Y2 Midlands

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  • Submission by Frederick Bird Primary School

    Ossiri’s Tune by the Frederick Bird Band

    We used a range of objects to be found around the classroom and found ways to use them as instruments. We were able to persuade our teachers to lend their voices to the tune of our choosing and then built up the music with layers of percussion. Both us and the teachers had a lot of fun creating a tune for Ossiri to dance to (with recycled objects) and a lot of laughter was shared!

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  • St Matthew’s Dino-Dragon

    This is what happens, when a dinosaur and a dragon come together.

  • Don’t Step on the Trim Train

    We thought about different scenarios where the characters in the book crossed the line; for example the aliens and the ghost. We were most interested in the boundary for the school children so posed for our own version of the book. Instead of a line, we used the trim trail and thought about why we might not want to go onto it.

  • The Golden Jewel-Lord Dragon

    This is the Golden Jewel-Lord Dragon is a very greedy dragon that loves hoarding anything shiny! It lives alone on a magical island which has different climates. This means it can have two homes to choose from; an icy igloo and a fiery volcano. These two very different places also give the Jewel-Lord Dragon the powers of ice blowing and fire breathing! When this dragon blows ice, it also creates a ‘ghost mist’ which enables him to escape unseen, from his mortal enemies. If this wild creature becomes angry, it can roar like thunder and harness the power of lightening. This is why his tail is zig-zagged and the same shapes can be seen in the silvery scales on his belly. These many magical, mysterious and contrasting powers make the Golden Jewel-Lord Dragon the most desirable of all dragons to the King! Look out for this dragon swooping through the skies above you as it tries to avoid being caught by the soldiers below!

  • Submission by Griffydam Primary School

    Griffydam’s Rare Dragon has been Spotted!

    The Griffydam dragon sits on his comfy nest and rustles his sparkling feathers.His plumage is the colours of the school's code; red, pink, green, blue and yellow.

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  • All about Erica!

    Today we re-read the whole first chapter as a group and thought about Erica as a main character. We have created a picture with key words and images that reflect her personality and likes. We also made the link between the enclosure in the zoo and the boundaries we thought about in Don’t Cross the Line.

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 6th Jun 2018, 4:52pm
    Wow Frederick Bird, what a fantastic picture of Erica! I love the way you have made connections between the books. I wonder if any other characters in the books you have read have faced boundaries?
    Beth Burrows 20th Jun 2018, 4:12pm
    In Grey Island Red Boat the stranger has to cross a boundary to the grey island and doesn't get welcomed by the King. In the end, the island goes back to all the colours so the boundary gets crossed at the end. - FB Reading Gladiators.
  • We found some lines to cross!

    We loved getting our new book after the holidays and were excited by how unusually it was illustrated and put together. There were so many characters to look out for. We found many of our own lines around school and also crossed them in the end!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 21st Apr 2018, 7:28am
    Hello Frederick Bird. Great to hear about your enthusiasm for this book. Do you think there are some lines that shouldn't be crossed? How do you decide?
  • Mapping it all out!

    We have really enjoyed creating a map of the places that the Secret Railway takes us too. We used the descriptive writing of the book and the illustrator’s pictures to help us show what each place might be like!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 21st Mar 2018, 10:45pm
    Did you share your ideas while you were creating your map?
  • All Aboard the Secret Railway!

    Although our entry into the world of the Secret Railway was slightly delayed (just like some train journeys here) by the snow, we were really excited to begin our adventure. Fortunately we passed all the questions at the beginning of the book, but were not allowed to progress further until we could show a valid ticket. We made a prediction about what our final destination might be like and showed this on our tickets! Now we have our coats on ready for whatever the journey might bring. . .

    Comments

    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 8th Mar 2018, 10:48pm
    Wonderfully immersive! I hope you will be visiting the buffet car during one of your sessions!
  • Three Little Monsters!

    We had great fun performing our favourite poem from ‘Message from the Moon’ this week; the expression in our reading aloud has definitely improved! We also especially enjoyed being little monsters in the library and jumping out of the cupboard!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 15th Feb 2018, 8:01pm
    I'm delighted that you are finding reading aloud beneficial. You look as though you are enjoying yourselves too.
    Louise Farrow 28th Feb 2018, 2:24pm
    Great to hear that Word of Mouse is going to feature in our World Book Day Book in a Box competition at school. Unfortunately I can't add a picture yet as I am told there is a final surprise still to be added. But I am hoping it won't be the only Reading Gladiator book to appear in a box... I'll post a picture if there are any good ones!
  • Mysterious Making!

    We have really enjoyed reading our favourite poems from ‘Message from the Moon’ together. This week we began thinking about the poem we will be performing and have even started to create some props! We’re very excited!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 8th Feb 2018, 1:33pm
    We are looking forward to seeing your performance. Well done Frederick Bird Gladiators.
  • Our Killer Caterpillar

    We created a Killer Caterpillar together after reading the poem and talking about the rhymes and rhythm. We tried to make it look pretty scary, with lots of pink and puce, just like the poet described!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 6th Feb 2018, 5:45pm
    I will be sure not to pick that caterpillar up! Do you know this traditional rhyme? Little Arabella Miller Found a furry caterpillar First it climbed upon her mother Then upon her baby brother "Ugh" said Arabella Miller "Take away that caterpillar!"
    Beth Burrows 28th Feb 2018, 3:46pm
    The Frederick Bird Gladiators really enjoyed reading the Killer Caterpillar poem too! Your caterpillar is definitely pretty scary looking!
  • Recycled Musical Instruments

    Year 2 at St Matthew’s were inspired by Ossiri to make their own musical instruments from recycled materials.

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 26th Jan 2018, 12:26pm
    I can see that you play the drum by beating it. Do you have a name for the instrument with the beads? Do you shake it to play it? Thank you for sharing.
  • Ossiri’s Tune by the Frederick Bird Band

    We had great fun at Reading Gladiators today! All of our instruments are objects found around the classroom and we persuaded our teachers to hum a tune as well! We loved listening to our recording and were laughing a lot!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 24th Jan 2018, 5:48pm
    Wonderful! I wish I could hear you. Keep making music, Frederick Bird Gladiators!
  • We ‘can’t let go of our dreams!’

    Today we talked about the importance of dreams and how Ossiri yearned to play an instrument. We have represented our own dreams with images of what we’d like to be or places we’d like to go.
    ‘I dream of going to Australia because of all of the animals and the skies are beautiful.’
    ‘I dream of being a professional goalkeeper so that I can save a goal in all of the big stadiums.’
    ‘I dream of being an electrical engineer so that I can make computers, TVs, iPads and consoles for people to use!’

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 17th Jan 2018, 4:46pm
    Wow Frederick Bird! What diverse and interesting dreams you have. I hope you keep these to look back on when you are older.
    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 18th Jan 2018, 9:51am
    Always keep hold of your dreams, Frederick Bird Gladiators. Thank you for sharing your lovely artwork with us.
  • Henley Green Primary School

    Welcoming Nikki Gamble to our school for afternoon tea.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 5th Dec 2017, 11:14am
    And what a welcome it was! Thank you everyone.
  • Henley Green Primary School

    Welcoming Nikki Gamble to our school for afternoon tea.

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 5th Dec 2017, 10:12am
    What a lovely photo Henley Green! I'm sure you made wonderful hosts.
  • Rainbow Island

    Gladiator Ruby thought about how Grey Island would look at the end of the story. We loved her colourful castle!

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 21st Nov 2017, 4:13pm
    I love your colourful castle too Ruby - I think Princess Opal would be very happy to live here!
    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 21st Nov 2017, 4:30pm
    A dream castle. I love the rainbow that looks as though it is a barrier to the rain. Well done, Ruby.
  • Everything’s looking a bit grey!

    We really enjoyed creating our freeze frames in this week’s Reading Gladiators. It was tricky to keep our balance but we tried really hard to show the expressions of our characters on our faces.

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 8th Nov 2017, 8:44pm
    What fantastic expressions Frederick Bird. You've captured the feelings of the characters really well.
    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 8th Nov 2017, 8:49pm
    I love this photographs. They are very expressive AND very grey!
  • St Matthew’s Blazing Fire Dragon

    Our Dragon is made from Autumn elements. Leaves, wind, fire (and card).

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 1st Nov 2017, 6:25pm
    Wow! St Matthews. We are so impressed with this autumnal dragon. I think Autumn is the perfect month for dragons, with all the fiery gold, red and yellow leaves. Just beautiful.