Y4 West Midlands 2018

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

Updates

  • Celebrations and Inspirations!

    Frederick Bird Gladiators were so excited to receive our prize this week. We can’t wait to take it in turns borrowing the books to share at home with our families. We also really enjoyed continuing our reading of The Song From Somewhere else and slightly unnerved ourselves with our own illustrations of the troll, which we crceated based only on hearing the description read to us!

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 21st May 2019, 8:46am
    Enjoy your new books. Your illustrations show how carefully you listened to the words of the story to visualise the troll. Which words and phrases stood out most to you?
  • The Song from Somewhere Else

    We have been reading about Frank while listening to ‘Haunting and Heartbreaking’. We discussed how Frank must be feeling and how the music fits the rhythms of Harrold’s writing.

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    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 17th May 2019, 10:08am
    Listening to music is such a powerful way to help children enter an imagined world. We'd love to here your thoughts.
  • What’s that sound?

    Today we began by reading the start of the book together. We talked a lot about how Frank must be feeling. We then listened to ‘Haunting and Heartbreaking’ as we read page 28 and looked at the illustration. When asked what we thought the sound suggested, our responses were varied. They included; a portal, a time machine, a refelction of Frank knowing she had not been kind, her imagination playing with her feelings. We’re really looking forward to solving the mystery!

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    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 13th May 2019, 7:22pm
    Sharing stories is such a good way of sharing thoughts about feelings. I'm sure alongside the illustration that the music helped children to conjure up stronger feelings too.
  • Submission by Frederick Bird Primary School

    Summoning the troups together!

    We chose the scene where Eska was speaking heroically to the tribes and Flint. We thought the Battle Song from Narnia was a good match because the music was dramatic and that worked well with drama in the scene.

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    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 10th May 2019, 4:04pm
    Powerful stuff! and creatively presented too. Well done!
  • Jacob / The Tale of Angelino Brown

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 15th Apr 2019, 2:05pm
    A very angelic egg Jacob! Well done.
  • Omhle / Sky Song

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 15th Apr 2019, 1:56pm
    Wow! You've really captured the feeling of the landscape in Sky Song!
  • Omhle / Sky Song

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 15th Apr 2019, 1:56pm
    Fantastic icebergs
  • Gloria / Sky Song

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 15th Apr 2019, 1:58pm
    I love the colours that you have used. They match the book jacket perfectly!
  • Gloria / Sky Song

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 15th Apr 2019, 2:06pm
    Another beautiful Sky Song egg. I think Abi Elphinstone would love to see these!
  • Patrick / Town is by the Sea

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 15th Apr 2019, 1:59pm
    I can see that you've thought about Sydney Smith's use of black in Town is by the Sea. Well done!
  • Patrick / Town is by the Sea

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 15th Apr 2019, 2:00pm
    Thank you for sharing your lovely egg with us.
  • Emmanuel / The Ice Garden

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 15th Apr 2019, 2:05pm
    Than you for sharing your lovely egg with us Emmanuel. It looks as cool as an ice garden.
  • Ayrton / The Tale of Angelino Brown

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 15th Apr 2019, 2:06pm
    That's a lovely cheery egg, Ayrton. Just like Angelino's hair.
  • Henley Green Primary School / Year 4

    Decorating plaster eggs drawing our inspiration from the books we have read this year as Reading Gladiators.

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 15th Apr 2019, 2:08pm
    We absolutely love your eggs Henley Green gladiators - they've brought a big smile to our faces and we think they're even better than chocolate eggs (and we really love chocolate!)
    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 15th Apr 2019, 2:09pm
    What an eggscellent idea (we couldn't resist the pun). Your eggs are fantastic!
  • The Who’s Who of Sky Song

    This week we read the first 2 chapters of the book together. We are loving the detailed descriptions and wanted to make sure we were keeping track of what was going on and who was doing what!

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 26th Mar 2019, 9:56am
    What a great idea Frederick Bird. Visualising is an essential technique to help us keep track of what we are reading.
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    Beth Burrows 1st Apr 2019, 4:14pm
    From our continued reading, we now know that Eska has bright blue eyes and a shock of red hair. We also think that Flint has a bit of a temper but essentially has a good heart.
    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 15th Apr 2019, 2:10pm
    Great to see you building on your early reading and adding to your mental images,
  • The Kingdom of Erkenwald

    Today we listened to the prologue as it was read by our teacher. As we listened, we drew what we thought the land of Erkenwald might look like on a map. We then talked about the importance of the Little Bear constellation and the Northern Lights representing the Sky Gods. This inspired us to create some pastel artwork to accompany our maps!

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 18th Mar 2019, 8:45pm
    These are stunning Frederick Bird Gladiators!
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 19th Mar 2019, 8:22am
    You have transported me back into Erkenwald. It makes me want to re-read this story! You have some very talented artists.
  • The Ice Garden vs The Real World

    We worked in a relay to add the descriptive phrases we found for these two settings. We noticed the main differences were in the description of temperature, the level of detail and how it made us feel as readers. The words that came to mind for us when thinking about the ice garden itself later, were, ‘magical’, ‘frosty’, ‘adventure’,
    ‘glacial’ and ‘extraordinary’.

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 8th Mar 2019, 12:32pm
    Those are really interesting words to choose. It really is a magical place full of wonder. I certainly felt the change in temperature when we entered the ice garden and felt the need for an extra layer!
  • The Ice Garden

    This week, we were excited to start reading The Ice Garden. So far, we have found out all about Jess, who is allergic to the sun. In the photo you can see the still image we created, which shows Jess standing at a hospital window in her protective clothing, watching other ‘normal’ children playing outside. We felt sorry for Jess because we realised she must feel incredibly lonely.

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 28th Feb 2019, 2:16pm
    It must be hard to have to watch but not be able to participate. Let us know what you think of the book, when you have read a bit more.
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    Beth Burrows 4th Mar 2019, 3:46pm
    We have really enjoyed reading further into The Ice Garden. We spotted a few examples of personification and discussed why this was used and what effect it has for readers like us.
  • Friendship, Adventure and Magic! What could it mean?

    Today we thought about the suggested themes of friendship, adventure and magic. We talked about what they meant to use and how we could represent this through images and words.

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 16th Feb 2019, 4:47pm
    Hello Frederick Bird Gladiators. Lovely to see your thoughts around those key words. I wonder how they will come together in the story?
  • Submission by St Matthew’s C of E Primary, Birmingham

    Behind the Staff-room door

    St. Matthew's Reading Gladiators have all had a fabulous time reading and doing various activities to Lost Magic. They have done performances to their favourite poems, drawn text maps and even did video recordings and role play. We all love this book and had an amazing time reading and performing poetry together :)

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    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 15th Feb 2019, 2:04pm
    Great use of graphics and emoji's to write your chosen poems.
  • Submission by Henley Green Primary School

    Henley Green Primary School – Our Favourite Poems

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    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 12th Feb 2019, 11:26am
    Thank you for taking the time to record your entry Henley Green. This poem was certainly a popular choice as you will see from the other entries! I hope you have seen Brian reading it too.
  • Little Sutton Year 4 Gladiators

    Here we are enjoying our success from the mini-challenge and reading our favourite poems from ‘Lost Magic’. Our particular favourite is ‘Cakes in the Staffroom’.

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    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 31st Jan 2019, 4:22pm
    Congratulation again to Little Sutton for your fabulous mini-challenge entry. I hope you are re-enacting 'Cakes in the Staffroom' on location and with accompanying artefacts!
  • It’s all in the mind’s eye!

    Today we talked about our favourite poems from Lost Magic, having started our reading at home. In our session today, we listened to some poems being read and sketched out what we were imaging as the reading continued! Even though we were drawing independently, many of our images looked the same. We decided that this showed how well the poets built a picture of what they were describing for us. They were also good at creating feelings in us such as fear of the snakes; particularly the python welcoming guests and crushing bones!

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 21st Jan 2019, 10:11pm
    Thank you for sharing your work with us. Interesting that your images were similar. I wonder if any of the details were different? Why might tht be?
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    Beth Burrows 28th Jan 2019, 4:14pm
    We spoke about this and thought the differences could be down to our different experiences, ideas and creativity!
  • Submission by Parkfield Community School

    Town is by the sea mini challenge

    We created a picture to represent the physical and emotional feelings of being in the dark. We had to imagine what it would be like for father to work all day down in the coal mine.

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    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 11th Jan 2019, 10:05am
    Excellent use of symbols to represent the range of emotions. A picture can speak a thousand words can't it.
  • Submission by Little Sutton Primary School

    Town is by the Sea

    The year four gladiators loved exploring the theme of darkness and how it made them feel! Here, some of the gladiators produced artwork at home to reflect and present their ideas.

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    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 11th Jan 2019, 9:57am
    Fantastic to see four different interpretations. I can imagine you had some interesting discussion about being alone in the dark and belonging in the dark.
  • Submission by Frederick Bird Primary School

    What on earth is a Wimbley Woo?

    We worked to construct our own rhyming couplets, lines and stanzas and after that, had to work really hard as a team to mix them together to create a whole poem. It took some compromising and lots of cooperation, but we are very proud of the poem we created. We enjoyed reading it out loud together but did not all want to share our voices in a recording, so we thought we would help the reader imagine the scene by creating some illustrations!

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    Comments

    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 14th Dec 2018, 4:02pm
    Great teamwork! I think there is one word we will all remember after reading Wed Wabbit and that's 'hue'. I hope you will use it in your own writing soon.
  • Parkfield Community School Town Is By The Sea

    We have been listening to ‘The Coal Miners Song’ by Jimmy Joe Lee and imagining what it would be like to be in a dark space. We tried moving around and doing a simple task in the dark. It was really hard!

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 13th Dec 2018, 5:28pm
    Being in the dark is tricky isn't it. I always feel really disorientated in the dark.
  • Parkfield Community School Angelino Brown

    We have been exploring all the different characters in this this story. We have also been thinking about why an angel like Angelino has entered the lives of Bert and Betty.

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 5th Dec 2018, 1:41pm
    Fantastic to see you Parkfield! It's the sign of a great reader to question what you read. Do let us know your thoughts as you read on.
  • Henley Green Primary School – Year 4 Reading Gladiators

    We are growing glorious Reading Gladiators in our garden!

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 19th Nov 2018, 3:56pm
    Glorious GREEN gladiators! How appropriate. Hello everyone, I hope you are still having fun and enjoying your reading.
  • Bearwood visit Wimbley Land

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 23rd Nov 2018, 1:08am
    Hi Bearwood, thank you for sharing the map of Wimbley land with us. What a crazy place! Do you think you could speak in rhyme all day long?