Y4 Essex (East)


  • Submission by Woodham Walter Primary School

    Little Bits of Sky – Memory Book.

    We made theis PowerPoint Memory Book after reading Little Bits of Sky by E Durrant

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  • Book reviews

    We read some Amazon reviews of Little Bits of Sky and tried writing our own. We found it easier to write about what we did enjoy compared to the parts of the book we didn’t enjoy.


    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 14th Mar 2018, 11:27am
    Great reviews Burnham! Rosie, your favourite part is the same as mine. Well done Ryan for making a connection with Bridge to Terabithia which is another powerful and emotional read. Have you shared your reviews with other children in your school? I bet that reading these would make others keen to pick up Little Bits of Sky. You might like to read SE Durrant's new book, Running on Empty.
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 15th Mar 2018, 7:12pm
    It is always a good sign when you have more goods things say about a book than things you didn't like. Great comparison with Bridge to Terabithia Ryan - I am sure the rest of your group would enjoy that too.
  • Close up

    A close up of Isabelle’s poster.


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 30th Jan 2018, 10:48pm
    Isabelle, you obviously worked very hard on this poster. You have managed to include so many details.
  • Coming to England

    It was our final session on Coming to England today so we decided to create posters.
    We had great fun remembering important parts of Floella’s experience.
    Everyone loved the book and would recommend it!


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 30th Jan 2018, 10:47pm
    We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed this important book and look forward to hearing what you think of the next one.
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 31st Jan 2018, 5:02pm
    Yes please do recommend it Wentworth Gladiators. I hope many more children at your school and beyond get the opportunity to read Floella's inspiring story. I am sure your posters will help.
    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 28th Feb 2018, 11:30am
    I'm interested to read this as Coming to England was our most divisive read at Burnham. In some ways that was great though, as it made for some good discussion! Love the posters.
  • The Journey

    We have looked at this book alongside Coming to England and talked about the differences between migrants and refugees. I’ve been so impressed by the children’s maturity and empathy while reading about sensitive topics.


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 18th Jan 2018, 8:21pm
    A good book for comparison, Burnham Gladiators. How can we do things differently to make the world a better place for everyone.
    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 19th Jan 2018, 4:45pm
    I should have said thank you for the recommendation!
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 23rd Jan 2018, 9:48am
    It is great to see you using the further reading suggestions for comparison. Both vital books that I am sure you'll agree every child should have access to.
    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 23rd Jan 2018, 10:23am
    I'm grateful for your direction to them both. I don't think I'd have tackled them unless I'd been 'told' to! Coming to England has been an uncomfortable read with a few tears shed, but given us lots of food for thought.
  • Better late than never!

    Our Hurricane poem!


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 10th Jan 2018, 5:40pm
    So pleased that you sent us your lovely poem!
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 23rd Jan 2018, 10:38am
    Great use of colour to celebrate ownership too!
  • Thank you!

    Thank you Just Imagine for our fabulous prize! From Year 4 Gladiators at Burnham on Crouch Primary.


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 8th Dec 2017, 1:59am
    We hope you enjoy them. Well done everyone.
  • Malkin or Isaiah??

    We’ve really enjoyed Malkin Moonlight but the group is divided as to which book we prefer! We’ve studied characteristics and turned Malkin’s journey into a board game which we really loved playing!


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 23rd Nov 2017, 5:14pm
    Love the board game idea. It workd really well with a quest story.
    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 24th Nov 2017, 9:46am
    We started out trying to do a map but got diverted! The children drew different characters from the book, or made up their own cats, to be the counters too.
    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 27th Nov 2017, 12:17pm
    It was a really fun activity and we had a lot of debate about ordering the board!
  • Word of Mouse

    Our very first mini challenge is complete! The children chose their favourite words of wisdom and drew pictures to represent them. They also decided that the name “Isiaiah the Adventurer” most suited Isiah because on his journey he experienced challenges, fear, excitement and sadness as well as learning so much about himself along the way. Much like a true adventurer, he found his true self.


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 1st Nov 2017, 6:12pm
    Hi Woodville Gladiators Fantastic to see your work on this wonderful colourful display. I like the name Isaiah the Adventurer and your reasons for choosing it. We hope you enjoy Malkin Moonlight as much as you have enjoyed this one. Happy Reading everyone.
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 2nd Nov 2017, 8:42am
    So eye-catching. I am sure this will inspire other children to want to read Word of Mouse.
    Emma Huggett 23rd Nov 2017, 2:18pm
    Hi Caroline, The display almost immediately inspired other children as two children went to the public library in their free time and got the book! Our reading gladiators were so pleased that they are already having an impact on their peers.
    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 24th Nov 2017, 9:45am
    It's one of my favourite things, when other children in the school start reading the books because the Gladiators have read them! Love your display, Emma!
  • Our first try at semantic mapping

    Everyone has someone weird or annoying in the family, surely? 😄


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 1st Nov 2017, 5:41pm
    Hi Burnham on Crouch Gladiators! Apologies we missed your post. Yes, we think you are probably right! (But don't tell my family I said that!).
  • Our reading journey has begun!

    We enjoyed researching the urbane words that Isaiah used!


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 4th Oct 2017, 3:59pm
    Hello Burnham on Crouch Gladiators! Do you think Isiaih's vocabulary shows that he's an intelligent mouse or is he just showing off?
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 5th Oct 2017, 9:31am
    Excellent to hear. A rich and diverse vocabulary is indeed a powerful tool. What was your favourite word? I rather like 'marauding'. I am sure I have heard it in another very popular story that I suspect may be in the spotlight this month as Halloween approaches? Any ideas Gladiators? I'm a bit lost!
  • Hello from Burnham on Crouch!

    Year 4 at Burnham on Crouch Primary school are delighted to be part of the Reading Gladiators family and are enjoying Word of Mouse.


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 26th Sep 2017, 9:05am
    Hi Burnham on Crouch Gladiators. Lovely to hear from one of our local schools. Do come back and post some of your thoughts about Word of Mouse. Happy Reading!
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 26th Sep 2017, 9:22am
    I wonder have any of you read any of James Patterson's other books? Maybe House of Robots?