Y2 London 2018

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

Updates

  • Runners Up!

    Thank you so much for our prize for the Blue John mini challenge! Look how excited we are to receive our free books! From St Matthias

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 28th Jun 2019, 11:44am
    Wow, those are some super excited faces! We hope you enjoy reading them.
  • Submission by Eastbury Primary School

    Year 2 Collage

    Year 2 have completed their final challenge early as Miss Hodges is going on maternity leave and didn't want to miss out! We have had such a fantastic year and looked forward to meeting every week for our book club. Miss Ferguson is going to continue our sessions with us for our final book and we can't wait to read Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf!
    Reading Gladiators is the best!

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    Sara Stanley 15th Jul 2019, 12:20pm
    Congratulations on completing your final reading challenge Eastbury Reading Gladiators. Thank you for all your wonderful submissions and engagements with us over the past year. We have been so impressed with your work and can see you have loved the books. all the very best for your future reading adventures.
  • Submission by Eastbury Primary School

    Blue John Light and Dark

    We really enjoyed creating this piece on the theme of light and dark. We selected phrases from the story. We used white crayons on black paper and charcoal on white paper. We used coloured tissue to create Blue John.

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    Sara Stanley 10th Jun 2019, 1:27pm
    we love the different textures and colours that portray the story and its landscape perfectly. you have captured Blue John and his looking toward the light of the outside world brilliantly , it is very emotional and evocative. A wonderful piece of story art. Thanks for submitting this.
  • Submission by St Matthias School

    St Matthias’ light and dark art, inspired by Blue John

    We chose our favourite light and dark phrases from the story and then planned our pictures around them. We looked carefully at the illustrations from the story and then added a bit of glitter to give our pictures a magical sparkle!

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    Sara Stanley 10th Jun 2019, 1:16pm
    we love the sparkle that a fantastic and magical story creates in your minds. Thank you for this wonderful artistic imagery.
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    Gemma Crozier 13th Jun 2019, 3:50pm
    Thank you for that comment. We really worked hard to get our magical masterpieces finished! From St Matthias Year 2 Reading Gladiators.
  • Submission by Eastbury Primary School

    Perfect Painting

    Our Year 2 Reading Gladiators really enjoyed creating this painting which explores the feelings of the character throughout the story.
    We identified excitement, shock, disappointment, sadness, lonelines, realisation and finally love.
    We painted the feelings in a clockwise direction starting from the top left and cut out swifts to show which picture to look at next.

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    Sara Stanley 6th May 2019, 5:25pm
    What an ingenious way to direct the viewer to your thinking processes. The illustrations are very powerful and draw us into the power of emotions in the story and in your interpretations. Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful images with us.
  • Submission by St Matthias School

    St Matthias’ emotional journey!

    Here is our emotional road! We thought about how the boy felt at different parts of the story. Then we split the parts up and in pairs created a piece of art to represent his emotions. We felt as if his emotions went up and down throughout the story so we made a road to represent this. We filled this road with words to show his many different feelings.

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    Sara Stanley 6th May 2019, 5:05pm
    There are some really interesting words on this emotional journey. We love how your faces also express some of these emotions. The drawings are stunning and it's so lovely to see the group collaboration. Well done and thank you.
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    Gemma Crozier 8th May 2019, 4:07pm
    Thanks, we really enjoyed making our oil pastel images. Using ideas from the book's illustrations.
  • Rayeka’s Swift

    In Reading Gladiators this week we looked at a youtube video called ‘Austin’s Butterfly.’ We watched how children critiqued a childs drawing and then decided we would do the same by drawing swifts – linked to our book ‘Perfect.’ Children drew a swift and then got feedback on it from another Reading Gladiator. They then used the feedback to try again and received feedback a second time. They then drew their final piece taking on all the advice they had been given. What do you think of our swifts?

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 26th Mar 2019, 5:29pm
    You have really taken on board the advice of others to make great improvements. I can see you are all fantastic learners at Altmore!
  • Mariam’s swift

    In Reading Gladiators this week we looked at a youtube video called ‘Austin’s Butterfly.’ We watched how children critiqued a childs drawing and then decided we would do the same by drawing swifts – linked to our book ‘Perfect.’ Children drew a swift and then got feedback on it from another Reading Gladiator. They then used the feedback to try again and received feedback a second time. They then drew their final piece taking on all the advice they had been given. What do you think of our swifts?

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 26th Mar 2019, 5:27pm
    Another wonderful swift. The detail you have added is amazing!
  • Davinia’s Swift

    In Reading Gladiators this week we looked at a youtube video called ‘Austin’s Butterfly.’ We watched how children critiqued a childs drawing and then decided we would do the same by drawing swifts – linked to our book ‘Perfect.’ Children drew a swift and then got feedback on it from another Reading Gladiator. They then used the feedback to try again and received feedback a second time. They then drew their final piece taking on all the advice they had been given. What do you think of our swifts?

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 26th Mar 2019, 5:26pm
    This is a beautiful drawing which is so well observed. I can really see the difference between the first and final drawing and you've really taken on board the advice. Well done.
  • Blue John

    The discussion of the fantastic Blue John has just begun when this picture was taken. Year’s 2 and 3 delved deeply into Berlie Doherty’s language and imagery, but the room was split as to whether Blue John had made the right choice when he left the cave!

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 20th Mar 2019, 9:48pm
    It is a wonderful book and you all look deep in thought. I wonder if any of you change you minds as you read on.
  • Winning Prizes

    Thank you for the great Horace and Harriet books and yummy mini eggs! We are so pleased to have won the latest mini challenge 🙂

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 20th Mar 2019, 12:07pm
    You'll have lots of fun reading more about Horace and Harriet! Do you think Horace likes eating chocolate?
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    Joanna Hodges 3rd Apr 2019, 2:23pm
    If statues can eat then yes!
  • Thank you!

    St Matthias were so excited to receive their prize! Thank you for the Horace and Harriet books. We are looking forward to reading them while eating our chocolate eggs!

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 15th Mar 2019, 10:55am
    Yum Yum! I think books and chocolate are perfect partners. Well deserved winners St Matthius - enjoy! Just make sure you don't eat the books and try to read the eggs :)
  • Submission by Eastbury Primary School

    Horace and Harriet Take on the Town pt3

    Horace and Harriet Take on the Town pt3

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  • Submission by Eastbury Primary School

    Our Year 2 Poem

    We enjoyed writing this poem about our year group in the style of the Indigo and Violet poems. We sat together in one of the Year 2 classrooms and discussed what it is like to be in this year group.
    We made a concept map and then picked out ideas to put into verses.

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    Sara Stanley 11th Feb 2019, 2:10pm
    You have really captured the style of Violet and Indigo and we love the sense of safety and friendship in your class. It sounds like a wonderful place to learn. Thank you for your submission RG's.
  • Reading Gladiator Poets

    In Reading Gladiators we read the poems Violet and Indigo and then thought about our own classroom. We named our poem after the colour of our classroom door and thought really hard about using a more ‘unusual’ name for the colour.

    What do you think of our poems?

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 2nd Feb 2019, 11:07am
    Hello Abduraheem. It sounds as though you are very proud of your class! We could hear your enthusiasm when we read your poem.
  • Reading Gladiator Poets

    In Reading Gladiators we read the poems Violet and Indigo and then thought about our own classroom. We named our poem after the colour of our classroom door and thought really hard about using a more ‘unusual’ name for the colour.

    What do you think of our poems?

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 2nd Feb 2019, 11:10am
    Hello Rayeka, the idea of learning exploding inside your mind is a fabulous image. We can imagine all the electrical connections being made inside your brain as you are thinking and writing your poetry. Well done!
  • Reading Gladiator Poets

    In Reading Gladiators we read the poems Violet and Indigo and then thought about our own classroom. We named our poem after the colour of our classroom door and thought really hard about using a more ‘unusual’ name for the colour.

    What do you think of our poems?

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 2nd Feb 2019, 10:41am
    Hello Altmore Infants. Thank you for posting your poems. I like the idea that the class has a different life at night to during the day. Repeating the first line at the end brought it to a satisfying conclusion. Well done, Safiyah!
  • Competition runners ups!

    Year 2 Reading Gladiators were very excited to receive our prize! Thanks so much, we can’t wait to read our new books! From St Matthias.

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 26th Jan 2019, 1:01am
    Well done St Matthias. Happy Reading everyone.
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    Gemma Crozier 31st Jan 2019, 3:59pm
    Thanks!
  • Come and visit awesome Earth

    Having learnt about different creation stories recently in RE, we loved reading Planet Awesome and thinking about what was the same/different about how Earth has developed.
    When discussing what makes Earth so great, we made links with our work on values such as kindness, respect and working together.

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 21st Jan 2019, 8:23pm
    Hello Hallsville Gladiators. We enjoyed hearing about how you are connecting your learning in different subjects. Super work!
  • Thank you!

    Wow! Year 2 Gladiators were delighted to receive the fabulous prize of hot chocolate and marshmallows and an excellent book: His Royal Highness. We were even more excited when we saw that the book had been signed by the author and illustrator! Thank you

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 21st Jan 2019, 8:58pm
    Well done Eastbury Gladiators. Another well deserved win.
  • Submission by Eastbury Primary School

    Earth Poster

    We enjoyed reading Planet Awesome and learnt some very interesting facts. We think other species would love to visit our fascinating world!

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    Sara Stanley 11th Jan 2019, 3:06pm
    What a wonderful poster . It’s anazing how much knowledge you have crammed into your poster . Thank you for sharing
  • St Matthias Reading Gladiators Christmas Party!

    Year 2 and year 6 Reading Gladiators celebrated the end of term with a party! Here’s Tawseef explaining our book, Planet Awesome!

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 20th Dec 2018, 9:11pm
    What a great idea! I wonder if the Year 6 Gladiators were tempted to read it.
  • Author’s visit at St Matthias School!

    Thank you so much for sending Dianne Hofmeyr and Jane Ray to our school today. We had an excellent time!

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 13th Dec 2018, 5:31pm
    It sounds as if everyone had a fantastic time!
    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 21st Jan 2019, 10:49pm
    I love a tea party! Did you enjoy meeting Jane and Dianne?
  • Submission by Eastbury Primary School

    Mini Challenge Freeze Frames

    We had lots of fun creating freeze frames of the key moments in the story!

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    Sara Stanley 13th Dec 2018, 8:33am
    Wonderful stuff Eastbury Gladiators! We loved the scenes where you depicted them flying out of the wolf's mouth and the poor wolf howling at the moon! We think a career on the stage is not far away. Thank you for making us smile.
  • Glassmaker’s Daughter display

    Very proud of our mini challenge entry.

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 28th Nov 2018, 9:29am
    It is a wonderful display and I'm sure it will entice other members of the school ommunity to find out more. Well done Eastbury!
  • Glassmaker’s Daughter display

    Very proud of our mini challenge entry.

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    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 27th Nov 2018, 3:17pm
    And so you should be - it is stunning! You have clearly spent alt of time and effort recreating this beautiful scene and super to see your individual comments too. Thank you very much for sharing it with us.
  • Predicting the outcome

    November was off to a good start and our predictions for The Wolf, The Duck and the Mouse are now locked away. One of the group predicted that the wolf would gobble up the mouse at the beginning of the story but, as for the end, who knows!

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 21st Nov 2018, 4:20pm
    Ha Ha - we love a good mystery. Will you be surprised when you open your envelopes after you have finished reading the book? I wonder.
  • Just getting on board….

    Y2 Gladiators at Hallsville are loving their after-school club. The Glassmaker’s Daughter was a super book to start with, not only igniting the children’s interest but also involving family members as they discussed, at home, what happiness was. Sharing thoughts such as ‘Happiness is being loved by others’, ‘Happiness is a feeling you have, like butterflies in your stomach’, ‘Happiness is laughing with your children at silly things’ was a real joy.

    Our reading is being shared with others through our reading journey display. Each month will see updates and recommendations and across the year we’ll be able to follow our reading journey.

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 21st Nov 2018, 4:16pm
    Hello Hallsville Reading Gladiators. We are thrilled to see your work and to hear that you are sharing your reading with other children. Keep up the good work and let us know what you think of the next book.
  • Let us Illustrate!

    In Reading Gladiators we know the story so well now that we used the story circle to create beautiful illustrations to match each part of the 6 part story circle!

    Not only are we brilliant readers we are also FANTASTIC drawers!

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 19th Nov 2018, 4:18pm
    What super detailed drawings. You have looked closely at Jon Klassen's illustrations; your wolf has two eyes on the same side of his head exactly like Jon's. Good observation!
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    Joanna Hodges 27th Nov 2018, 10:42am
    Eastbury Gladiators are very impressed with your art work! What an excellent illustration!
  • Bringing stories to life.

    In Reading Gladiators we know the story so well now that we used the story circle to create beautiful illustrations to match each part of the 6 part story circle!

    Not only are we brilliant readers we are also FANTASTIC drawers!

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 19th Nov 2018, 4:21pm
    We can tell that you are thinking carefully about what to put into this illustratiion. It was a strange request from the duck and the mouse, wasn't it? Did you think they had good reasons?