Y4 West Midlands
Welcome to the 2018-19 Reading Gladiators challenges. Let the reading begin!
There are schools in this group:
- Just Imagine
- Bearwood Primary School
- Lodge Primary School
- St Matthew’s C of E Primary, Birmingham
- Percy Shurmer Academy
- Montgomery Primary
- Gilbertstone Primary School
- Glenmead Primary School
- Little Sutton Primary School
- Parkfield Community School
- Henley Green Primary School
- St George’s C of E Primary School, Birmingham
- Our Lady & St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School
- Mount Nod Primary School
- Frederick Bird Primary School
- Pegasus Primary School
- Oaklands Primary School
- Court Farm Primary School
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!
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’.
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.
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.
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 :)
Submission by Henley Green Primary School
Henley Green Primary School – Our Favourite Poems
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’.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Henley Green Primary School – Year 4 Reading Gladiators
We are growing glorious Reading Gladiators in our garden!
Bearwood visit Wimbley Land
Wed Wabbit – It’s all about Fidge!
This week we read up to Chapter 4 and we discussed what sort of character Fidge is. We think she is a mix of lots of different qualities and emotions. For example, she is thoughtful but selfish. She has a good sense of humour but can also be serious. Finally, she is a caring sister but also gets annoyed a lot of the time by Minnie!
Submission by Frederick Bird Primary School
The Weird and Wonderful World of Frederick Bird Gladiators!
We discussed what we have imagined when reading, watching films and even dreaming! Our artwork has been inspired by some of these things and helped us to create a bizarre and exciting universe which appeared even more stranger when we linked each part together!
Year 4 meeting Angelino Brown
What is an angel?
Last week we spent some time looking at our beautiful first book and thinking about who might be on the front cover. Once we agreed it was an angel, we thought about what we imagine when we hear or read the word angel. This is some artwork we created from our thoughts. This week we are busy artists again as we think about the other characters we have met so far! Watch this space…
Our interpretation of an angel
Here at St Matthew’s we always see angels – it’s part of our logo. So it was a real pleasure to draw our own idea of an angel. Really loving this book.
Year 4 Enjoying Reading Gladiators
Meet our new Year 4 Reading Gladiators eager to start the book 🙂
Let the challenge begin!
Hello to all Year 4 Reading Gladiators in the West Midlands. We are looking forward to hearing what you think about this year’s books. Be sure to post an update and tell us how you are getting on.