Y4 LONDON BOROUGHS 2019/20

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

Updates

  • Poetry Blast

    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.

  • Poetry Visualisation

    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?

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    Comments

    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 6th Dec 2019, 1:40pm
    Brilliant! We love the way your gladiators have fully immersed themselves in this activity. Well done.
  • 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’.

    Comments

    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 28th Nov 2019, 12:45pm
    We are so happy that this Gladiator has been thinking about what makes a good group member, and took the time to note down these rules.
  • Talk Show

    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.

    Comments

    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 21st Nov 2019, 9:32am
    Well done Northumberland Heath. Drama activities really help you get under a character's skin don't they.
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    Gail Beale 21st Nov 2019, 10:41am
    They really do and our kids absolutely adore being given the opportunity to act.
  • Charlie’s shock

    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.

    Comments

    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 14th Nov 2019, 9:52am
    Excellent work and well done for reflecting on how you could make this pose even better!
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 15th Nov 2019, 4:58pm
    Great acting and directing from these gladiators! Well done
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    Gail Beale 20th Nov 2019, 3:17pm
    They really enjoyed doing the ‘Talk Show’ radio segment today as well. They love acting out the stories. Picture to follow...
  • 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.

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    Comments

    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 8th Nov 2019, 2:58pm
    What a wonderful display Grove Gladiators! Your questions are excellent for encouraging others to read this book. Just pipped to the post this time. We are looking forward to seeing your future entries.
  • 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!

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    Comments

    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 8th Nov 2019, 2:55pm
    Brilliant work Gladiators and super to see you supporting each other in your collaboration. I'm sure your questions will draw others to this series too. Well done!
  • 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!

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    Comments

    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 8th Nov 2019, 11:10am
    Clever use of Chris Priestley's illustration here and some great questions too. Well done!
  • 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.

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 6th Nov 2019, 1:55pm
    You have been thinking deeply about the dilemma and it's good to see you making connections to other stories. Great work Gladiators!
  • Bubble map of blood

    Our Year 4 RG came up with some really interesting connotations associated with the word blood!

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 11th Oct 2019, 11:41am
    These are intriguing! The watery eyes is interesting.
  • Making Connections

    I thought that this particular year 4 RG really thought carefully when completing her table, some of her answers are really insightful.

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 11th Oct 2019, 11:42am
    Really interesting connections.
  • 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!

    Comments

    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 10th Oct 2019, 3:06pm
    I'm so glad you are all enjoying this fantastic way of engaging with a text!
  • Imaginative Pirates

    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!!!)

    Comments

    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 10th Oct 2019, 3:06pm
    What a motley crew! I'd love to hear about their adventures! (Especially the vampire parrot!)
  • Readers’ Theatre

    Our year 4 gladiators loved readers’ theatre today! This was Sponge and Mildew’s reaction to Big Brian’s “terrible tolling”

    Comments

    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 4th Oct 2019, 11:39am
    Readers' Theatre is one of my absolute favourites and I can really sense the energy and enjoyment in this picture! Well done to you!
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 4th Oct 2019, 12:10pm
    Brilliant! Lookout for more Readers' Theatre in week 3 when the boys meet Captain Greenbeard - a character to really get your teeth into!!
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    Gail Beale 7th Oct 2019, 11:54am
    They are already looking forward to their next Readers' Theatre opportunity! We have a few budding actors in the making.
  • 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.

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    Hannah Leppard 19th Sep 2019, 12:46pm
    Excited about getting started next week!
    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 24th Sep 2019, 8:12am
    Nothing beats opening those brand new books!