Y6 LONDON BOROUGHS 2019/20
Welcome to the 2019-20 Reading Gladiators™ challenges. Let the reading begin!
There are schools in this group:
- Cherry Lane Primary School
- Keir Hardie Primary School
- Hallsville Primary School
- St Matthias School
- Archbishop Sumner C of E Primary School
- Scott Wilkie Primary School
- Dallow Primary School
- Whitchurch Primary School & Nursery, Stanmore
- Rosetta Primary School
- Lathom Junior School
- William Davies Primary School, Newham
- Grove Primary School
- Knockhall Primary School
- Peareswood Primary School
- Willow Bank Primary School
- Northumberland Heath Primary School
- Muswell Hill Primary School
- Just Imagine
- Springwell School
- The Brent Primary School
- Brampton Primary School – East Ham
Circle Map and Summaries
Today, we have learnt that we know very little about Greek Mythology! There are some very challenging names in The Iliad that we have spent the morning getting to grips with. We all managed to write a clear summary of chapter 1 and addressed any misconceptions as a group afterwards, when we reread the chapter independently.
We had 3 Dads to show the progression from his chest hurting, through him collapsing and then to him on the floor. This was the idea of one of our RG and it really adds a sense of movement to the image, even though it’s a freeze frame! We also had 3 shocked Charlies to reflect that. Our other 2 RG represented the pan and grilled cheese sandwich that had been dropped on the floor by Dad.
Role on the Wall
Our year 6 RG are really enjoying Rebound. They managed to get inside Charlie’s head to complete his role on the wall. It was so big, I couldn’t get it all in one picture!
The two Charlies got right into character (lounging in bed) while arguing with Mum. Our Mums also did a great job of channeling their inner parent and disagreeing with Charlie.
Thank you!! We love our prizes!!
Thank you so much for choosing us as the mini-challenge winners for ‘The Way Past Winter’. We absolutely love our badges and are excited to have won some great books for the Book Barn that we can share with the whole of ks2.
Submission by St Matthias School
Fans of Mila and Rune @St Matthias!
We decided as a group that the section (p223-225) shows the change in Mila and Rune's friendship. We feel that at this moment they clearly show that they care about each other. It shows that how the change in their friendship has been subtle so far and it is here they demonstrate their concern and regard. It also shows how Rune's character has changed and how Mila's opinion of him as also changed. We think this is an important point in the story because Rune is willing to put himself in danger for his friends.
Heart Tree Group Sculpture
We enjoyed putting together our group sculpture. We used our blonde hair to represent the gold cord wrapped around the tree, our arms as branches, our bodies as the trunk and two of us next to the trunk representing the trapped boys.
Heart Tree Visualisation
We love the visualisation activities, as they really give us a chance to unpick the language used and widen our vocabularies. It’s also really interesting to see other people’s interpretation of the same passage. Some of us really took the description of the tree ‘arrowing upwards’ very literally!
Heart Tree Verbs
We came up with some excellent verbs to describe what the boys are doing when they are released from the tree. The lack of suitable verbs for when the boys are part of the tree highlights how inanimate they are and how tree-like they have actually become.
It’s interesting how we all drew a very similar shape for our caves, but the mood captured within varies greatly!
Yr6 RG enjoyed their readers’ theatre today. I managed to capture Pipa part way up the oak tree and Pipa’s face definitely captures her playful nature.
Just finished a mind-blowing session with our Year 6 RG! They absolutely thrived during conscience alley and very decisively convinced Mila to take Pipa with her on the journey. They have already asked to use this technique again as they all found it so enjoyable.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
Our year 6 Gladiators’ tesseracts are all so similar, I wonder if IT is controlling their minds?!?
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.