Year 2 2021

Welcome to the 2021 Reading Gladiators™ challenges. Let the reading begin!


  • The Phoenix of Persia – Week One

    We are so excited to finally have begun our RG journey 2021! The Year 2s were the first lucky group to launch yesterday. We had a fascinating discussion about the origins of the phoenix and mythical creatures in general. They remained entirely captivated throughout the whole story and were all so excited to go home and share the tale with their parents as well.


    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 21st Apr 2021, 9:10am
    It really is stunning isn't it. It is excellent to hear how enthusiastic your Gladiators are too.
  • Submission by Leedon Lower School

    Leedon Lower School perform their own poem – When I’m Excited.

    The Reading Gladiators have been very resilient for the past few weeks while they were on lockdown, then Mrs O'Reilly was shielding, then two of our bubbles closed and one stayed open so we couldn't meet. This was their version of Say How You Feel which they wrote together and then performed after only one practice. They're amazing says Mrs O'Reilly!

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    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 6th Apr 2021, 10:39am
    I agree Mrs O Reilley! It is so important to share our feelings at the moment and what better way to do it than through poetry. I know Joseph Coelho will be delighted that he inspired you to create this expression of emotion. Very well done to you all.
  • Submission by Bridge Learning Campus

    Poems Aloud

    Year 2 submission to reading The Shockadile Crocodile

    Year 2 absolutely loved reading through the poems using different styles.

    The confidence the children have gained with reading the poems out loud is astonishing and considering how the past year has been we are all very proud of the children.

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    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 6th Apr 2021, 10:30am
    Thank you Gladiators! A super performance - I felt the tension building towards the end and and was lovely to see you smiling when you reached the climatic reveal.
  • Submission by Knockhall Primary School

    Knockhall Primary The Misadventures of Frederick

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    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 6th Apr 2021, 9:41am
    This is why we select books with rich language! Some excellent definitions from the children here.
  • Week 2: Poems Aloud

    The Year 2 team looked at the poem ‘Don’t Look Now’, and after taking turns performing it (in a whispered, anxious voice), we worked together to create our own version of the poem, taking inspiration from a classic Thomas the Tank Engine story. The poem will be featured in the group’s own anthology that’ll be shared with the rest of the school.

  • Week 1: Poems Aloud

    The Year 2 team started to look at the next book of their Reading Gladiators journey, Poems Aloud by Joseph Coelho. During the session, we chose some poems to read at random before focusing on the double page spread about animals. The children took turns in performing the poems, giving the animals different voices. It was such a delight to watch them and listen to their performances. For their weekly challenge, the children wrote their own animal poems to perform at a later date. On this update, you’ll see one of the children’s poems as well as my own.

  • Week 5: The Misadventures of Frederick

    This showcases the awesome home learning that has been taking place. To finish their journey with this book, the Year 2 team explored the works of Emma Chichester Clark further. They watched a video taken from a recent virtual event and listened to Emma reading one of her own stories. Then they had a go at drawing her characters, including Plum (who is based on her own dog). One of the children was lucky enough to have his drawing seen by Emma herself, and to have her comment on it through social media. What brilliant news! 🙂

  • Week 4: The Misadventures of Frederick

    The Year 2 team at Knockhall demonstrated some excellent home learning as they drew their own illustrations showing what could happen after the story had finished. They drew in the art style of the illustrator, Emma Chichester Clark, and created their own amazing pieces of art as a result. During the session itself, the team worked brilliantly together in fulfilling the mini challenge, creating a word hoard from the book.

  • Week 3: The Misadventures of Frederick

    During our first week back at Knockhall after the lock down, the Year 2 team looked at various examples of Chinese wallpaper designs, inspired by those shown in Frederick’s bedroom. They created beautiful sketches of them and wrote some amazing sentences to describe them, again based on Frederick’s choice of words.

  • Week 2: The Misadventures of Frederick

    While still learning from home during the third lock down, the Year 2 team came together through Google Meets to have our first discussion of the book. We talked about Emily and Frederick and compared both characters. In addition to this, we also thought about Frederick’s use of language in his letters to Emily. After the session, the children had a go at writing diary entries as Frederick while using similar use of language.

  • Week 1: The Misadventures of Frederick

    To begin their journey with this beautiful picture book, the Year 2 team at Knockhall wrote their predictions about what they thought could happen in the story. In addition to this, they looked at the first page closely and compared the setting to places that they knew. They also drew pictures based on their favourite illustrations from the first part of the book. It was an incredible start to their Reading Gladiators adventure 🙂

  • Welcome to Reading Gladiators 2020/2021

    We are so excited to finally launch Reading Gladiators 2020/2021. With new books and a new look on the website, you should be fully equipped to start your Reading Gladiators group in January. Your login will give you access to the guides. All the details you need are in the Running Your Reading Gladiators Group guide, including the mini-challenge dates for each title. We hope you enjoy the first title The Misadventures of Frederick and we look forward to meeting your groups online next term. In the mean time we wish you a happy and restful Christmas break.