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
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.