Y4 South West 2018

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


  • Create response-Final challenge:Bridge Learning Campus-Bristol

    Neve wanted to create a door hanger based on her favourite Gladiator read-Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans.She drew the rabbit toy in the foreground and then the shadow as the evil dictator of Wimbley Land. Neve used a limited colour palette of mainly black and brown with an addition of pink and red as accent colours in the title and the rabbit ears ( in the foreground).

  • Sky Song door hanger-Creative final challenge

    Evie and Lilly decided to choose Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone to illustrate as a door hanger.They limited their colour palette to mostly different shades of blue.The Northern Lights in the background were created with green and turquoise, with tiny additions of red and orange to make details stand out-like the people of Erkenwald and the jumping fish. Evie drew a Polar Bear on the icebergs in the distance.

  • Response to Experiment in Terror by Henry Mancini-Bridge Learning Campus/The Song From Somewhere Else

    Isobell drew an image of Frank crying with sleeves of -Terror and Fear. The thunder clouds are overhead hanging menacingly while lightening strikes. Beside Frank, is a torn up poster that she had just put up in the park of her missing cat Quintilius Minimus.

  • Mini-challenge-Emma: Experiment in Terror by Henry Mancini/Scene 1:The Song From Somewhere Else-Bridge Learning Campus

    Emma was able to draw the ripped up posters that Neil Noble and his friends destroyed. Frank is stood in the middle of three bullies. The storm clouds overhead and the oppressive ground almost swallow the characters.
    Well done!

  • Kaite’s visual response to:Henry Mancini’s-Experiment in Terror-Bridge Learning Campus

    Katie drew Frank from Scene 1 in The Song From Somewhere Else.Katie used thought bubbles to show how Frank was thinking about-Quintilius Minimus (her missing cat), the bullies ( Neil Noble, Rob and Roy) and the storm clouds represent tears of unhappiness.Katie chose a few key words to represent her emotions;anxious,fear,upset,worry and anger.

  • Evie’s Mini-challenge linked to Henry Mancini’s-Experiment in Terror

    Evie created an amazing piece of art based on the link between the bullying scene at the beginning of:The Song From Somewhere Else and Henri Mancini’s-Experiment in Terror. Evie was also able to add some words and phrases from the book.
    Fabulous independent artwork. I’m so impressed Evie!

  • BLC letter received from Guy Jones

    Thank you Guy Jones for the signed postcard of your book. All the children want photocopies now. We all loved your book so much!


    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 14th May 2019, 10:46am
    A memento to treasure!
  • Letter from Guy Jones-page 2 to Bridge Learning Campus Gladiators

    The second page of the letter that Guy Jones (author of The Ice Garden) wrote to the Year 3 and Year 4 Gladiators. We have been thrilled to receive a response from Guy as he has been so busy completing the book:The Fire Maker.
    Thank you so much Guy!

  • Letter from author Guy Jones -page 1(The Ice Garden)-Bridge Learning Campus

    The Year 3 and Year 4 children at BLC wrote to Guy Jones to ask him questions about his book-The Ice Garden and today we received a letter back from Guy!
    Guy Jones took the trouble to answer all the questions that the children in my Year 3 Gladiator club and my Year 4 Gladiators asked.
    Thank you Guy!


    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 14th May 2019, 10:45am
    How brilliant! It's very special to be able to enter into a dialogue with an author.
  • Submission by Bridge Learning Campus

    Mini-challenge:Sky Song Bridge Learning Campus

    Pages 3 and 4 of the Year 4 mini-challenge.
    We linked the song:Let It Go! from Frozen with Scene 3 in the book Sky Song.
    The Theme was:Overcoming the Monster( The Ice Queen)-The main character sets out to defeat an enemy which is a threat to the main character and/or their homeland.
    We have narrated the scene in our own words and recorded our performances.

    Download the file

  • Mini-challenge win-Bridge Learning Campus

    Thank you so much for all these wonderful books. We have read all the blurbs today and will be putting the books in our very special Reading Gladiator Bookcase. The children are looking forward to reading them all.


    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 22nd Mar 2019, 5:07pm
    A Reading Gladiator bookcase does sound very special indeed.
  • Ronnie drew a wonderful map of the kingdom of Erkenwald-Bridge Learning Campus

    Ronnie brought in a drawing that he had done at home of the kingdom of Erkenwald from Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone.
    Thank you Ronnie!


    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 26th Mar 2019, 10:17am
    Super! Well done Ronnie. This map will really help you track your way through the story.
  • Thank you for the lovely mini challenge prize! Bridge Learning Campus

    Dear Reading Gladiator Team,
    Thank you for our lovely letter and prize.
    The children at BLC have been so excited!


    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 26th Mar 2019, 10:33am
    You are very welcome. We are always so impressed with the work your gladiators put into their mini-challenges. You clearly give them a lot of thought.
  • Thank you for our lovely letter and all of the books that you sent us for our prize! Bridge Learning Campus

    Dear Reading Gladiator Team,
    Thank you so much for all the beautiful books that you sent us for the mini-challenge prize. We were so excited to open up your lovely letter and we’re grateful that you were impressed by our thought and creativity.
    Thank you again
    The Year 3 and Year 4 Gladiators at BLC.


    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 22nd Mar 2019, 5:06pm
    It is our pleasure and thank you for taking the time to send this photo of your lovely group. It made us smile!
  • World Book day

    What a perfect day to be a reading gladiator! And Chapter 21 in the Ice Garden has opened up so many questions!


    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 9th Mar 2019, 11:31am
    You're all looking fabulous Wansdyke! The Ice Garden is such a thought provoking book and asking questions as you read is a sign of great understanding. Do share your questions with us.
  • The Ice Boy-Part 1 wordless cartoon-Bridge Learning Campus

    Jasmine drew a beautiful cartoon strip choosing key moments in The Ice Garden story to reflect in the two worlds-the real world and the Ice world.
    Well done to my Year 3 after school club sharing the same story.


    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 9th Mar 2019, 11:42am
    Well done Jasmine - a super cartoon strip reflecting key moments.
  • Happy World Book Day!

    As you can see, Wansdyke staff have been inspired by all of our reading gladiator authors who have visited us!


    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 8th Mar 2019, 1:00pm
    Wow! These are just fabulous.
  • Page 2 of the letter sent to Guy Jones (author of The Ice Garden) -Bridge Learning Campus

    Other questions that were asked:
    Do you plan your storied before you write them or do you just write them?
    How long does it take you to write a book?
    How do you get an idea for a story?
    Why did you have the portal in the park?
    How did you decide what the fantasy world would be like?
    Why did Jess get bullied at school? This is so sad.
    Why did Jess have a friend in a coma? Is this person the same character in the parallel fantasy world-Owen?
    Some fabulous questions Gladiators! Well done Year 3 Gladiators in my reading club (especially Jasmine) and Year 4 Gladiators!

  • Page 1 of a letter from Bridge Learning Campus Yr 4 Gladiators to Guy Jones -author of The Ice Garden

    Just to update you with our letter to Guy Jones. When we started The Ice Garden and read the first five chapters the children had so many questions about the story that we decided to write to Guy.
    Questions included:
    Jasmine ( wrote 2 pages of questions at home): Why did you decide to become an author?
    My teacher’s daughter carries an Epi-pen for an extreme allergy to wasp and bee stings.We talked a lot about how life threatening severe allergies can be and we were entranced by your opening chapter in The Ice Garden. Do you know anyone with a severe allergy like Jess? Is this why you based the lead character on them?
    Did you research about severe allergies before writing the book?
    These were just a few of Jasmine’s questions.

  • Brian Moses Choices

    We were a little late to submit this as the gladiators wanted to perform it and we ran out of time but did squeeze it in just before half term! The class loved the choices and were really inspired to borrow the books over half term. These are going to make a fabulous book now too! We’re even coming back to a poetry week as everyone couldn’t help but overhearing us giggling and wanted to know more.


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 16th Feb 2019, 4:49pm
    A big wave to Wansdyke Gladiators. Wonderful that you have decided to pur your poems into a book of favourites. Great idea!
  • Submission by Fonthill Primary School

    The Lost Magic

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    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.

    Download the file


    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.

    Download the file


    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 12th Feb 2019, 4:22pm
    Thank you for more wonderful choices.
  • 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 on 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!


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 16th Feb 2019, 9:32pm
    Well done Tayla! Learning by observing how others perform their poems is a great idea.
  • 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.


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 16th Feb 2019, 9:31pm
    How wonderful to have a poem that creates such a big impact. I really appreciated the care that you taken in making decisions about the performance. Well done!
  • 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.


    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!


    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!


    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!


    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.