Y6 South West

Welcome to the 2018-19 Reading Gladiators challenges. Let the reading begin!


  • 6K Reading Gladiators

    6K Gladiators discussed symbolism and allegory in The Secret Horses of Briar Hill. Our discussion led us on to consider more overarching themes within the novel such as the fight between good and evil, angels and devils, does the end always justify the means, War as a disease and so on. 6K are showing themselves to be accomplished debaters!


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 26th Oct 2018, 3:58pm
    Hello everyone. Am I right that I recognise some of you from when you were year 4 Reading Gladiators? How lovely to see you doing so well and enjoying your reading. Well done everyone.
    Lydia Trapnell 6th Nov 2018, 3:27pm
    Hi Nikki, You're right!! Some of our fantastic year 4 Gladiators have gone on to become super Year 6 Gladiators. It's also a lovely opportunity for me as a teacher to see how they have developed since year 4.
  • 6W Reading Gladiators

    6W Gladiators have found The Secret Horses of Briar Hill both compelling and poignant. We had animated discussions about symbolism and allegory as we tried to identify what different characters, events and objects might represent.


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 26th Oct 2018, 3:56pm
    Hello 6W. It sounds as though you had a fascinating discussion about The Secret Horses of Briar Hill. I hope you will enjoy the next book as much as you have enjoyed this one. Happy Reading everyone.
  • How do our views about characters change?

    We are really enjoying meeting characters and reading on to discover more about why they behave it certain ways.
    We were shocked to learn about how Thomas was treated and we are learning lots about Benny and his motivation.


    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 1st Oct 2018, 1:27pm
    Yes Thomas has certainly had a raw deal. He is a very interesting character about whom you will learn more about as the story progresses.
  • Let the challenge begin!

    Hello to all Year 6  Reading Gladiators in the South-west  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.