Y4 London 2018

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

Updates

  • Feast after Battle Victory

  • Celebrating

    Thank you so much for the fab collection of books from Abi Elphinstone. We are all so excited to read them.

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 3rd Jun 2019, 10:57am
    Enjoy!
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 4th Jun 2019, 3:17pm
    Well done St Mary's. I loved your entry.
  • Submission by St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Uxbridge

    Battle Scene

    The Reading Gladiators focused on the first paragraph of chapter thirty four (Eska). They re-wrote the paragraph in their own words then decided to act it out. They then added the Narnia Battle Song and used a video of the Northern Lights as their backdrop. The Gladiators adored this challenge!

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    Comments

    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 13th May 2019, 3:59pm
    A very well thought out mini-challenge entry St Mary's. You look completely immersed in the battle in your film!
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    Mary Gahan 13th May 2019, 6:05pm
    Thank you! The Gladiators and I loved this challenge. The music really enthused the children and was really effective with the writing.
  • Winning Prizes

    WoW we are so proud to have won the latest mini challenge! Thank you for the fantastic books and yummy mini eggs!

    Comments

    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 20th Mar 2019, 12:05pm
    I can't think of a better combination than books and chocolate! Well done.
  • Look who joined our group today!!

    Our Reading Gladiators we’re honoured to have Joshua Seigal join them today for some book talk.

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    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 15th Mar 2019, 4:23pm
    Lucky Gladiators! I'm sure Joshua was super impressed with their booktalk! Did you tell him you'd been reading about farting angels?!
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    Mary Gahan 16th Mar 2019, 7:31pm
    Ha ha, we definitely should have told him about farting angels 😂 He would have loved that. Think he'll definitely be reading The Ice Garden and maybe having a go at writing a children's novel.
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 26th Mar 2019, 10:39am
    I look forward to that landing on my desk!
  • Scott Wilkie – Mini Challenge ‘Darkness’

    We have explored the theme of darkness. Here is a piece of work surrounding that idea.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 16th Feb 2019, 4:53pm
    What a powerful image. It looks as though the character in the middle is imprisoned by a wall of coal or darkness. The images around the ourside feel quite ghostly.
  • Scott Wilkie- Mini challenge ‘Darkness’

    Another piece representing darkness and working in the mines…

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 16th Feb 2019, 4:51pm
    These smudgy images really remind me of coal dust. (I et your hands were covered in charcoal after you'd made this picture)
  • Submission by St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Uxbridge

    Lost Magic

    Each child chose one of their favourite poems to be included in the anthology. They have really enjoyed reading the poems and listening to Brian Mose perform some of his poems online. They have thoroughly enjoyed illustrating some of their favourite poems too.

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    Comments

    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 15th Feb 2019, 2:01pm
    Beautifully presented poems and lovely to see PIC Collage being used too.
  • Submission by Eastbury Primary School

    Brian Moses Anthology

    We really enjoyed putting together this collection. We voted for our favourite poems giving our reasons and then thought about how to categorise them. Reading Gladiator Samir came up with the idea of grouping them to be read over the course of a day. We are so pleased with our selection that we want to share it with the rest of the school during our up-coming Poetry Recitation Week.

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    Comments

    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 12th Feb 2019, 4:26pm
    What a brilliant idea to have a day of Brian Moses poetry! I hope other schools do this too.
  • Submission by La Fontaine Academy

    La Fontaine Lost Magic Challenge

    Our Y4 Reading Gladiators have enjoyed reading poetry. They have compiled their favourite poems by Brian Moses into a Lost Magic Anthology.

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    Comments

    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 12th Feb 2019, 11:29am
    A lovely anthology La Fontaine gladiators. I hope you will be sharing it with your class.
  • Snow Beard

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 9th Feb 2019, 4:39pm
    Is that a snow beard? Or did you find some treasure hidden in that lump of snow and ice?
  • Snow Time

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 9th Feb 2019, 4:40pm
    It's a mini snow person!
  • More fun in the snow!

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 9th Feb 2019, 4:38pm
    No Gloves! I'm felling cold just looking at the picture.Hope you had fun in the snow.
  • Snow inspired vocabulary catch.

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 9th Feb 2019, 4:32pm
    Great to see you enjoying the snow before writing about it. I bet the experience led to some great writing!
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 11th Feb 2019, 9:58am
    For a challenging and brilliant fantasy story involving lots and lots of snow - try The Snow Merchant by Sam Gayton - a brilliant stepping stone to Pullman's Northern Lights Trilogy.
  • Snow

    Getting inspired to write poems about snow.

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 9th Feb 2019, 4:31pm
    You had proper snow! We missed it here in Essex. I bet you wrote some great poems.
  • Scott Wilkie – Town is by the sea

    Being blindfolded was scary for some as we couldn’t navigate our way around. The sounds we heard were frightening and we felt like crawling was our safest way to get around.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 21st Jan 2019, 8:18pm
    It's interesting how removing one of our senses makes us move differently. Do you think you would get used to it after a while?
  • Ghosts of the Underground

    This is one of our favourite poems from the Lost Magic collection. Here’s an entry from Algesa’s reading journal about the poem.

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 21st Jan 2019, 9:01pm
    Have you ever travelled on the London Underground? It can be very atmospheric when you are going through tunnels or going deep down on the escalators. Thank you for sharing your favourite poem with us.
  • Submission by Eastbury Primary School

    Darkness Artwork

    Our Year 4 Reading Gladiators discussed the theme of darkness.
    This is what it means to us:
    The answer to a riddle
    Scary but peaceful at the same time
    Anxious loneliness
    Fear and isolation
    Sadness and depression
    Sleepy restfulness

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    Comments

    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 11th Jan 2019, 9:52am
    Super work Eastbury. I love the fact that you can look at your artwork from different angles - and see something new. It looks like you had great fun creating it too.
  • Submission by Eastbury Primary School

    Wed Wabbit Poem

    Our Gladiators worked hard each taking a section of the story to turn into a poem. We had to help each other and even use the king's rhyming cheat once or twice!

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    Comments

    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 14th Dec 2018, 3:07pm
    This is fantastic Eastbury and using the King's rhyming is not cheating at all - he is part of the story too. We love it!
  • Submission by Lathom Junior School

    Wed Wabbit

    We have written a four verse poem to summarise the story of Wed Wabbit.

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    Comments

    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 14th Dec 2018, 3:04pm
    Super stuff here Lathom. You have recounted the story very well with some super vocabulary and imagery too!
  • Submission by St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Uxbridge

    The End of Wed Wabbit’s Weign

    THE GROUP HAVE WRITTEN FOUR VERSES TO RECAP THE STORY IN THE STYLE OF THE WIMBLEY WOOS. WE HAD A GREAT TIME TALKING TOGETHER AND EDITING AND RE-EDITING UNTIL WE WERE HAPPY WITH OUR POEM. WE THEN TYPED UP EACH VERSE IN A DIFFERENT COLOUR TO MATCH THE WIMBLEY WOOS AND TO REFLECT DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE STORY.

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    Comments

    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 14th Dec 2018, 2:43pm
    I can see you have carefully considered each word in your poem and full marks for using the Wimbley colours to present your verse.
  • Role on the Wall

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 9th Dec 2018, 5:33pm
    what I like about this is the way you are using the role on the wall to help you think and talk about the way that the main character, Fidge, develops. It's always lovely to see you working so thoughtfully together.
  • Role on the wall

    The group loved adding to the role on the wall weekly and seeing how Fidge softened as a character as the story developed.

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 7th Dec 2018, 5:00pm
    It's so important to revisit the role on the wall - it really supports understanding of character development. Fidge is such an interesting character. I'd love to meet her.
  • Scott Wilkie: Wed Wabbit

    We have really been enjoying reading ‘Wed Wabbit’. Here is a look at one of our character profiles/comparisons.

    Comments

    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 7th Dec 2018, 11:01am
    Yes Fidge is self doubting isn't she and isn't it great that Graham does learn to be brave with a little help from his new friends. Great work!
  • Proud winners

    Eastbury were delighted to receive the fantastic prizes for winning our mini challenge! Thank you reading gladiators.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 13th Nov 2018, 12:59pm
    Well done everyone. we look forward to seeing more of your creative work.
  • Submission by Eastbury Primary School

    Eastbury’s Y4 mini challenge: A World of Pure Imagination

    We really enjoyed drawing 'from the soul' and letting our imagination flow with this mini challenge. We hope Ms Monteverdi would have liked our work!

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    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 6th Nov 2018, 1:39pm
    Just Imagine comment: Hello Eastbury Gladiators. we loveed your artwork. You filled every space of the paper and showed that you can work together as a team to create something very beautiful, which shows different aspects of the imagination. Thank you for sharing the pictures that show how you created your masterpiece. This is what the famous scientist Albert Einstein said about the imagination: Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. Do you agree?
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    Mary Gahan 6th Nov 2018, 9:27pm
    St. Mary's Uxbridge Gladiators love your submission. It's really eye catching and captures the mood of the book perfectly. We think Ms Monteverdi would love your work. Your smiles say it all!
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    Joanna Hodges 13th Nov 2018, 11:39am
    Eastbury Gladiators want to say a huge thank you to St Mary’s Uxbridge for their comment! It meant a lot to us and made us feel proud. We also loved Einstein’s quote that Nikki shared with us. Samir in our group said he agrees: “logic will get you the basics for a normal life but creativity brings the joy and excitement!”
    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 13th Nov 2018, 11:46am
    You have some wise Gladiators at Eastbury!
  • Submission by St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Uxbridge

    A World of Pure Imagination

    Each member of the group made one piece of artwork (future self, imaginary friend etc...) Everyone helped to paint the rainbow then the children displayed their work on it. The children thoroughly enjoyed this activity especially exploring the idea of their future selves.

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    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 6th Nov 2018, 5:24pm
    Just Imagine comment: we are pleased that you enjoyed thinking about the possibility of your future selves. It's good to see your individual pieces which are pulled together by the unifying rainbow of hope. Well done St Mary's Gladiators.
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    Mary Gahan 6th Nov 2018, 9:34pm
    Thank you Nikki. The children chose the rainbow idea themselves and as they painted we listened to 'A World of Pure Imagination' (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory version) as they painted. Bliss!
    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 6th Nov 2018, 10:42pm
    What a super idea to listen to a music track to aid concentration and provide inspiration.
  • Submission by Lathom Junior School

    A World of Pure Imagination

    A collage of our imagination using pencils, oil pastels and felt-tips. Mrs Monteverdi would be proud!

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    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 6th Nov 2018, 2:37pm
    Just Imagine comment: This frieze makes a very bold statement. We were left wondering what you would like to lecture in when you are older?
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    Mary Gahan 6th Nov 2018, 9:31pm
    St. Mary's Gladiators love your take on this competition. Your final piece is very much like a Matisse piece of art. Well done!
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    Robert Briggs 12th Nov 2018, 3:55pm
    Thank you for your lovely comments. The Year 4 Reading Gladiator would like to be a lecturer in medicine.
    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 23rd Nov 2018, 1:11am
    Worhty aspirations indeed We look forward to hearing more from them soon.
    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 23rd Nov 2018, 1:11am
    Worthy aspirations indeed We look forward to hearing more from them soon.
  • Scott Wilkie: looking at Angelino

    We have started thinking about Angelino’s character in more detail…

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 18th Oct 2018, 5:31pm
    This made me smile! I like the drawings that you have used to accompany the things that you have noticed about Angelino. Do all angels grow by eating custard? Thank you for sharing with us.
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 24th Oct 2018, 1:54pm
    The Angelino effect goes beyond the pages of the book - into your heads Scott Wilkie Gladiators and back out again via your lovely work, making us smile here in Essex. What a powerful angel he is.
  • Scott Wilkie: Drama and Role play

    Today we got in a role as the characters from the story. We really enjoyed ourselves and we may even practice at home!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 18th Oct 2018, 5:28pm
    Hi Scott Wilkie Gladiators. How lovely to see you enjoying your reading corner. A great place to practice your Readers Theatre. Will you read it to other children in your class when you have practiced? I am sure they would like to hear more aout the book. I might even encourage some of them to read it.
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 24th Oct 2018, 1:28pm
    I do hope you had fun with the North Eastern dialect! And I have always wondered what Angelino would sound like!