Welcome to the 2019-20 Reading Gladiators™ challenges. Let the reading begin!


  • Submission by Northumberland Heath Primary School

    A Wrinkle in Time storyboard

    Our Year 6 RG group produced a great storyboard for their movie trailer. They picked the key themes of family, friendship, mental health and accepting differences. They added in a little question at the end to really make the potential viewer wonder what might happen and really want to find out.

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    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 8th Nov 2019, 1:27pm
    We agree - this is a great trailer! We particularly like the questions at the end and think they will really intrigue readers and make them want to pick up the book.
  • Quick book review!

    Yr6 have really enjoyed this book! They wanted to share some of their thoughts about this book! One child said that they didn’t expect to enjoy the book as much as they did.


    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 21st Oct 2019, 2:30pm
    I love the way you have summarised your thoughts so concisely. It's interesting to hear that one of the group members enjoyed it more than they expected - that's one of the things we love about Reading Gladiators!
  • Persuasive Leaders

    In session 3, we talked about the rescue party’s arrival on Camazotz , and the eerie effect it has on the reader. We split into teams and tried our best to convince prospective new residents to settle on our planet.
    Finally we discussed statements linked to the text which we found did not really have a right/wrong answer, it depended on how you viewed the question and the links to the wider world.
    This led us to a final question which we finished the session with:
    Is it alright if you have to do something bad, to allow good to happen?


    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 21st Oct 2019, 2:35pm
    We are so impressed with your thinking and your question gives us real food for thought!
  • Reading Gladiators: A Fifth Dimension?

    Today, we shared our visualisations of the tesseract and discussed the effects that it might have on the narrative. We looked at mentions of the term in literature and popular culture and thought about how this might have originated from, or linked to, the book.
    Discussion about a fifth dimension proved very popular!


    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 21st Oct 2019, 2:36pm
    Great to see you looking further afield for connections here. It's so interesting to see your visualisations of the tesseract too.
  • Map of ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

    Our Yr 6 RG’s map of the planetary settings is great! I particularly like the representations of the 2d planet and Ixchel.

  • Ixchel Role Play

    Our year 6 gladiators had so much fun role playing as Meg and Aunt Beast. They came up with such imaginative ways of representing the aliens and captured perfectly the change in Meg from fearful to comfortable.


    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 9th Oct 2019, 11:41am
    You look completely immersed which is great to see!
    Rachel Elvidge
    Rachel Elvidge 10th Oct 2019, 3:10pm
    What a brilliant photo! I'd love to come and join in!
  • Tesseract

    Our year 6 Gladiators’ tesseracts are all so similar, I wonder if IT is controlling their minds?!?


    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 7th Oct 2019, 10:39am
    Ooh yes! It could be a tesseract takeover!
  • 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.