOW!

    Kessingland Gladiators have absolutely loved landing on Planet Awesome! We thought about synonyms for awesome.. Planet Astonishing, Planet Amazing and Planet Astounding were a few. As well has planets we thought pythons, gymnastics, dirt bikes, forest school and cheese were awesome too!
    This week we had a quiz about our findings so far, we all did really well. Our quiz master helped us with any tricky questions showing us where to retrieve the information from.
    Everyone is eager to explore the final pages of the book next week and look forward to reporting back to you all.
    (apologies for the lack of photo evidence, our camera had disappeared another planet/classroom!)

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 21st Jan 2019, 8:24pm
    Hello Kessingland Reading Gladiators. Wow indeed. I can feel your enthusiasm for this book. Watch out for the sequel.
  • 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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    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.
    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 15th Jan 2019, 8:42am
    This is beautiful! We loved the freeze framing so much we did it with all of year 2!
  • 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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    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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    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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    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!

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    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?

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    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!

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    Sara Stanley 6th Dec 2018, 10:04pm
    What a fabulous and dramatic image ! This captures the intensity of the story perfectly Gladiators
    Rachel Elvidge
    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!
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    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!

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 28th Nov 2018, 9:37am
    I don't envy you having to select! Great use of body language here.
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    Sara Stanley 28th Nov 2018, 3:29pm
    I love how the word flashes in the background could represent the hunters gunshots
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    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.

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    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!

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    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?

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    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
    Rachel Elvidge 22nd Nov 2018, 11:45am
    Well done Sam! A sticker for you!
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    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

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    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.
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    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

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    Rachel Elvidge
    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!)
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    Marsha Hopley 26th Nov 2018, 11:52am
    Thanks for your kind words, Albert Pye Gladiators will be thrilled!
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    Marsha Hopley 26th Nov 2018, 10:57pm
    Thanks Rachel from all the Gladiators at Albert Pye.
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    Marsha Hopley 28th Nov 2018, 8:56pm
    We are glad you liked it Rachel. Thank you.
    Rachel Elvidge
    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…….

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 18th Nov 2018, 6:01pm
    Fantastic! It's so uplifiting to see you having a great time.
    Rachel Elvidge
    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!
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    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!'.