Welcome to the 2018-19 Reading Gladiators challenges. Let the reading begin!
There are schools in this group:
- Just Imagine
- Beam County Primary School
- Southwood Primary School
- St Matthias School
- Archbishop Sumner C of E Primary School
- Avonmore Primary School
- Scott Wilkie Primary School
- Carlton Primary School
- Cubitt Town Junior School
- Keir Hardie Primary School
- Rosetta Primary School
- St Paul with St Luke C of E Primary School
- Lathom Junior School
- Brampton Primary School
- Cherry Lane Primary School
- Whitchurch Primary School & Nursery, Stanmore
- Elmhurst Primary, Upton Park
- La Fontaine Academy
- Hallsville Primary School
- Essex Primary School
Francesca Stine Diamond Nines
Now that we’ve finished reading the book, we worked in pairs and threes to rank different adjectives that could describe Francesca Stine. As you can see, we all agreed that she was monstrous and heartless, but were in some disagreement about whether she could be described as innovative, sinister or clever.
Submission by La Fontaine Academy
La Fontaine Academy Strange Star Reading Theatre
La Fontaine Reading Gladiators performing the reading theatre from week 3. We had a great discussion about the characters' personalities and motives and how they would talk to each other. They loved performing!
Submission by Lathom Junior School
Reading Theatre Lathom Junior
Here is our attempt at Reading Theatre! Apologies for the video of the floor - we wanted to focus on our voices so we decided not to show our faces. Due to school life being busy recently, we didn't have much time to prepare for this mini-challenge, but we were determined to enter it anyway! Enjoy!
Submission by St Matthias School
St Matthias Readers
St Matthias Yr6 gladiators mini-challenge for Strange Star
Submission by Hallsville Primary School
Reader’s Theatre at Hallsville
We had a brilliant time getting to grips with this chapter of Strange Star for our Reader's Theatre entry. We started by doing some drama and used the thought tracking technique so that we could get to grips with how the characters were feeling at certain points. This really helped us to think about how each character might be speaking. We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed creating it.
St Matthias RG ‘lost in deep thoughts’
We are loving this book so much! We are always taken by surprise by the unexpected events that are unfolding before us… At the moment we are discussing our thoughts on Francesca… We think she is very ambitious and extremely clever. But we think that because she is so clever she feels that she needs to prove herself in a ‘man’s world’. We predict that Francesca will be experimenting on Lizzie and use lightening! We think that there may be a chance that she is trying to find a way to bring Lizzie’s mum back from the dead.
Documenting the Reading Journey
We are racing through Strange Star at Hallsville this month and are captivated by the gripping characters and plot. Our reading journals have been fundamental in developing our understanding and many of us have been adding to them after the sessions at home. It has been fascinating to track certain characters and has generated a lot of discussion about how some of them develop as the story goes on. We can’t wait to find out how it ends and are currently very concerned for Lizzie after reading chapter 23!
Submission by Lathom Junior School
A Bittersweet Story
We all worked together to create this picture called A Bittersweet Story. You can see the Black Horse and lots of dark colours, showing despair and Emmaline running towards Foxfire (who's surrounded by rainbow colours), representing hope. You can also see Emmaline's red ticket and Anna ill in bed amongst the skulls around the Black Horse's feet, as those contribute to the feeling of despair in the book. There isn't much detail in the background, because we noticed that a lot of the illustrations in the book used shading to create the background rather than detailed pictures.
Submission by Scott Wilkie Primary School
Scott Wilkie Primary School entry
Submission by St Paul with St Luke C of E Primary School
Artwork and Book Reviews – The Secret Horses of Briar Hill
Saint Paul with Saint Luke's students all said they enjoyed the book and were incredibly surprised with Thomas being The Horse Lord ("That was a massive plot twist!"). We discussed how we could mix art with a book review and the students decided to draw the horse and leave their reviews the items used to make a protective rainbow shield for Foxfire (the horse). One student stated as she was sketching her item, "That way, we know Foxfire is protected in our world." We're looking forward to the next book!
Year 6 illustration by Yemi
An image unpicking the themes and ideas at the story ‘The Secret Horses of Briar Hill’.
Year 6 illustration by Hamida Choudhury
A brilliant illustration of the ‘bittersweet’ story of ‘The Secret Horse of Briar Hill’.
Symbolism and allegory
Year 6 Gladiators at La Fontaine Academy had a great discussion today about symbolism and allegory – lots of ideas!
At Lathom, we’ve been working on our artwork for the mini challenge. We’ve loved reading The Secret Horses of Briar Hill, and we’re looking forward to the next book!
Hallsville’s Gladiators spent some of the first session yesterday trying to work out what type of character we think Emmaline is from the very first illustration of her. We can’t wait to read on at home to find out more about her secret…
Let the challenge begin!
Hello to all Year 6 Reading Gladiators in London 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.