Y4 Essex (South)


  • Malkin’s Journey

    All week the Stock Gladiators have been working hard on their submission and this is what they have produced. They have tracked out his journey to show key events in the story of Malkin. They have really loved this book!

  • A Visual Map

    We created a visual map in silhouette form to replicate the cover of Malkin Moonlight. The children really enjoyed creating the different places and came up with the idea to add some colour for the beach and water. They also wanted to represent some of the different animals from the story. They then chose to wrote some descriptions about the different places. Our display encourages children to come and ask the Reading Gladiators about the book as we’ve all really enjoyed it so far. We found that making the map helped us to remember different parts of the story and Malkin’s journey.

  • Submission by Giffards Primary School

    Coming to England quotes presentation

    We have really enjoyed making this presentation and spent lots of time finding quotes and discussing the meanings. It was hard to choose 5-8 to go on the slides!

    We really wanted to show the differences between Trinidad and England as well as show Floella's feelings and emotions. We thought it was important to end on a positive note, though Floella endured some very tough times. We also thought the quote about education was very important as it was so key for Floella.

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  • Tudor Court’s new book

    Our Reading Gladiators at Tudor Court are looking forward to starting a new book over the Easter holiday!


    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 27th Mar 2018, 10:27am
    I hope you enjoy this one Tudor Court. This edition is the perfect pocket size companion to a day out in the country. Find some swans and let your imaginations soar.
  • Coming to England

    Hello from Giffards Primary! We have really enjoyed reading Coming to England and have just been creating our artwork for the mini challenge. We found so many quotes that summed up Floella’s journey, it was hard to pick!

    This wasn’t the type of book any of us had read before and it has encouraged us to try more biographies and autobiographies in the future.


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 26th Jan 2018, 7:23pm
    Hello Giffards Primary. Lovely to hear from you. Being a Gladiator means you are learning to be adventurous readers and take some risks with your reading. Thank you letting us know that you might try some more biographies. The Small People series is good.
  • Blogging on our VLE

    At Stock C of E Primary we use our VLE, DB Primary, to blog and post our ideas and questions:


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 9th Nov 2017, 10:32pm
    This is such a good idea for making Reading Gladiators work for the benefit of all children across the school. Thank you for sharing.
  • Getting ready!

    Here at Downham year 4 reading gladiators… we’re getting super excited to read our new books. We’ve swooned at the front covers, flicked through the pristine pages and wondered at what stories and new adventures await us next week when we start our club. We can’t wait to see what everyone else thinks and for another amazing year of reading glads!


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 26th Sep 2017, 9:07am
    A big wave to all the Downham Reading Gladiators. ll looking suitably thoughtful and excited. We look forward to hearing wht you think about the books. Happy Reading!
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 26th Sep 2017, 9:38am
    Love this! What an enthusiastic bunch.