Y2 South West

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

Updates

  • Year 2 Bridge Learning Campus-Planet Awesome

    Today in Reading Gladiators we thought about which planets we consider to be awesome. Earth was the strongest contender, however it was extremely interesting to see how much information we already knew about planets.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 15th Dec 2018, 12:11pm
    Hello BLC Gladiators. You really do know a lot. Sharing knowledge is such a good idea as there's always something to learn from others. Is Pluto a planet or not?
  • Submission by Bridge Learning Campus

    Bridge Learning Campus mini challenge-The Wolf The Duck and The Mouse

    The Year 2 Reading Gladiator children had a fantastic time freeze-framing the story using photography.
    We then overlaid speech and drawn resources to make the pictures stand out. We worked really hard to use our eyes expressively to convey emotion. Each Gladiator had a go at the different roles. We thoroughly enjoyed creating this.
    Well done Year 2 Gladiators!

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    Comments

    Sara Stanley 13th Dec 2018, 8:46am
    What a creative and thoughtful entry Gladiators. you have created a whole new book and I'm sure the author and illustrator would love to see this work of art. Great job and thank you for submitting this.
  • Submission by Gloucester Road Nursery & Primary School

    The Wolf, The Duck and The Mouse – Freeze Frame Submission

    As a group, we decided on the 8 key events in the book. The Gladiators then created freeze frames and used illustrations in the book to help each other convey the character's emotions in each frame.

    Constructive comments included:
    "Close you eyes a bit more, you've just woken up so you're still a bit tired"
    "Imagine someone has come out of your mouth. It would hurt and you would be a bit surprised."
    "Molly, I really like the way you're looking at Harry. It looks like you're really listening to him"

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    Comments

    Sara Stanley 13th Dec 2018, 8:25am
    A fantastic way to approach this challenge by setting yourselves even more challenges. We loved the way you critiqued each other. We also loved your expressions, creativity and thoughtfulness. Thank you for your entry Gladiators
  • The moral of the story

    Bailee at Bridge Learning Campus decided that the moral was-Greed never pays! He paid for his greed by granting the mouse and the duck a wish.

    Comments

    Sara Stanley 2nd Dec 2018, 10:03pm
    These discussions are so valuable ....we would love to know if this Was a unanimous decision ?
    Vourneen Carter 6th Dec 2018, 4:16pm
    Hi Sara, There was a big group discussion and then the children made their decisions. No the decision wasn't unanimous. Each child had a different reason for choosing their moral.We have written a group letter to the author with many questions including asking about what the intended moral was.
    Sara Stanley 6th Dec 2018, 5:12pm
    That’s fabulous please let us know if you get a response .Authors and Illustrators always love to hear from their readers
  • Year 2 children at Bridge Learning Campus have been deciding on the moral of the story

    Mehwish decided that “Always make the best of a situation” was the correct moral.

    Comments

    Sara Stanley 2nd Dec 2018, 10:10pm
    I wonder why they never gave up hope ? Do you think this would be the case for everyone stuck in the same situation ?
    Vourneen Carter 10th Dec 2018, 3:23pm
    Hi Sara, No,we thought that these characters were very positive in thought.Other people/characters would have completely despaired.
  • Year 2 children at Bridge Learning Campus have being deciding about the message/moral of the story

    Gracie decided that the moral was “Always make the best of a situation” because although the mouse and the duck were swallowed they didn’t give up hope eventually making the Wolf’s belly their home.

    Comments

    Sara Stanley 2nd Dec 2018, 10:06pm
    Brilliant reasoning Gracie. Do you think this describes your personality too ?
  • Year 2 children at Bridge Learning Campus planning their next mini-challenge

    Children in our Year 2 Reading Gladiator group today started to plan the main events(key moments) in the story:The Wolf,the Duck and the Mouse by Mac Barnett.We then started to take photos of children acting out these key scenes.
    Well done Gladiators!

    Comments

    Sara Stanley 27th Nov 2018, 11:43am
    This is really impressive. Story mapping is a really useful way to understand key elements to a story. I wonder if authors and illustrators map the same story the same way?
  • Thank you for our gifts from Just Imagine Reading Gladiators Team

    Thank you so much for our gifts!
    We were so excited at Bridge Learning Campus to receive a book called:The Glassmaker’s Daughter signed by the author Dianne Hofmeyr and also signed by the very talented illustrator-Jane Ray!

    Comments

    Sara Stanley 27th Nov 2018, 11:39am
    Isn't it just beautiful. We are so glad you like it and know that it will always make you smile.
  • Opening our present from the Reading Gladiators Team

    We were all so excited at Bridge Learning Campus to open our present from the Reading Gladiators Team at Just Imagine.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 9th Dec 2018, 5:45pm
    We love sending presents out to our Reading Gladiator teams. Keep up the great work everyone!
  • Thank you for our present!

    Today we received a present from the Just Imagine Reading Gladiators Team for our mini-challenge hot seating display.
    We are all so excited at Bridge Learning Campus!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 9th Dec 2018, 5:47pm
    A bit of sparkle and a good book always brightens our day. Happy Reading everyone.
  • Thank you so much for the Year 2 present for our mini-challenge

    Dear Reading Gladiators Team,
    Thank you so much for our present for winning the latest Reading Gladiators mini-challenge.
    From Year 2 Reading Gladiators at Bridge Learning Campus

    Comments

    Sara Stanley 27th Nov 2018, 11:36am
    what an exciting moment! there's nothing better than a sparkly book shaped present . well deserved and we hope you all enjoy it
  • Zeraffa Giraffa

    Thank you so much for our book, Zeraffa Giraffa! We really enjoyed reading it. We could tell it was by the same author and illustrator as The Glassmaker’s daughter as all the people look similar and we thought we saw Daniela in the crowd looking at Zeraffa!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 23rd Nov 2018, 12:50am
    What gorgeous photos. Thank you for sharing and congratulations on your deserved win.
  • What are Mouse and Duck thinking?

    We’ve been discussing what Mouse and Duck must be thinking at this point in the story. We know that Duck seems to be quite ‘content’ and ‘satisfied’ in the Wolf’s tummy – Harry says he must be as cosy as we are in our reading corner! Mouse, however, is not happy at all and Vir thinks he will soon start plotting a way to get back out!

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 13th Nov 2018, 5:31pm
    You certainly look very comfortable - I'd love to curl up in your reading corner with a book!Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I'm very impressed by your deep thinking :)
    Sara Stanley 13th Nov 2018, 5:39pm
    Wow! That certainly does look cosy. What might entice you to go out into the cold ? Why do you think duck is content?
  • Our predictions for our second book

    This month, we used our thought and speech bubbles to write down our predictions. We just looked at the front cover and title to make these!
    Amelia explained to the others that she thought all three animals would become friends because stories aren’t always what they seem. The others found this interesting, but still thought that the wolf would end up eating the other two animals!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 13th Nov 2018, 5:35pm
    Oh, some very interesting thoughts here Gloucester Road. I like the way you are making connections with other stories. Do you think the wolf will eat them at the beginning or the end of the story? It could be a short story if they get eaten on the first few pages. I wonder...
    Sophie Boulter 14th Nov 2018, 9:34pm
    Molly said that she thought they'd be eaten near the end of the book because from the front cover, "it looks like the wolf is being sneaky and following then round a forest." Harry didn't agree and thought that the wolf would eat the mouse near the start and then would be trying to catch the duck because he might fly away. Sofia added "If they get eaten at the start then why is the book called The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse because they wouldn't really be in it anymore." We then read the opening part of the book and realised we were all wrong, but that our predictions were all great ideas for our own stories!
  • Submission by Bridge Learning Campus

    Year 2 mini-challenge Bridge Learning Campus Bristol

    The display on The Glassmaker's Daughter was based on the Hot seating activity of the character Angelo. All the children contributed to the questions that were asked.
    The children have really loved the illustrations in this book also.
    Well done Year 2 Reading Gladiators!

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    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 6th Nov 2018, 11:53am
    Just Imagine comment: Hello Bridge Learning Campus. We loved your display. We thought it was very eyecatching and would be sure to attract the attention of the other children in your class. We are really pleased to hear that you are enjoying being Reading Gladiators and we look forward to hearing what you think of the next book.
    Vourneen Carter 6th Dec 2018, 4:19pm
    Thank you so much Nicola.
  • Submission by St Teresa’s Catholic Primary, Bristol

    The Glass Maker’s Daughter (Year 2 St. Teresa’s Catholic Primary School)

    The Reading Gladiators at St. Teresa's were so blown away by the illustration of the shattering of the glass palace that they decided to recreate their own as a way of showing the rest of the school what a brilliant book they have been reading.

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    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 6th Nov 2018, 1:36pm
    Just Imagine comment: Hello St Teresa's. What a great idea to reproduce a favourite page. We loved this too because it's the climax to the story and the picture and the words work together so beautifully to create evoke the senses of sound and sight. Your display is bound to encourage other children to want to read the book.
    Sophie Boulter 11th Nov 2018, 9:26pm
    Wow, what an amazing picture! I love how they've used different types of shiny paper to recreate the page. I know I'd definitely want to read that book after seeing their display!
  • Submission by Gloucester Road Nursery & Primary School

    The Glassmaker’s Daughter Mini Challenge

    Our first book was a hit! Gloucester Road Gladiators loved The Glassmaker's Daughter by Dianne Hofmeyr. Our Gladiators loved sharing their views on the book using their own speech / thought bubbles and Vir was chosen by the group to write up his 50 word summary. Since making our first display, three other children have come and told us that they have read the book too! We will update our display for each new book we read to introduce others in our school to some amazing books.

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    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 6th Nov 2018, 2:36pm
    Just Imagine comment: we think that if we were in your class, this display would make us want to read the book because your thoughts would intrigue us. Thank you for sharing them.
    Sophie Boulter 11th Nov 2018, 9:22pm
    Thanks for your comment Nicola, the children loved having their own space to write their thoughts and enjoyed sharing these with their friends (and a few parents too!) This month, we've used the bubbles to write down predictions about what we think will happen in our new book.
    Sara Stanley 12th Nov 2018, 10:51am
    We are very excited to see the next speech bubbles too, I wonder if we can predict your predictions?
  • Year 2 mini-challenge-Bridge Learning Campus,Bristol

    A display featuring The Glassmaker’s Daughter by Dianne Hofmeyr.
    The children at BLC hot-seated the character Angelo and asked him so many questions.

    Comments

    Sara Stanley 26th Oct 2018, 3:37pm
    This is so beautiful. It is like a picture book itself. It looks like you have had a really enjoyable and productive session with The Glassmakers daughter. Thank you for sharing this
    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 26th Oct 2018, 4:04pm
    What a gorgeous display. It would tempt me to want to read the book, so I hope lots of other children in your glass wil want to read it now.
  • Year 2 Reading Gladiators at Bridge Learning Campus

    Well done to all the Year 2 Reading Gladiators at Bridge Learning Campus for making their own Gladiator helmets.The helmets are being proudly displayed in school.

    Comments

    Sara Stanley 26th Oct 2018, 3:46pm
    So glad they are being displayed for all to see . Will you also parade around the classrooms to proclaim the power of reading too ?
    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 26th Oct 2018, 4:01pm
    A great idea for starting out on your Reading Gladiators journey. We look forward to hearing all about it.
  • Layla-Reading Gladiator helmets-Bridge Learning Campus, Bristol

    Layla and her sister Gracie made beautiful Reading Gladiator helmets at home.
    Well done girls!

    Comments

    Sara Stanley 26th Oct 2018, 3:39pm
    We love the idea of reading Gladiator helmets ...ready to engage . Will you wear them in every session ?
  • Reading Gladiator helmets -Bridge Learning Campus, Bristol

    Gracie made her Reading Gladiator helmet at home.Well done Gracie!

    Comments

    Sara Stanley 26th Oct 2018, 3:44pm
    I wonder if this beautiful helmet would make Daniella smile as much as it makes us smile ?
  • Year 2 RG helmets Bridge Learning Campus Bristol

    Anna wearing her Reading Gladiator helmet that was made at home.

    Comments

    Sara Stanley 26th Oct 2018, 3:42pm
    Stunning, I think the team at Just Imagine should have RG helmets just like these. Do the children’s designs and colours match their personalities ?
  • Reading Gladiator helmets-Bridge Learning Campus Bristol

    Navon made this Reading Gladiator helmet at home.

    Comments

    Sara Stanley 26th Oct 2018, 3:34pm
    Wow, that is spectaculus maximus
  • St. Teresa’s Year 2 Reading Gladiators

    We loved reading The Glassmaker’s Daughter and learning all about Venice. Our favourite page was the smashing of the Glass Palace. It made us all say wow!!!

    Comments

    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 16th Oct 2018, 3:47pm
    And that is why we chose books to be in Reading Gladiators - because they make us say Wow! too. So glad your enjoyed your first read.
  • Let the challenge begin!

    Hello to all Year 2  Reading Gladiators in the South-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.