Y4 LONDON BOROUGHS 2019/20
Welcome to the 2019-20 Reading Gladiators™ challenges. Let the reading begin!
There are schools in this group:
- Cherry Lane Primary School
- Keir Hardie Primary School
- Hallsville Primary School
- St Matthias School
- Archbishop Sumner C of E Primary School
- St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Uxbridge
- Scott Wilkie Primary School
- Whitchurch Primary School & Nursery, Stanmore
- Rosetta Primary School
- Lathom Junior School
- Grove Primary School
- Muswell Hill Primary School
- Peareswood Primary School
- Knockhall Primary School
- Northumberland Heath Primary School
- Willow Bank Primary School
- Sarratt CE Primary School
- Just Imagine
- Avonmore Primary School
- Brampton Primary School – East Ham
The beginnings of our stories!
Following from designing our own clockwork animals earlier in the week, the Year 4 Reading Gladiators have started writing their short novellas, inspired by ‘The Clockwork Crow’. They have planned their five chapter stories and started writing their first chapters.
Here we have the beginnings of ‘The Clockwork Vulture’ and ‘The Clockwork Rabbit’. Also, there is an extract from my own story ‘The Clockwork Robin’, which has helped in giving the children some ideas about their own stories.
It is a nice writing challenge for us all, and we are looking forward to sharing our finished novellas with the Knockhall community 🙂
Knockhall’s Clockwork Animals!
This week, whilst staying at home, the Year 4 Reading Gladiators group from Knockhall have been working on designing their own clockwork animals. This is leading up to an exciting Easter project; we are going to be writing our own clockwork stories to share with our fellow peers within the Knockhall community.
The children had been working hard on creating their own clockwork animals. One had designed a cat, another drew a vulture and one drew a rabbit named Chocolate! One of the children was inspired by the world of Pokémon and drew a clockwork version of the mystical Pokémon Mew.
I’m looking forward to seeing these stories come to life, and also to take part in the challenge myself, writing my own tale of ‘The Clockwork Robin’ (my sketch can be seen in the picture as well). Through my own drawings and storytelling, I aim to inspire the Reading Gladiators, and at this stage, it’s wonderful to the children be so creative 🙂
Diagrams of the Clockwork Crow
Through home learning and online teaching, the Year 4 Reading Gladiators at Knockhall have continued to read and explore ‘The Clockwork Crow’. Last week, the children were asked to draw diagrams of the character with labels using quotes from the text. I decided to join in the effort as well, drawing my own sketch as an example to show the children. This seemed to have helped as the drawings that were submitted to me were amazing! One of my colleagues had shared a couple of the drawings already and we had a nice comment from the author herself, Catherine Fisher, saying that she loved them! I am so proud of my group, and it is lovely to know that they have made other people smile with their wonderful art work 🙂
The railway station was deserted
During such an unusual time of uncertainty, my wonderful Year 4 Reading Gladiators from Knockhall have been working hard, reading their books at home and working on the challenges provided. This one was actually a personal challenge, inspired by the first line of the first chapter of ‘Clockwork Crow’. The children had been focusing on creating suspense and a sense of mystery, writing their own short stories. I have been amazed by their work so far. The stories that I have read are full of suspense. Here are some of the magnificent but edgy sentences:
‘He heard the noise again but this time a lot louder. This scared him so he slowly walked towards the gates. As he did so the noise carried on. Suddenly the gates closed. Mike didn’t know what to do he was really scared now.’
‘The wind gusted, like the sound of the scream. My heart was beating, harder and harder by the second. I finally saw a glimpse of a human, a boy. Maybe the boy.’
My Reading Gladiators continue to amaze me and I am so proud of them all 🙂
‘Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds’ Book Reviews
As we were coming up to the end of our adventure with Aubrey, some of the Year 4 Reading Gladiators at Knockhall have written their reviews about the book. Overall, the book was enjoyed and one of our favourite characters was Hurindo with his positive attitude and cheeky personality. In this review, one of the children have said how the ‘smallest can achieve anything’. A very good message indeed.
Recently, the Year 4 Reading Gladiators at Knockhall had been working on their leaflets about ladybirds. One of the children has made a leaflet about the Ladybirdz family who appear in the book. The leaflet provides a nice little introduction to the family and the drawings are magnificent. My group continues to impress and inspire me.
All About Ladybirds
Whilst reading ‘Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds’, the Year 4 Reading Gladiators researched about ladybirds themselves. Using the information that they had found, they created leaflets telling readers more about ladybirds. Some of the facts that I did not know myself. Did you know that the scientific name for ladybirds is coccinellidae, deriving from the Latin word ‘coccineus’ meaning ‘scarlet’? Another fun fact, there are 5,000 different types of ladybirds in the world! The children had also found fascinating pictures of ladybirds on the internet and even drew their own pictures based on our book. This group continues to be inspirational, and it is a pleasure to teach them through such an amazing programme 🙂
Aubrey role on the wall
All our RG love this activity and so do I! It really helps you get to know the character and analyse their behaviour. We are all primed to delve further into Aubrey’s character as we continue reading the book.
Submission by Knockhall Primary School
Blackberry Heron Otter
In response to the Mini Challenge, the children have been inspired to write their own poems using the titles of those used in 'Adder Bluebell Lobster' as the basis. With their poems beautifully handwritten, we have later compiled the poems to make our own anthology of poems called 'Blackberry Heron Otter'.
Submission by St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Uxbridge
These are words we shall remember.
My Reading Gladiators wrote a shape poem using all the title words. They chose a fossil to symbolise these words being lost and then found again.
Submission by Northumberland Heath Primary School
Saving the Nature Alphabet
We had so much fun writing this poem and completing our artwork to go with it. We decided to do an acrostic poem, as this was our favourite sort of poetry that we came across in the book. We came up with the idea of doing an alphabet acrostic poem, because the poems in the book are listed in alphabetical order. We also wanted to get as much alliteration in as we could! You might notice a few 'play on words' that we used to make sure we could fit all the letters of the alphabet in. We really hope you like our poem and our artwork, as we really loved producing them and we have loved this book so much!
Submission by St Matthias School
The Reading Gladiators really enjoyed learning about different forms of poetry, and were so excited that they couldn't choose just one! So they decided to write a nonsense acrostic, that was also in rhyming couplets. They have loved finding out about all the different animals and plants and playing with language in the poems. They illustrated 'Nature Is The Best' with some funny pictures where animals and plants came to life!
We have had a wonderful morning, spent sharing poetry with the rest of the school. We went to classes from Year 1 right up to Year 6! We got some great feedback from teachers and pupils. We also shared our message about the importance of keeping these words about the natural world alive and not letting them be replaced by modern words. We even gifted a copy of the poems we read to each class, so they can put it up in their windows to share with the parents. It has been a wonderful morning! We absolutely love Adder Bluebell Lobster and the message it spreads.
We did a quick visualisation activity on ‘Bluebell’ and ‘Giant Puffball’. We had some lovely bluebell drawings, but I was particularly taken by the picture of an angry giant puffball shouting “I’m not bald!!”.
Submission by Cherry Lane Primary School
What do you know about dolphins?!
Discussion with RG.... what to you know about dolphins. Followed by how do dolphins move?
What sounds do they make?
Reading Gladiators rules
One of our yr4 gladiators came up with these rules at home. She also drew some lovely pictures of us all reading ‘Song of the Dolphin Boy’.
Another wonderful acting activity from our y4 RG today. They really come alive during these sessions. Our radio talk show host was very dynamic and our callers were incredibly passionate about their answers. They definitely convinced me that the balloon release should have been cancelled.
This pair of Year 4 RG captured Charlie’s shock over Fin standing up to him so well! Can you tell who’s who?! The only improvement point we gave was that Fin’s body language could have been more assertive.
Submission by Grove Primary School
Grove Primary School’s Treasure of the Golden Skull map/display
We made some of the features of the setting so that we could have a 3D display that will interest other children and entice them to read the book.
Submission by Northumberland Heath Primary School
Magnificently Mysterious Map of Maudlin
The Year 4 RG group have worked so hard on their map of Maudlin. It was a real collaborative effort, with those who were not so confident at drawing creating exciting questions to entice all of their classmates to read the book. I am so proud of all of them and more importantly they are proud of themselves as well!
Submission by St Matthias School
Treasure of the Golden Skull Challenge
We loved reading this book and thought it was really funny. The children particularly liked the ending and were really enthused by the quirky characters, and they have done some excellent drawings to add to their map. We worked as a group to annotate the map with all our favourite elements, added some of the settings from the book and thought of lots of questions to persuade others to read the book. Reading Gladiators then presented the map to our Year 3/4 and 4/5 classes to try to persuade them to read the book!
Song of the Dolphin Boy
Our Year 4 RG are really getting into the story and the empathy they are showing for Finn is heart-warming. They thought very deeply today about how he was felling during chapter 4 and then we had a great, balanced debate about whether the children should take the boat out to save the dolphins.
Bubble map of blood
Our Year 4 RG came up with some really interesting connotations associated with the word blood!
I thought that this particular year 4 RG really thought carefully when completing her table, some of her answers are really insightful.
Another great readers’ theatre
Our year 4 gladiators absolutely loved having another session of readers’ theatre today! We definitely have some budding actors in our midst!
our year 4 gladiators also managed to get their creative juices flowing and came up with some great new pirate characters to add to the story. We all really enjoyed guessing whether they would be good or evil pirates! We had a real mixture (which even included a vampire parrot pirate!!!)
Our year 4 gladiators loved readers’ theatre today! This was Sponge and Mildew’s reaction to Big Brian’s “terrible tolling”
Let the Challenge Begin!
Welcome year 4 Gladiators. The 2019-20 challenge is about to begin. We can’t wait to hear what you think about your new books.