Y2 South West 2018

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

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  • Submission by Bridge Learning Campus

    Second/Third Image-Blue John- Bridge Learning Campus

    Mehwish and Anna chose grey and black card to create their images contrasting light and dark.
    Mehwish chose:'He passed the candle round and the other children lit theirs and held them up, and the cave was full of pale white moons and glittering stars.The lights of the candles flickered and gleamed on the wet walls.'
    'There he was, lit up in the darkness, with his amethyst eyes purple and blue like the glacier, and his amber hair as golden as the sun."
    Anna chose: 'Soon all the children were dancing in a crazy, laughing,happy way.Their shadows leaped around them.'
    'Their voices and laughter and the sunshine of the outside world had gone with them."

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    Sara Stanley 15th Jul 2019, 12:23pm
    such great choices Reading Gladiators and we've loved these wonderful atmospheric illustrations. keep up the fantastic work.
  • Anna’s mini-challenge-Blue John:Bridge Learning Campus

    Anna was able to use black and grey card to create a collage of a scene from the book.This scene is where Blue John is dancing happily after finally finding friends in the cave.

  • Mini challenge for Blue John by Mehwish-Bridge Learning Campus

    Mehwish was able to use two different colours;black and grey, to create a picture of Blue John and the little girl who visited his cave. Mehwish decided to show both of the children dancing amongst the stalagmites and stalactites in the cave.

  • Mini-challenge-BLC first part: Blue John

    The children used black and white card as a group to create a silhouette image of Blue John dancing with one of the children in the cave.
    The BLC Gladiators chose two quotes from the story:
    ‘The children ran,dancing and laughing.They tumbled out of the Queen’s chamber and up along the echoing passages, dancing and laughing, singing and skipping out into the brilliant light of the day.’
    ‘Blue John was alone with the silence.He searched among the shadows of the caverns, he listened to the darkness, but there was no trace left of the children or the little smiling girl with ribbons of moss in her hair who had danced for him.’

  • BLC: Thank you for this beautiful illustration-Emily Button from A First Book of the Sea by Nicola Davies

    Thank you so much for the second illustration that we received in our prize today for winning the latest mini-challenge.
    Simply Stunning! The Year 2 Reading Gladiators loved this.

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 28th May 2019, 1:40pm
    Another beauty!
  • BLC:Illustration-Jarvis from Tropical Terry

    Thank you for this beautiful illustration.
    We are going to frame it and put it up in school. We’re thinking too that we might do some fabric art based on the gorgeous illustration.The photo does not really capture the stunning colours in the work. Year 2 Reading Gladiators are so thrilled!

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 28th May 2019, 1:40pm
    It is rather gorgeous. We can't wait to see your artwork, please do share it with us!
  • BLC: Thank you for our lovely signed books and illustrations!

    Dear Just Imagine Reading Gladiators,
    Thank you so much for the beautiful signed books that Year 2 received today. Thank you also for the wonderful illustrations: Jarvis from Tropical Terry and Emily Button from A First Book of the Sea by Nicola Davies.
    We were all so happy to receive your letter congratulating us on being Overall Winners in the latest Reading Gladiator mini-challenge.

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 28th May 2019, 1:38pm
    It's our pleasure! We know for sure that the books have gone to an excellent home where they will be enjoyed and treasured. Happy reading and do let us know which are your favourites.
  • BLC-What do we know about caves and caverns?-Blue John

    Some more examples of what different students could tell me about caves and caverns.Some fantastic uses of interesting and related vocabulary too.

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 20th May 2019, 2:22pm
    Very impressive. Having such good background knowledge will really enhance your reading of Blue John.
  • BLC:What do we know about caves?-Blue John

    Another example of what a child in Year 2 Reading Gladiators knows about caves and caverns.

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 20th May 2019, 2:20pm
    Very knowledgeable!
  • BLC Describing an illustration at the beginning of Blue John

    Navon was able to use similes to describe the landscape in the illustration at the beginning of Blue John. Fantastic use of figurative language.

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 20th May 2019, 2:19pm
    Well done Navon - fantastic writing!
  • BLC-Blue John -Drawing a description of figurative language

    Mehwish drew the brilliant description of the stalactites in Blue John.

  • BLC-Drawing the description of the stalactites in Blue John

    Tyler-Jay was able to use the figurative language in Blue John to draw the stalactites described.

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 20th May 2019, 2:17pm
    Super reading skills here.
  • BLC-Blue John-Describing an illustration

    Zaid was able to use figurative language to describe using similes what he saw in the illustration at the beginning of Blue John.

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 20th May 2019, 2:16pm
    Wonderful writing - well done!
  • Gracie O’Driscoll Bridge Learning Campus-What do we know about caves?

    Gracie was able to tell me what she knew about caves.She also chose to use information books to find out more about caves.

  • BLC noun phrases

    Some more super noun phrases based on the chapters of Blue John.Well done!

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 20th May 2019, 2:16pm
    These are great - I love the sound of a 'darkness dance'!
  • Blue John Two word noun phrases BLC

    Gracie O’Driscoll made two word noun phrases by pairing the words together from the Blue John Contents page.
    Well done Gracie!

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 14th May 2019, 4:47pm
    Great work Gladiator Gracie!I think my favourite is Darkness Dance.
  • Submission by Bridge Learning Campus

    Bridge Learning campus-Perfect by Nicola Davies:The boy’s emotional journey throughout the story

    We discussed the boy's emotional journey throughout the story and each child in the Gladiator group created an image to represent how the boy was feeling in each part of the story.
    Well done Gladiators!

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    Sara Stanley 6th May 2019, 5:50pm
    Thank you for such a detailed body of work Bridge Learning Campus Reading Gladiators . Your images are beautifully considered and presented in both thought and artistic presentation. I'm sorry I couldn't turn the images to horizontal but they are just as great to look at sideways !
  • Bridge Learning campus-Perfect by Nicola Davies:The boy’s emotional journey throughout the story

    The second part of our mini-challenge submission.Well done Gladiators!

  • Bridge Learning campus-Perfect by Nicola Davies:The boy’s emotional journey throughout the story

    The first part of our mini-challenge submission. Each child had a page in the story to represent as the boy’s emotional journey.

  • Perfect Viewpoint-Perfect by Nicola Davies Bridge Learning Campus

    Today the Year 2 children were taught about Viewpoints.We used the following abbreviations:
    BEV-Bird’s-Eye View
    BS-Becoming the Subject
    EL-Eye level camera angle
    WEV-Worm’s eye view
    We discussed different pictures in Perfect by Nicola Davies and the children then decided which viewpoint each picture had been taken from and how the boy was feeling at each stage in the story.
    The children brought in different photos of themselves from home and we decided as a group which viewpoint the photos had been taken from.Some beautiful photos were brought in so thank you Gladiators!

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    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 26th Mar 2019, 10:21am
    Wonderful! Perfect has been a very popular choice among trainee teachers visiting us at Just Imagine HQ recently. Superb work on perspective - skills that will serve your gladiators well reading other picture books. Thank you for sharing.
  • BLC-Horace and Harriet Take on the Town-Who’s Who? and Where’s Where?

    Navon shared his first thoughts about the characters and how they might behave. Super ideas Navon.Well done!

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 8th Mar 2019, 4:58pm
    Well done Navon! You have given really good reasons for your ideas too.
  • Compare and Contrast-A Double Bubble Map-Horace and Harriet (Bridge Learning Campus)

    We used a semantic map to dig deeper into the meaning and emotional associations of the word -HOME.
    Lovely ideas-cosy, safe, at ease, territory.
    Linked words: dwelling, residence, territory.
    Horace’s idea of a perfect home- No graffiti, no pooing pigeons,no litter. A posh home with maybe a moat, balcony and crow’s nest? Like the shed conversion?
    Some fab ideas with the additional use of Dictionaries and a Thesaurus.
    Well done Year 2 Gladiators!

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 8th Mar 2019, 5:00pm
    You certainly have dug deeper - who would have thought a word like home would have so many associations! Often words which seem simple have many layers of meaning.
  • Horace and Harriet Take on the Town- The main character-Horace (Bridge Learning Campus)

    We started the story by Clare Elsom and viewed the power point on statues.These were some of the drawings of the main character by-Gracie H, Kaelen, Bailee and Taylor.
    Well done Gladiators! Super pictures for our floor book.

  • Submission by Bridge Learning Campus

    My Life as a Goldfish mini-challenge submission by Bridge Learning Campus, Bristol.

    BLC Year 2 Gladiators are a mixed group from three different classes.The children decided to write a group poem.
    We thought about our personalities and ourselves as learners. At the end of the poem(because we have received so many gifts from Just Imagine for our mini-challenges) the children suggested that they could be the gifts and if you unwrap them then they show their talent.
    We hope that you enjoy our poem.

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    Sara Stanley 11th Feb 2019, 1:59pm
    and what a gift!thank you BLC Reading Gladiators
  • Bridge Learning Campus Mini-Challenge: To create a group poem

    We brainstormed words associated with our group and their personalities.
    The children felt that they could be the gifts to unwrap their creativity (at the end of the poem).
    Well done Gladiators!

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    Sara Stanley 10th Feb 2019, 7:58pm
    Absolutely magical! You have used some very powerful words and we love the gift Brilliant collective poetry Reading Gladiators
  • Gracie O’ Connor’s poem titled: My Goldfish. (Bridge Learning Campus, Bristol)

    Gracie wrote this poem titled:
    My Goldfish
    Cold water in a tank,
    A shimmering goldfish,
    Trying to escape his murky prison,
    He’s given up!

    Poor goldfish.This poem brought a tear to my eye. Well done Gracie!

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    Sara Stanley 10th Feb 2019, 8:07pm
    Oh Gracie, I hope the poor goldfish finds something to lighten up its day soon. Beautiful poignant words, but it makes me feel very glad that I am not a goldfish
  • Bailee’s Acrostic poem inspired by the poem My Life as a Goldfish by Rachel Rooney (Bridge Learning Campus, Bristol)

    Bailee produced an Acrostic poem:
    Fins translucent.
    Itching to get out of the goldfish bowl.
    Shimmering in golden loveliness.
    Hiding between rocks.

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    Sara Stanley 10th Feb 2019, 8:03pm
    Beautiful imagery Bailee. It sounds so enticing that I’m off to find some rocks of shimmering golden loveliness to hide in too
  • Navon’s poem:My Goldfish based on My Life as a Goldfish-Bridge Learning Campus, Bristol

    Navon created a poem in the same style as My Life as a Goldfish using word play:
    Fanta apple Batman
    Ipad race track USA
    Sun egg Nintendo
    Human / Goldfish bowl.
    Navon’s beautiful illustration next to the poem explained the view from the murky depths of the goldfish bowl. Very clever Navon. Well done!

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    Sara Stanley 10th Feb 2019, 7:25pm
    That’s such a interesting way to use words to create a lovely poem fantastic
  • Bailee, Anna and Tyler-Jay from BLC drinking hot chocolate, dunking marshmallows and eating biscuits.

    Thank you Just Imagine for our prize!
    We shared more poems from My Life as a Goldfish and had such a good time.

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    Sara Stanley 8th Feb 2019, 4:16pm
    So glad you had some wonderful poetry to snuggle up with. We can't wait to find out what you thought of my life as a goldfish.
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    Vourneen Carter 10th Feb 2019, 5:03pm
    Hi Sara We loved it! Have a look at Navon's poem in the updates.Thoroughly inspired by the book.
  • Year 2 BLC Gladiators finally had their hot chocolate, biscuits and marshmallows!

    Today we finally had our treat from Just Imagine. The Year 2 Gladiators were so excited!
    Thank you!

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 8th Feb 2019, 4:15pm
    Mmmmmm that looks delicious It's cold and wet here in Essex; time for hot chocolate here, I think.