Y6 EAST 2019/20
Welcome to the 2019-20 Reading Gladiators™ challenges. Let the reading begin!
There are schools in this group:
- Brightside Primary School
- Toftwood Infant and Junior School Federation
- All Saints’ CEVA Primary School
- Iver Village Junior School
- Snodland CEP
- St Mary’s Prittlewell C of E Primary School
- New Horizons Children’s Academy
- Just Imagine
- Ivy Chimneys Primary School
- Priory Junior School
- St Mary’s Church of England Primary School
- The Grove Primary School
- Brampton CE Primary School
- St Mary’s C of E Primary School
- The Round House Primary Academy
- St Matthews C Of E Primary School (Ipswich)
- Tudor C of E Primary School
New Text Time
The children are so excited to be starting a new text and can’t wait to see if their prior knowledge is going to help them gain a greater understanding of the text as it unfolds
The children were really inspired by the performance of Share Kwame Alexander prior to creating their own performance poems.
Submission by The Grove Primary School
The Grove Reading Gladiators
Our 8 children split into smaller groups to summarise the story in their own ways. This storyboard summarises the story and begins by setting the scene (page 1) about when the story is set and who Charlie is. The next poem they chose (pg15) is a flashback where Charlie remembers his dad. As readers we get to understand why Charlie struggles with his emotions. After that they chose a poem (pg 119) where Charlie goes to live with his grandparents. This becomes a turning point in the story as he is suddenly away from his mum and his friends. The next poem is an introduction to Roxie (pg 184). They selected this poem because they felt that Roxie was a key character who encourages Charlie to play basketball (poem 210) and pushes him out of his comfort zone. The poem on page 212, is the first time Charlie agrees to play basketball, building his confidence in his ability. This continues with the poem on page 227 as we see that he continues playing and his talent and passion grows. Finally they chose the poem on pg 409 when Charlie’s letter and his journal is given to his sons. We inferred that Charlie/Chuck may have died in between the main part of the story ending and his sons receiving this present at graduation.
We are unsure what happens to him, but suspected an illness, possibly something similar to what killed his father. We researched Kwame Alexander and found that there is a sequel to this book, called crossover, which the two main characters are Charlie's sons so are keen to read this one to find out what happened to him.
Rebound – Role-on-the-wall
The children have enjoyed the new text and even more so because it is the first verse novel that they have read.
They are looking forward to adding to the characteristics of Charlie as the story progresses
IVJS Rebound Storyboard
Wow! What a story and what a tricky challenge to summarise Charlie’s journey in just eight poems! We loved the story, the style of the novel and debating the reasons behind our choices of poem.
Submission by Iver Village Junior School
IVJS The Way Past Winter
We have thoroughly enjoyed choosing, debating and performing our selected passage from The Way Past Winter. Performing the text in the Reader's Theatre really helped us to understand each character's personality. We hope you receive the video of our performance via dropbox.
We are amazed at how much we are enjoying this verse novel. It is a new style of reading for all of us at IVJS.
The children have really enjoyed using the characteristic cards to discuss which character portrays which characteristic. This caused huge debate amongst the group but the reasons for their responses varied depending on the scene in the story they were discussing.
We also added a few new words to our vocabulary bank.
Our groups interpretation of the sentence: tiny trees twisted into bizarre shapes, leaning towards the birch at their centre.
The interpretation of this was that the other trees were almost bowing down to ‘The Heart Tree.’
The children enjoyed acting out the scene and interpreting how the characters portray themselves in a particular scene with a focus on the dynamics which drive their relationship.
Enjoying the text
The team are thoroughly enjoying the text and are eager to see what happens next
The children enjoyed exploring the two points of view: Why Mila should have taken Pipa and Why Mila should have left Pipa at home. This caused much debate and children could not unanimously agree on the best outcome
Submission by Snodland CEP
The children have thoroughly enjoyed the text and challenges set - especially trying to create a storyboard using only eight frames.
Submission by Iver Village Junior School
IVJS A Wrinkle in Time Storyboard
We have thoroughly enjoyed working as a team to complete our first mini-challenge. We particularly loved reading the book and brainstorming all our ideas.
The children have been introduced to the second text in their Gladiator journey and can’t wait to see what happens.
Brainstorming A Wrinkle in Time
IVJS Reading Gladiators were amazed to discover that A Wrinkle in Time was written over 50 years ago – what a wonderful imagination Madeliene L’Engle had!
The team looked at the statement cards which identify some of the issues regarding what it means to be human. This caused huge debate amongst the group deciding which they agree with and which they don’t.
The team had their second session today and it allowed them to draw their own interpretation of ‘The Tesseract’. The one above is represented by layers of colour as you travel through time.
Gladiators are presented with their badge
The team were very excited today after receiving a gift!
A Wrinkle In Time
The Year 6 children have started their ‘Reading Gladiator’ journey and are eager to learn more about the tesseract. They first session enabled them to start a character profile on some of the individuals we have been introduced to in the first chapter.
Let the Challenge Begin!
Welcome year 6 Gladiators. The 2019-20 challenge is about to begin. We can’t wait to hear what you think about your new books.