Y4 Satellite


  • Word of Mouse Poster

    Ashley and Oscar present Y4 Reading Gladiators’ poster. The children found their favourite quotes from the book and illustrated them.

  • Submission by The Bellbird Primary School

    The Bellbird Reading Gladiators’ Reading Challenge for ‘Little Bits of Sky’

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  • The Boy, the Bird and the Coffin Maker

  • Submission by Academy 360

    Coming to England

    Academy 360 Gladiators chose to capture Floella's story through pictures and captions, using pastels and paint.

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  • We would like to know…

    These are the questions we would like to ask Lisa Thompson now that we have finished Goldfish Boy

  • Submission by Belle Vale Community Primary School, Liverpool

    Belle Vale Primary School Y4 Malkin Moonlight Mini Challenge

    In Y4 we have thoroughly enjoyed reading Malkin Moonlight. We created a very large map depicting some of the key moment in Malkin's life: being given his name by the moon, meeting Roux, battling the mink, saving the swan, the pub being sold, proposing and marrying Roux, then finally realising she has been taken away! Each of us chose a quote we thought summed up Malkin's feeling at each point in the story. Thinking about Malkin's 'sixth sense' we also chose colours that we felt matched Malkin's emotions such as love, pain, anger and confusion.

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  • Submission by The Bellbird Primary School

    The Bellbird Primary School – Word of Mouse Challenge 1

    The year 4 Reading Gladiators at The Bellbird have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and discussing the meaning of the various quotes.

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  • The Wild Swans update Carlton Colville Primary Year 4

    The Year 4 Reading Gladiators at Carlton Colville Primary have loved reading The Wild Swans, a book which has sparked all sorts of discussions! The author’s use of language has been commented on many times, as it sounds quite different to what we’re used to reading with modern texts. Words such as hymnal had us all debating, so did the idea that toads could be used to make someone less ‘virtuous’. In the picture, you can see the Gladiators considering words to describe Elisa’s character. The liveliest debate so far in the Gladiator journey was started when the challenge was set to order these words from most important to least important to the story. There was a lot of reasoning in the room while each of the Gladiators took it in turns to try to persuade the group to agree with what they thought. Thanks to some compromising, we managed to agree to an order in the end, but it was a task which could have been debated all week!


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 21st Mar 2018, 10:02am
    Thank you for this detailed update. We thought the fairy tales would lead to some great discussion, and as you say, the nineteenth century language is very different to what we are used to reading today. Wild Swans is one of my personal favourites. Well done everyone.
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 23rd Mar 2018, 4:45pm
    What an enriching week that would be! So glad you are enjoying this beautiful classic. I wonder what your Gladiators will make of The Nightingale?
  • Carlton Colville Primary Year 4 Little Bits of Sky Update

    Carlton Colville Primary’s Year 4 Reading Gladiators have had so much to discuss with their latest book, ‘Little Bits of Sky’. They have loved going on a journey with Ira and seeing the world from a different point of view. Whilst they have felt like they’ve been on ‘an emotional roller coaster’, they are mature enough to realise that that’s what a great story does and they had faith in S.E. Durrant that it would all be okay in the end! Here they are making a start on their memory book mini-challenge, which is looking to be a detailed and thoughtful team effort.


    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 7th Feb 2018, 10:38am
    It is an emotional journey for the reader but what a satisfying read it is. It's great to see you working as a team - you look engrossed in your work.
    Geraldine Hines 28th Feb 2018, 2:40pm
    Your group are so absorbed in their work! At The Bellbird, the children have also been fascinated by the life of children in care and have been taken on a journey which at times was quite uncomfortable for them. Some of the parents of the gladiator children have also read the book and were impressed with the way S.E. Durrant handled the themes. The Year 4 Gladiators at The Bellbird are looking forward to seeing the finished versions of the memory book pages from Carlton Colville. Geraldine Hines
  • Malkin Moonlight at The Bellbird

    The Reading Gladiators loved reading this book and were keen to complete the challenge. One of the children is very keen on origami so the group decided to create a cat collage. When our local MP, Heidi Allen, came to open our new school library the Gladiators were able to share some of their work with her.


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 5th Feb 2018, 10:40am
    I absolutely love this collage. A creative way to use your talents. How exciting to share your work with an MP. I expect she was very impressed.
  • A close up of our cat collage

    This is Roux and Malkin in origami form.


    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 5th Feb 2018, 10:30am
    Thank you Bellbird! I can spot some of the other cats in Malkin Moonlight there too.
  • The Bellbird Reading Gladiators

    We had our first session with Little Bits of Sky. The group were very engaged with the design of the front cover and were making lots of sensible predictions about the text. It was great to have Vicky from Just Imagine joining in with our discussion.
    31st January 2018


    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 31st Jan 2018, 4:57pm
    Vicky was delighted to meet you. I wonder if your predictions will prove true. Whether they do or whether they don't I am confident you will enjoy this beautiful story. Do post your thoughts again soon.
    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 31st Jan 2018, 5:35pm
    Hello Bellbird Gladiators. Lovely to hear about your visit from Vicky. I think she was very impressed. We look forward to hearing more about your thoughts as you read further. Happy Reading everyone.
  • Our Top Trumps Cards

    We were inspired to think about our qualities and attributes after reading the mouse facts in the blog and created these Top Trumps cards all about us!


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 7th Sep 2017, 4:26pm
    That's a great idea. Glad to see that you are all smiling on the Top Trump cards.
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 13th Nov 2017, 10:08am
    Brilliant! I am sure every one of you has the trump card for something. A great excercise in self awareness.
    Lisa Toal 22nd Jan 2018, 4:31pm
    We think this is a great idea! From Sedgley Park Year 4 Reading Gladiators.
  • Griffydam’s Y4 Gladiators!

    Our Y4 Gladiators are ready for the challenge! We all love reading and can’t wait to delve into some new books this year!


    Claire Coates 5th Sep 2017, 2:49pm
    Thanks Reading Gladiators!
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 13th Nov 2017, 10:09am
    A lively bunch! Looks like you are going to have a lot of fun Griffydam Gladiators!
    Lisa Toal 22nd Jan 2018, 4:35pm
    We think that everyone here looks like they are enjoying their books! From Sedgley Park Reading Gladiators.