Y4 Essex Mid/west


  • Ira and Zac’s Memory Box

    Elsenham Gladiators loved the book, Little Bits of Sky and created some memories for Ira and Zac’s memory box. Each Gladiator picked something they felt was important to Ira and Zac from the story and recreated it. We have Skilly House and the garden with the fallen tree; the stream where Zac fell in; a life size Pip in her purple jumper; the train ticket to Martha’s, Martha and Ira’s easel.

  • Woodville’s 3D Map

    The children at Woodville School have created a 3D story map of Malkin’s journey using compostable and recycled materials found in school. They have included all of the main events and placed them on the map where they believed them to happen. Can you spot Finlay’s fantastic drawing of Malkin? What other main events can you see?

  • Submission by Felsted Primary School

    Journey Map for Malkin Moonlight from Felsted Primary

    The Reading Gladiators at Felsted Primary School wanted to create a story map using a collage style to represent the theme of Recycling which is in the book and also represent the two different stages of Malkin's journey.

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  • Isaiah’s words of wisdom

    St Mary’s in Stansted did some thinking around Isaiah’s pithy words of wisdom.

  • Winning questions

    Stock primary gave careful thought to the questions they would like to ask author Lisa Thompson after reading The Goldfish Boy:


    1. If you couldn’t be an author, what would you be?
    2. Who is the main character of the book you are writing at the moment?
    3. Would you like to go on a horse again, or has it scared you off for life?
    4. What is your favourite book you have read?
    5. Did you know how The Goldfish Boy would end before you started writing it and why?
    6. What inspired you to be an author?
    7. What is your favourite genre of book to read?
    8. Are there any characters that you named after people you know?
    9. What books you recommend to us to read if we liked Goldfish Boy?
    10. What was your biggest change in The Goldfish Boy from when you wrote the first draft?
  • February Update- Little Bits of Sky

    This has been the favourite book so far amongst the majority of the Gladiators here at Felsted Primary. We looked at some of the main characters in the story and then discussed how significant some where to Ira in particular and why. We are looking forward to creating a memory book next week


    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 21st Feb 2018, 11:34am
    It is one of my favourites too - a very satisfying read!
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 22nd Feb 2018, 11:50am
    I am glad you enjoyed this fantastic story. I look forward to seeing your scrap book Felsted Gladiators.
    Stacey Brown 28th Feb 2018, 11:08am
    We love your boards and used them as inspiration to create a mini version in a book that we keep on display.
    Kathleen Emerton-Court 7th Mar 2018, 10:27am
    We are very sad to have missed the deadline due to snow and my part time work days meant I only got to meet them on the 7th of March! What a shame :-(
  • January Update Felsted Primary

    Our year 4 Gladiators have been getting into Coming to England and looking back at the books we have read so far. We have created a working, moveable set of boards where they post their work. It’s great to see what they thought about the books at the time and any work they produce is pinned on there. They also had the chance to read some of the books they won in the Malkin Moonlight challenge and sharing them with their class. Looking forward to the year ahead!


    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 8th Jan 2018, 12:08pm
    Brilliant Felsted! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and creative response to your reading so far. What a lovely way to celebrate and share your Gladiators insight.
    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 9th Jan 2018, 10:41am
    I think this moveable working wall is an excellent idea. We will share it in out next newsletter.
  • Getting to know the characters in Little bits of sky

    Elsenham Reading Gladiators have really enjoyed the different characters in this book – this week we looked at the adults and how we felt about them. Martha was a character all the children warmed to. We wrote our feelings on post it notes and it will be interesting to see if our opinions change when we finish the book.


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 6th Jan 2018, 3:17pm
    Hello Elsenham Gladiators, thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. It will be interesting to see what you think when you have finished reading the book.
    Stacey Brown 13th Jan 2018, 5:36pm
    The children loved the twist with Mrs Clanks and developed more empathy towards her as they understood the reasons for her actions throughout the book. They characters became very real in our discussions of this story.
    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 18th Jan 2018, 11:17pm
    It sounds as though the Elsenham Gladiators are having some thoughtful group discussions.
    Kathleen Emerton-Court 22nd Feb 2018, 11:12am
    We did something similar this week, the children have really enjoyed this book, definitely a favourite so far!
  • Malkin’s journey by Elsenham RGs

    Our favourite parts of Malkin’s life – we really enjoyed this book at Elsenham.


    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 3rd Jan 2018, 9:23am
    What super pictures Elsenham!
  • Malkin’s journey

    We have mapped out Malkin’s journey so far. He has saved many animals and just found a new home at the recycling centre. We can’t wait to find out what happens next!


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 29th Nov 2017, 9:21am
    Thank you for sharing Malkin's journey with us. What an adventurous cat!
  • We love Malkin Moonlight!

    ‘Malkin Moonlight is a very special cat, but Malkin Moonlight is also a very special book,’ says Ethan


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 29th Nov 2017, 9:22am
    Hello everyone! We hope you enjoy your next book as much as you have enjoyed Malkin Moonlight.
  • Better late than never!

    Half way through Word of Mouse! Great Easton’s year 4 reading gladiators. We’re working very hard to catch up with everybody.


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 22nd Nov 2017, 1:03pm
    Hi Great Easton Gladiators! You may want to miss the next book and come back to it later so that you can enter the mini-challenges.
    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 22nd Nov 2017, 1:13pm
    Well done Great Easton - Word of Mouse is certainly a great page turner!
  • Journey Map for Malkin Moonlight

    The children at Felsted Primary have enjoyed the story of Malkin Moonlight and working towards their Mini Challenge. This is just a snippet of what they have been up to, creating a collage story map of Malkin’s journey throughout the book.


    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 28th Nov 2017, 11:53am
    This looks fantastic Felsted Gladiators. I am looking forward to judging this mini-challenge. Such a lot of creativity. Well done!
  • Felsted Primary School Gladiators

    The Year 4 children have been selected and are super excited to get started! We are currently reading “Word of Mouse” and the Gladiators are enjoying the humour and pace of the book.


    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 26th Sep 2017, 1:21pm
    That is great to hear Felsted Gladiators. You will love following Isaiah's journey - he has a lot of fun.