Y2 LONDON BOROUGHS 2019/20

Welcome to the 2019-20 Reading Gladiators™ challenges. Let the reading begin!

Updates

  • Mr Tiger role on the wall

    We love this activity, as it really gets our ideas flowing and we come up with lots of wonderful vocabulary to describe our character. Mr Tiger looks very large and a bit fierce (because he is a tiger), but he is actually very kind to everyone he meets and tries to help them.

    Comments

    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 30th Jan 2020, 3:42pm
    A brilliant example of The Role on the Wall activity. Well done!
    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 31st Jan 2020, 10:44am
    How lovely! Role on the Wall is such a great way to get thinking about how characters might be different on the inside to how they are on the outside!
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    Gail Beale 31st Jan 2020, 3:09pm
    Exactly! We talked about how he Mr. Tiger looks a little scary on the outside, because he is a tiger and tigers are usually fierce. However, he is a lovely tiger on the inside and acts in a very kind and helpful way to others.
  • ‘I Statements’

    We all agreed that Mr Glory was the most anxious about Betsy going up the mountain, because he is a bit of a worrier and she is his daughter! We decided that Myrtle was more excited for Betsy than worried because she wanted her to learn about mountains and have an adventure. Surprisingly, we thought that Mr Tiger would also be a bit worried, because it is a huge responsibility for him to take Betsy up the mountain on his back. We thought he might be worried about falling back and hurting her, as it would be his fault!

    Comments

    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 28th Jan 2020, 3:21pm
    Thank you for sharing your thoughtful comments with us.
  • Visualisations NHP

    Our year 2 RG must have had a psychic link to me yesterday, as some of their visualisations are almost spot on for the front cover of our new book! They are already hooked on the story, just from reading the first 3 chapters. We are looking forward to exploring the story further together.

    Comments

    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 21st Jan 2020, 12:52pm
    I can see just how carefully they listened and focused on the different elements. We are so glad that they are hooked on the story!
  • Submission by Northumberland Heath Primary School

    Sumbawa Newspaper Reports

    The children completed their newspaper reports in pairs after looking at some examples online.

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    Comments

    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 17th Jan 2020, 2:09pm
    Thank you for your great reports! We really enjoyed reading them.
  • Submission by St Matthias School

    Maple News!

    As it has been the holidays, we didn't have time to complete the challenge at school. So, I set the children the task of creating a newspaper for homework and this is Mahdiya's wonderful work! With a little bit of help from her sister, a year 6 RG, she created this newspaper article all about the moment when the reporters first saw the deadly dragon! I'm really proud of the way she worked independently to create a newspaper, as we haven't learnt this yet in class. We hope you like it too!

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    Comments

    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 17th Jan 2020, 2:08pm
    Thank you for your fantastic entry, how lovely that Mahdiya worked independently on this! (Well done to her sister too!)
  • Visualisations

    Today, our Reading Gladiators worked on visualisation. They carefully listened to details of the front cover and using their own imaginations, visualised how this would look and drew their own front cover. We were all very interested to see how everyone heard the same thing but drew totally different front covers.

    Good work Reading Gladiators.

  • Interviewing Sumbawa

    Our year 2 RG performed some compelling interviews to each other today. We found out that his favourite foods are oranges and flies. We also discovered that he doesn’t like it when visitors to the zoo make faces at him through the glass.

    Comments

    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 10th Jan 2020, 9:33am
    What fun you are having with this book, Northumberland Heath! It's so lovey to see, thank you for sharing.
  • Joan’s Diary

    Our year 2 RG wrote some lovely diary entries for Joan and then acted them out. Here, they are acting out Joan taking her crocodile to school.

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 19th Dec 2019, 6:21am
    Great to see you getting into role!
    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 7th Jan 2020, 11:55am
    What well behaved crocodiles! I'm sure this activity helped you write your diaries and we look forward to seeing them!
  • Detective Report

    Detective Khan has filed her detective report 🙂

    Comments

    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 10th Dec 2019, 9:01am
    Thank you so much for sharing this super report!
  • Submission by St Matthias School

    St Matthias’ police report by Detective Gordon

    We really enjoyed The First Case! After reading the book, we thought about all of the things that Detective Gordon and Buffy did to solve the crime. We split into small groups and each planned and wrote a bit of the police report. We hope you like it!

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    Comments

    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 6th Dec 2019, 1:50pm
    Well done on your super report! You make top investigators! Kla-dunk!
  • Submission by Northumberland Heath Primary School

    Northumberland Heath Primary School First Case report

    We worked so hard revisiting the book and picking out the key events and vocabulary that we could use in our police report. We also looked at some police reports online and identified the features of a police report to use in ours. We made it huge so that everybody got a chance to do something on it and decorated it around the edge, because we thought that’s what Buffy and Detective Gordon would have done! We hope you like it.

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    Comments

    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 6th Dec 2019, 1:47pm
    Thank you so much for your wonderful entry. You had worked very hard and recalled all the major facts! We are very impressed that you investigated police reports!
  • What do you see?

    Mahreen visualised page 38 and included as much detail as she could! What do you see?

    Comments

    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 21st Nov 2019, 10:09am
    Super work! There is so much going on here! I can see some bickering!
  • Summary Writing!

    Well done to Mya who wrote a fantastic summary of the story ‘The First Case’ in exactly 50 words!

    Comments

    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 21st Nov 2019, 10:11am
    Well done Mya! I do hope you enjoyed Detective Gordon's First Case!
  • Detective Gordon Role on the Wall

    Our Year 2 RG thought this was a great activity and are looking forward to adding more to it as the character progresses in the story.

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 12th Nov 2019, 10:59am
    Great work Northumberland Heath!
    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 14th Nov 2019, 9:11am
    There are some great word choices here, and I'm looking forward to seeing what you all decide to add later!
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    Gail Beale 20th Nov 2019, 3:14pm
    Thank you for your lovely comments!
  • Visualisation

    Our Yr 2 RG found the visualisation activity really interesting and so did I! They loved seeing each other’s pictures and seeing how different they all were. I particularly liked the fact that one of our RG focused on the fact that the squirrel found the police station strange and drew a very strange police station!

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 8th Nov 2019, 2:04pm
    Visualisation is such a powerful skill. It's so interesting to see how differently we picture things isn't it?
    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 8th Nov 2019, 3:16pm
    How lovely! Visualisation helps us to see things through other's eyes, as well as helping with our own understanding.
  • Submission by Grove Primary School

    A New Coat For Mrs Noah

    We made Mrs Noah a patchwork coat using patterns that made us think of her character. The pockets holding some of our work are in the style of hands because it reminded us how caring Mrs Noah was in saving all the ‘troublesome creatures’.

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    Comments

    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 8th Nov 2019, 10:58am
    Quite beautiful. I loved the contents of the pockets too, what genuine responses!
  • Submission by Northumberland Heath Primary School

    Mrs Noah’s hooded jacket of many colours

    It’s clearly evident how much fun our Year 2 RG group have had creating a new jacket for Mrs. Noah! I was absolutely blown away by their use of pattern and colour inspired by the illustrations in the book. They collaborated amazingly well together and it was a real team effort. They filled her pockets with wanted posters, weather forecasts and pictures of their troublesome creatures. I am so proud of them all.

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    Comments

    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 14th Nov 2019, 9:21am
    Beautiful work! The weather forecast would certainly be very useful!
  • Submission by St Matthias School

    St Matthias’ Mrs Noah’s fabulous coat!

    We looked at the patterns in the book and used ideas to design Mrs Noah's coat. Then we thought about what she might have in her pockets and drew troublesome creatures, boats, lists and maps. We hope you like it! By St Matthias Year 2 group.

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    Comments

    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 8th Nov 2019, 10:54am
    I can really see the influence of James Mayhew in your colour choices here! What a wonderful coat!
  • Altmore’s Reading Gladiator 2019-2020 Team.

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 6th Nov 2019, 1:56pm
    Great to meet you Altmore Gladiators! A big wave from us at Just Imagine :)
    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 8th Nov 2019, 3:26pm
    Hello there Altmore! Lovely to meet you!
  • Inspiring patterns

    Yr 2 RG were so inspired by the patterns and colours used in ‘Mrs Noah’s Pockets’. They have done an amazing job of recreating them in their own art work and cannot wait to get started on Mrs Noah’s new outfit for their mini challenge.

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 15th Oct 2019, 8:58am
    These are wonderful. We are really looking forward to seeing your mini challenge entry.
    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 24th Oct 2019, 1:35pm
    Ooh yes, we can't wait to see your design!
  • Troublesome Creatures?

    Our year 2 RG used some great descriptions to try and convince Mr Noah to save their chosen ‘troublesome creature’. However, we all agreed that the minotaur was just a little too scary for us!

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 11th Oct 2019, 11:27am
    Fantastic descriptions! Yes that is a rather scary minotaur!
    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 11th Oct 2019, 3:40pm
    He does look very troublesome!
  • Mythico Wood

    Our year 2 Gladiators had so much fun making their map of the Mythico Wood

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 7th Oct 2019, 10:30am
    Wow, what a glorious and vibrant map! It's clear that you enjoyed creating this and demonstrates such good understanding of the setting. Thank you for sharing!
    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 7th Oct 2019, 2:15pm
    I feel I could go exploring!
  • Saving our lives from the flood!

    We started RG today and year two made some fantastic pictures of places of safety we would build if a flood came. We are looking forward to reading the book next week!

    Comments

    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 4th Oct 2019, 9:10am
    Thank you so much for sharing your lovely pictures of your places of safety, St Matthias! I am looking forward to hearing about what you think of the book!
  • Let the Challenge Begin!

    Welcome year 2 Gladiators. The 2019-20 challenge is about to begin. We can’t wait to hear what you think about your new books.