Y4 South West

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

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  • Submission by Fonthill Primary School

    The Lost Magic

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    Comments

    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 15th Feb 2019, 1:50pm
    Some super choices here and good reasoning too Well done! The thought of teachers in see-through pajamas will always get a chuckle!
  • Submission by Uplands Community Primary School

    Uplands gladiator girls mini anthology

    The 5 girls were allowed to decide the final 8 poems together as a group. They then individually chose their favourite and went away and presented the 5 they chose. As a group they looked at the last 3 poems and split into groups to present them how they wanted to.

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    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 12th Feb 2019, 4:29pm
    Sounds like you did some excellent presentation work on your chosen poems girls. Good to see Pic Collage being used too.
  • Submission by Bridge Learning Campus

    Mini-challenge Lost Magic Anthology-Bridge Learning Campus, Bristol

    The next part of our anthology of poems.

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    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 12th Feb 2019, 4:22pm
    Thank you for more wonderful choices.
  • Submission by Bridge Learning Campus

    Mini-challenge Lost Magic Anthology-Bridge Learning Campus, Bristol

    The last part of our 7 files. I hope that you have not received any duplicates.

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    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 12th Feb 2019, 4:21pm
    Thank you for a wonderful selection of poems beautifully presented. It looks like you had a lot of fun with this title. You may find it easier to put all your photos into a Powerpoint file so you can attached it as one document next time.
  • Tayla’s favourite poem to perform was Lost Magic (Bridge Learning Campus, Bristol)

    Tayla loved the way the poem informed the reader of how you used to be able to find unicorns, but the poem then states that you can’t find them anymore. We all listened to how Brian Moses performed this om his website. It helped Tayla to really excite our little audience with hand gestures and pauses for effect. Tayla varied her pitch and pace when she reached the end of each stanza creating a dramatic effect. Well done Tayla!

  • Nevaeh’s favourite poem to perform was Walking With My Iguana by Brian Moses (Bridge Learning Campus, Bristol)

    Nevaeh’s favourite poem to perform was Walking With My Iguana because in her own words “It blew my mind!” Nevaeh loved the picture prompt and imagining having an iguana as a pet. Nevaeh also loved the list of animals that were pets: piranhas, chihuahuas, chinchillas, gorillas, caterpillars and the iguana.
    Nevaeh performed this with another Gladiator to get the best effect so that the words in brackets could be replaced by another voice. Nevaeh used the performance pointers and emphasized the rhyming words in each stanza on lines 2 and 4. Inflection was used too for the pattern.

  • Evie performing Names from Lost Magic

    We discussed this poem at length because it made us really think about our world and how we’re: polluting it,causing global warming,deforestation, how the ice caps are melting, how the innocent sea creatures are harmed by human greed.
    Evie tried to use the performance pointers and you could hear the anguish and upset in her voice as she varied pitch and emphasized words to create impact.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 8th Feb 2019, 4:14pm
    Well done, Evie. It sounds as though you put a lot into your performance.
  • Brian Moses fun!

    We have loved reading these poems, it’s been interesting to see which ones we all chose to read and the different ways of selecting the poems (some read from start to finish, some read sections, some chose titles and some flicked through and picked them randomly).

    We also bought a second hand copy to accommodate our growing group of gladiators and we think it might be a signed copy!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 21st Jan 2019, 9:03pm
    Hello Wansdyke Gladiators! Well you certainly came up trumps with that second hand purchase. How interesting that you read the book in different ways. That's one of the joys of poetry: you can dip in, flick and choose, find a favourite or read the entire collection from cover to cover.
  • Year 4 winning prize-Bridge Learning Campus

    Today we opened our huge,heavy present and it was eight signed copies of:The Polar Bear Club by Alex Bell.
    Thank you so much Just Imagine.

  • Mini-challenge winners! Bridge Learning Campus

    Wow! Today the Year 4 Reading Gladiators received a huge sparkly parcel
    from Just Imagine for winning the latest mini-challenge.
    Thank you so much! The Year 4 Gladiators are thrilled!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 21st Jan 2019, 8:53pm
    I wonder what's inside?
  • Mini challenge prize-Year 4 Bridge Learning Campus

    Today we received a lovely letter and sparkly parcel from Just Imagine.
    Thank you for choosing us as winners of the latest Reading Gladiators challenge.
    The Year 4 children will be thrilled!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 21st Jan 2019, 8:51pm
    Congratulations on being a winning entry to the mini-challenge this month. A well deserved win.
  • Submission by Wansdyke Primary School

    Wansdyke Town is by the Sea submission

    Experimenting with the dark in black and white

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    Comments

    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 11th Jan 2019, 10:33am
    Very clever use of colour to carry out this task and I love how you have recreated the tunnel too.
  • Year 4 children at Bridge Learning Campus experiencing darkness-Building Context

    The Year 4 children were blindfolded to build the context for Town Is By The Sea by Joanne Schwartz.
    We created a fantastic word bank with linked words to the experience:
    Black, cloudy, darkened, dim, dingy, shadowy, clouded, pitch-black, opaque,
    scared,afraid, anxious, fearful,panicky,
    apprehensive,frightened, spooked,
    exhausting,alone, poor, pulling, pushing,dangerous,gases, airflow,stifled.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 15th Dec 2018, 12:22pm
    That is a good word list. The air would have been stifling. Do you know how they managed to get fresh air into the mines? I wonder how the miners who were used to working under the ground would have described the experience. Would they have felt the same as us?
  • Submission by Uplands Community Primary School

    Uplands Wed Wabbit Mini Challenge

    Our verses in the style of the Wimbley Woos about the story.

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    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 14th Dec 2018, 3:56pm
    Thank you for taking the time to learn and record your verse. Also lovely to see a Reading Gladiators display board - though spoiler alert to other schools who are waitng to reveal covers!
  • Year 4 children at Bridge Learning Campus experiencing darkness

    The children today had a brilliant time using blindfolds, listening to coal mining sounds and expressing their reactions to darkness. The children now have a better understanding of what life would have been like for coal miners in the 1950’s.
    We then shared the story: Town Is By The Sea by Joanne Schwartz.
    Wow! What a brilliant experience.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 15th Dec 2018, 12:18pm
    Thank you for sharing what you did today. I love the notes that you have written. There are some great word choices to describe your feelings. I particularly like petrified, because as well as meaning very frightened, it also means turned to stone. That seems a particularly good choice for an experience under the ground.
  • Evie and Harvey at Bridge Learning Campus -Town Is By The Sea

    Evie and Harvey starting to respond to their experience of darkness. The children today used symbols and words to share how they felt after being blindfolded

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 15th Dec 2018, 12:13pm
    I am interested to know what you felt about being in darkness. Do you know, when I am in a dark place (in a cave or the ghost ride at the amusement park), I sometimes close my eyes because the darkness doesn't seem so bad then. Crazy, but true!
  • Submission by Wansdyke Primary School

    Wed Wabbit Submission from Wansdyke Primary

    The Cherries Reading Gladiators really enjoyed making a poem to recap the Wed Wabbit story. They have videoed it but there is also a transcript as we are not sure if it's loud enough

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    Comments

    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 14th Dec 2018, 3:52pm
    Thank you for the transcript and thank you for taking the time to learn and video your entry. I love the 'when they see Wimbleys "Oh no" line!
  • Submission by Fonthill Primary School

    Wed Wabbit Mini Challenge

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    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 14th Dec 2018, 2:59pm
    Excellent use of your journals and well done for attempting some imperfect rhyme - it's tricky isn't it?
  • Submission by Bridge Learning Campus

    Bridge Learning Campus Year 4 Mini-challenge-The Story of Wed Wabbit as a Group Gladiator poem

    The Year 4 children worked so hard as a group to create word banks for this poem. They selected parts of the story to include and then we brainstormed ideas together. A draft poem was created using ten syllables per line.
    The children finally settled on five verses of eight lines per verse (they found it impossible to reduce the content any more than this).A collaborative piece of work.
    Well done BLC Gladiators!

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    Comments

    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 10th Dec 2018, 12:11pm
    Goodness you have clearly spent a lot of time really thinking about how to express the story of Wed Wabbit as a poem. Some really outstanding vocabulary here. Well done!
  • Wimbley Woos

    We’ve all loved reading Wed Wabbit
    Reading is our favourite habit
    We’d like to cuddle the Wimbley Woos
    Except, of course, those scary blues!
    (Hopefully our Gladiators will do a better job than me in the mini challenge!)

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 9th Dec 2018, 5:36pm
    Ha Ha! I think this is an excellent rhyme, Uplands Gladiators. Which colour wimbley would you most like to meet? And which would you least like to meet?
  • A World of Pure Imagination-Bridge Learning Campus

    Ronnie drew his world including places that he’d like to visit like New York to see the Statue of Liberty. His world also included dreaming of becoming a professional football player.
    Well done Ronnie!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 18th Nov 2018, 8:15pm
    Wow, Ronnie! That's really special. No wonder you had it framed. Are you going to hang it at school, or somewhere special at home?
  • Mini challenge-A World of Pure Imagination

    Lily with her amazing entry for the the mini challenge.Her imaginative world involved her becoming giant sized and the rest of her family being tiny. She even drew landmarks but changed their names to: The Magic Pencil of Liberty.
    Well done Lily!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 18th Nov 2018, 8:13pm
    wow Lily! Your drawing is as big as you are.
  • Year 4 children at BLC sharing their understanding of the character Fidge

    Lots of emotions today.
    Children reacting to the scene where Wed Wabbit is kicked into the road by Fidge.
    A brilliant lesson!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 17th Nov 2018, 3:38pm
    We love to see you working collaboratively and sharing your ideas. Books can be emotional rollercoasters.
  • BLC-Role on the wall continuation of building a picture of Fidge (Wed Wabbit)

    The Year 4 children shared their understanding of the character of Fidge.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 17th Nov 2018, 3:40pm
    Gosh! So many ideas.
  • Roll on the wall-Wed Wabbit (Fidge)

    The Year 4 children at Bridge Learning Campus have been building a picture of the character of Fidge in terms of her thoughts,feelings and actions. Lots of emotions shared in relation to Minnie’s accident-guilt, anger, regret.

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 17th Nov 2018, 3:46pm
    I can see how all of those emotions could relate to Minnie's accident. Some very thoughtful work BLC Gladiators.
  • Submission by Fonthill Primary School

    Mini Challenge-Ms Monteverdi’s Art Class

    Year 4 Reading Gladiators created a montage of 'A world of Pure Imagination'. Each Reading Gladiator added a representation of their imaginary friend, something that scares them, their future self and their favourite things. Their imaginary friends included; hug giver, advice giver, worry listener and hand holder. The things that scared them included; doctors, blood sucking vampires, alarming lions, gravestone ghost and beasty bugs. Their future selves included; a vet, a teacher, a footballer, a vet and a dentist. Their favourite things included; mastering maths, incredible juicy raspberries, sweet juicy cherries, satisfying scrumptious sweets and colourful beautiful rainbows, fading away into the blue sky.

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 6th Nov 2018, 11:54am
    Just Imagine comment. Hello Fonthill Gladiators. What a lot of thought has gone into putting this montage together. We liked that it was crammed with so many unique and personal things. I think Ms Monteverdi would be very proud of you!
  • Submission by Old Cleeve C of E First School

    Old Cleeve School – Angelino Brown – A world of imagination

    The Reading Gladiators thoroughly enjoyed immersing themselves in the world of Angelino Brown. They discovered their own imaginary friends, created their own worlds and even created monsters! The children enjoyed using collage, using materials, sketching and painting.
    They are now recommending the experience to the rest of the class!

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 6th Nov 2018, 11:54am
    Just imagine comment: You let your imaginations run wild in this glorious technicolour display. We are delighted to hear that you are making recommendations to your classmates. We hope you enjoy the next book and look forward to hearing what you think.
  • Submission by Uplands Community Primary School

    A World of Pure Imagination

    Our beautiful montage. We loved our first book and can’t wait to get started on the next one!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 6th Nov 2018, 1:40pm
    Just Imagine comment: Thank you for sharing your super montage. You have certainly shown us the different ways in which the human imagination can work. We notice that you included an invention. Did you know that this is what the famous scientist Albert Eistein said "Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution." I wonder if you agree? Perhaps you could talk about it with your teacher?
  • Year 4 Reading Gladiator Display:Bridge Learning Campus,Bristol

    The Year 4 children made brilliant Reading Gladiator helmets at home.These have all been proudly displayed in school.
    Well done Year 4!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 26th Oct 2018, 4:03pm
    What a super display. I am sure that the other children in school will be pleased to have such a wonderful group of gladiators that they can ask for advice about great books to read. Fantastic.
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 30th Oct 2018, 2:29pm
    Goodness - never have I seen more well armoured gladiators ready to do battle with any book you may throw at them! Good luck one and all!
  • Uplands Reading Gladiators

    Our Reading Gladiators have been enjoying the book so much they chose to stay in at lunchtime to draw pictures of the characters!

    Comments

    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 21st Oct 2018, 12:20pm
    Hello Uplands Gladiators. What fantastic artwork! You have captured the characters really well. I can imagine them coming to life in a whole new story.