Y2 North West

Welcome to the 2018 – 19 Reading Gladiators challenge. Let the reading begin!

Updates

  • Submission by Banks Road Primary School

    Year 2 Freeze Frames of The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse

    Here are the fantastic Year 2 Reading Gladiators of Banks Road Primary School, Liverpool showing amazing expression during role play and Freeze Framing of 'The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse'.

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    Comments

    Sara Stanley 12th Dec 2018, 8:09am
    We always love it when good books allow you to role play and re-enact. You have all done such a great job of using your eyes and bodies to convey the story. Thank you for your wonderful entry Gladiators.
  • Submission by St Joseph and St Bede R.C. Primary School

    Wolf, Duck and Mouse at St Joseph and St Bede

    St Joseph and St Bede, Bury Freeze Frames from the story of the Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse.

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    Comments

    Sara Stanley 12th Dec 2018, 8:05am
    Well done Gladiators. Your eyes really drew us in and made us quite emotional, You have obviously done a lot of thinking about this book We loved the flying freeze frame and the way that you represented the scenery too. Thank you for submitting this.
  • What does ‘awesome’ mean at St Joseph and St Bede?

    We used the iPad at SJSB to collate our ideas, and tweeted them to Stacy McAnulty, author of ‘Planet Awesome’. To our surprise, right at the end of our session she tweeted back. Some very excited Gladiators going home tonight!!

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 7th Dec 2018, 5:52am
    Fabulous ideas SJSB and how awesome to hear back from Stacy!
    Sara Stanley 7th Dec 2018, 6:25am
    What awesome progress we have made on our planet to be able to do that !
  • Year 2 St Joseph’s Ramsbottom

    Exploring their new book ‘Planet Awesome’ and discussing likes/dislikes.

    Comments

    Sara Stanley 6th Dec 2018, 10:09am
    You are all looking very interested already. What would you call our planet? We are looking forward to finding out about all your finding out!
  • SJSB ‘The moral of the story’

    We thought about the moral of the story in ‘The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse’.
    We all had very different opinions, but we all felt that it definitely wasn’t about ‘Greed never pays’. Year 2 ruled that one out straight away! We enjoyed explaining our reasons and developed our vocabulary.

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 30th Nov 2018, 12:31pm
    How interesting. Sometimes the discussion is more important than coming to an agreement.
    Sara Stanley 30th Nov 2018, 12:35pm
    Isn't it interesting that we all have different ideas and that a good book develops our reasoning skills.
  • Sedgley Park Primary School

    Yay!!
    Runners-up in the mini-challenge!!
    Thank-you for the gorgeous book Zeraffa Giraffa!
    We were so excited as we opened our special delivery! We can’t wait to read it! We will then add it to our class library! x

    Comments

    Sara Stanley 27th Nov 2018, 11:53am
    Well deserved and we are very happy you like it. How lovely that you will be sharing it with the whole school. We are sure you will be able to think of a brilliant way to entice others to read it.
  • Sedgley Park Primary School –

    Exploring the characters of Duck and Mouse through drama!

    Comments

    Sara Stanley 27th Nov 2018, 11:51am
    What interesting characters these two are. How did bringing them to life through drama help you understand them better? Which aspects of Duck and Mouse interested you most we wonder?
  • Sedgley Park

    One of our favourite activities so far – Reader’s Theatre!

    Comments

    Sara Stanley 27th Nov 2018, 11:46am
    This looks very dramatic! What is it about Reader's Theatre that you all like so much? We are imagining some very interesting voices here. Well done Sedgley Park Gladiators
  • SJSB Wolf, Duck, Mouse

    We had such fun recreating the expressions from Jon Klassen’s illustrations

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 23rd Nov 2018, 12:57am
    Great expressions SJSB and very convincing.
  • SJSB Wolf, Duck, Mouse

    We explored the eyes of the characters in the book to see what this told us about the characters and their feelings.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 23rd Nov 2018, 12:56am
    Isn't it amazing how much we can tell by a character's eyes? Sometimes it's just the eyebrows. See if you can find a copy of Bethan Wollvin's Little Red in school, or find an image of the book jacket online. What do the eyes of this character suggest to you?
  • Wolf, Duck, Mouse

    At St Joseph and St Bede we have been using Reader’s Theatre to explore our latest text. There were great performances all round!

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 16th Nov 2018, 2:25pm
    This looks wonderful!
  • Wolf, Duck, Mouse

    Conscience Alley at St Joseph and St Bede. We used puppets to help us with our characterisation.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 23rd Nov 2018, 1:24am
    Puppets and Consience Alley, what an inspired combination. I am sure some of the other schols will find this useful. Thank you for sharing.
    Marsha Hopley 26th Nov 2018, 6:12pm
    I will certainly try this idea at Albert Pye next time we try conscience alley.
  • Wolf, Duck, Mouse

    At St Joseph and St Bede we made short conversations between Duck and Mouse. They gave each other advice about what they should do next.

    Comments

    Sara Stanley 16th Nov 2018, 3:28pm
    what wonderful images ! Mouse and duck look very engaged. What sort of advice are they dishing out we wonder?
  • Submission by Belle Vale Community Primary School, Liverpool

    Belle Vale Y2 – Glassmaker’s Daughter

    Year 2 Reading Gladiators have been encouraging KS1 children to read the Glassmaker's Daughter.

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    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 6th Nov 2018, 2:38pm
    Just Imagine comment: what a dramatic impact this display makes. It's really nice to see that you each have something to say about the book to make your classmates want to pick it up and read it.
    Sara Stanley 7th Nov 2018, 11:46am
    I'm sure nobody will walk past this beautiful display and not want to read the book. A fantastic way to lure other readers in.
    Sonia Thompson 7th Nov 2018, 1:11pm
    What a display! That certainly catches the eye and would certainly make me want to read the book. Congratulations Belle Vale!
  • Submission by Sedgley Park Community Primary School

    Sedgley Park Y2 Reading Gladiators

    The illustrations in The Glassmaker’s Daughter inspired us to recreate the glass palace using water colours and glitter!
    We also introduced Daniela. Will Diana smile?
    Who is going to read our book to find out?

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  • Creating our own stained Glass windows.

    Children imagined what their palace would be like and then made glass windows .

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 4th Nov 2018, 4:39pm
    We thought this was absolutely gorgeous. Glass is such a wonderful material. You can hear mre about Venetian glass in the podcast we have just done with Dianne Hofmeyr, which will be uploaded to the website soon.
    Sara Stanley 7th Nov 2018, 11:45am
    wow! these are stunning. I love stained glass do you take commissions?
    Sonia Thompson 7th Nov 2018, 1:13pm
    There are clearly some fabulous artists reading this book! Amazing job!
    Jarweria Maqsood 16th Nov 2018, 1:06pm
    The children at Chapel Street loved doing this !
  • Sedgley Park Year 2 Reading Gladiators

    Why is Daniela so sad?

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 4th Nov 2018, 4:42pm
    We love the way that your display shows the work you have been doing throughout the month. We hope that other children enjoy reading the book now that you have introduced it to them.
    Sara Stanley 7th Nov 2018, 11:48am
    This display captures so many elements of the book, the beautiful imagery, emotions and colours of sadness and joy.
  • Sedgley Park Reading Gladitors

    Our sign up sheet! Who is going to read The Glassmaker’s Daughter next?

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 4th Nov 2018, 4:43pm
    A sign up sheet is a great idea. I wonder if any other schools are doing this?
    Sara Stanley 7th Nov 2018, 11:49am
    I would definitely want to sign up! great idea.
  • Sedgley Park Reading Gladiators

    Our display to promote The Glassmaker’s Daughter’.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 4th Nov 2018, 4:44pm
    An eye catching display with your wonderful glass palace at the centre. How did you create that glass effect? I am sure Jane Ray would be interested to know.
  • St Joseph’s Year 2 Reading Gladiators- The Glassmaker’s Daughter

    Year 2 ‘hot seating’ as Angelo in a recent Reading Gladiators session.

     

    Comments

    Sara Stanley 23rd Oct 2018, 3:52pm
    Hotseating is such an important way to understand motive and think with empathy. I wonder What sort of questions did you ask that allowed you to understand Angelo on a personal level?
  • What could make Daniela smile?

    The Guardian Angel’s Gladiators have been thinking about what could make Daniela smile. Some of the ideas were giving her a shiny necklace, sharing some chocolate ice cream or dressing up like a clown.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 18th Oct 2018, 4:53pm
    Great suggestions. There’s one thing on your list that makes me smile. I wonder if you can guess which one? Poor melancholy Daniela, I hope someone can make her smile!
  • Sedgley Park Primary School

    Our Year 2 Reading Gladiators talking about why Daniela might be feeling sad!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 11th Oct 2018, 9:59pm
    Hello everyone! Did you find any clues in the pictures? What makes you feel sad? Do you think it might be the same for Daniela?
  • Sedgley Park Primary School

    What we know, can guess and want to know about Daniela from The Glassmaker’s Daughter.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 11th Oct 2018, 9:56pm
    What interesting ideas. You cam up with so many different reasons that Daniela might be sad and they all make good sense. Your predictions look good too. Do you think reading other stories has hhelped you to make these predictions?
  • Sedgley Park Primary School

    Our Reading Gladiators discussed why Daniela might be feeling sad!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 11th Oct 2018, 9:53pm
    I like your journals. It's a great way to keep a record of your ideas and you will be able to look back at the end of the year and see the reading journey that you have travelled together.
    Sara Stanley 12th Oct 2018, 9:30am
    I love these thoughtful entries... I want to go to Manchester too! ( and in my experience dads always say NO to new cats )
  • St Joseph and St Bede Gladiators Predict

    We made and justified predictions about the Glassmaker’s Daughter. We can’t wait to find out if anyone can make Daniela smile.😬

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 11th Oct 2018, 9:51pm
    Do you know any other stories that have a similar character? Have you heard of The Golden Goose? In that story a King's Daughter doesn't speak or smile. I wonder if she smiles in the end?
    Sara Stanley 12th Oct 2018, 9:33am
    Hello smiley people...did you all agree first time round or did you have to persuade anyone? What sorts of things might you say to someone who wasn't sure?
  • Sedgley Park Primary School

    Discussing Daniela from ‘The Glassmaker’s Daughter’.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 11th Oct 2018, 9:46pm
    Hello Sedgley Park Gladiators! You look deep in thought. We hope you are enjoying the Glassmaker's Daughter.
    Sara Stanley 3rd Dec 2018, 10:54am
    It looks just like a beautiful patterned tablecloth
  • The Glassmaker’s Daughter

    As the book is set in Venice, the St Joseph and St Bede Gladiators looked at Miss Lowe’s holiday pictures to find similarities with the front cover! We loved that the buildings were right next to the water.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 4th Oct 2018, 6:26pm
    You were lucky that Miss Lowe was able to share her pictures of Venice. Can you see the connections with Jane Ray's beautiful illustrations?
    Sara Stanley 5th Oct 2018, 5:58pm
    How wonderful. I’ve also been to Venice and my trip inspired me to read a book called The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke You may come across it in a couple of years time
  • The Glassmaker’s Daughter

    Here’s what the St Joseph and St Bede Gladiators thought about Venice, based on the front cover…We used piccollage to document our ideas.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 4th Oct 2018, 6:25pm
    Hello St Joseph and St Bede Gladiators. You have got off to a tremendous start. You have put a lot of thought into thinking about the front cover. I can see you have used your knowledge about Venice as well as making some inferences about character based on her demeanour and expression. Well done everyone!
    Sara Stanley 5th Oct 2018, 6:03pm
    What fabulous thoughts and ideas . Did you ask lots of questions as you analysed the illustration and each other’s ideas ? If so I would be very interested to hear them 🧠
  • How will we make Daniella smile?

    We all thought of ways to make Daniella smile. We could pretend to be a clown, tickle her, tell her some jokes or give her a party.

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 3rd Oct 2018, 4:40pm
    What great ideas Belle Vale! Personally I think a party would make me smile but I'm sure you could tell me some good jokes.
    Sara Stanley 5th Oct 2018, 6:00pm
    Brilliant.. your ideas have made me smile 😊 I wonder what it would be like to have to smile all the time ?
  • Let the challenge begin!

    Hello to all Year 2  Reading Gladiators in the North-west  We are looking forward to hearing what you think about this year’s books. Be sure to post an update and tell us how you are getting on.