Year 4 2021
Welcome to the 2021 Reading Gladiators™ challenges. Let the reading begin!
There are schools in this group:
- Becket Primary
- Edward Heneage Primary Academy
- St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, Derby
- New Pasture Lane Primary School
- Edenthorpe Hall Academy
- Gleadless Primary School
- Wyndham Primary Academy
- East Hunsbury Primary School
- Medlock Primary School
- Chapel Street Primary School
- Ribble Drive Primary School
- Windy Arbor Primary School
- St Matthew’s C of E Primary, Birmingham
- Henley Green Primary School
- Montgomery Primary
- Percy Shurmer Academy
- Oaklands Primary School
- Kingshurst Primary School
- Alston Primary School
- Muswell Hill Primary School
- Dallow Primary School
- Hallsville Primary School
- Keir Hardie Primary School
- Brampton Primary School – Newham
- Leedon Lower School
- Heathrow Primary School
- Danbury Park Community Primary School
- Snodland CEP
- All Saints’ CEVA Primary School
- Wentworth Primary School
- Stock C of E Primary School
- Arthur Bugler Primary School
- Priory Junior School
- The Albert Pye Community Primary School
- Rodings Primary School
- Bridge Learning Campus
- Wansdyke Primary School
- St Frideswide C E Primary School
- The Willows Primary School
- Iver Village Junior School
- The Priory School – Edgbaston
- The Dolphin School
- Colmers Farm Primary School
- Just Imagine
- Gwenfo CW Primary School
- Sidemoor First School
- Edinburgh Primary School
- St Louis Catholic Academy
- Knockhall Primary School
- Northumberland Heath Primary School
- Willow Bank Primary School
- Peareswood Primary School
Submission by Bridge Learning Campus
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Year 4 really enjoyed the book.
Freedom, protection, childhood innocence were some of the themes discussed within the sessions.
Year 4 especially loved being creative to write their own narrative to the story. Seeing the children explore the depths of emotion and vulnerability in their writing was a very proud teaching experience.
Thank you for Chalk Eagle, it was much loved
Submission by Heathrow Primary School
Runaway Robot Heathrow Primary
This half term, Heathrow Primary Gladiators have enjoyed the buzz of their first book, 'The Runaway Robot' by Frank Cottrell-Boyce. The story is about a boy called Alfie who goes to the Airport Lost Property, where he finds a 100 year old robot, Eric. Eric has lost his leg and Alfie has lost his artificial hand. They form a strong friendship and help to put each other back together. Along the way, they meet lots of robots and other children trying to adapt to losing a limb.
This story is full of heart, humour, acceptance, difference and bravery. The Gladiators have also thoroughly enjoyed learning about the evolution of robots over the decade, and we look forward to exploring other heavy weight titles in the Summer term. Stay tuned for more!
Submission by Heathrow Primary School
Heathrow Primary School – Runaway Robot Project
The children have had a blast researching robots through the decades. The Runaway Robot was an inspirational and heartwarming read, which has motivated the children to explore similar titles. We look forward to 'The Umbrella Mouse' next half term!
Submission by Knockhall Primary School
Knockhall Primary Runaway Robot
Submission by St Frideswide C E Primary School
Chalk Eagle/ Robot Boy
We have been enjoying these books online and in school.
Week 1: Chalk Eagle
Illustrations on their own can be powerful in telling a story. The Year 4 team explored this concept before looking at ‘Chalk Eagle’. They were given pictures from Tom Percival’s book ‘The Sea Saw’ and retold the story in their own words. They weren’t even given a title or a list of the characters’ names. So what you see here is their own tale, which they came up from looking at the Illustrations alone. I was amazed by their team effort as well as their choice of vocabulary. I hope this session has helped them with coming up with their retelling of ‘Chalk Eagle’, and I’m looking forward to seeing what they come up with 🙂
Week 5: Runaway Robot
For the mini challenge, the Year 4 children each chose a robot to research and created fact files about them at home, following in Alfie’s footsteps. They were surprised to find that there was an actual robot called Eric, possibly the inspiration for our book. These fact files will later form a display about robots for everyone in the school to see. During our last session of ‘Runaway Robot’, the children wrote short stories using an illustration by Chris Riddell as a prompt. The Year 4 team have worked really hard this term and to see their enthusiasm for this great book blossom has been wonderful.
Week 4: Runaway Robot
The Year 4 team explored the world of phrases and idioms with the help of the game show Catchphrase, and its very own robot, Mr Chips. After looking at some phrases, we discussed other sayings and thought of how Eric would respond to them (as he took some of the sayings literally). Then, the children created their own catchphrases with Eric acting them out. The drawings shown here are absolutely brilliant! Have a go yourself, and ‘say what you see’ 😉
Week 3: Runaway Robot
In the lead up to our first session together at Knockhall, the Year 4 team had a go at writing short stories about their robots, taking inspiration from ‘Step 3’. Some of the stories were brilliant to read , including the tale of Metal Mike and his origins. In the session itself, the children acted out part of ‘Step 9’ using a script to help them. Their performance was awesome, as were their drawings that they created based on the chapter (which was done as their weekly challenge).
Week 2: Runaway Robot
In the lead up to our virtual session (hosted during the third lock down), the Year 4 Reading Gladiators were asked to design their own robots with annotations around their drawings. Then, during the session itself, we showcased our robots to each other and talked about what they could do. Afterwards, we talked about ‘Step 3’ in greater depth and discussed Alfie’s feelings throughout the chapter.
Week 1: Runaway Robot
Before reading their first book of their Reading Gladiators journey, the Year 4 team at Knockhall wrote their predictions about what they thought could happen in the story. They also wrote what they knew about robots already, creating picture boards showing different robots in the process.
Welcome to The 2021 Reading Gladiators Challenge
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 Runaway Robot and we look forward to meeting your groups online next term. In the meantime we wish you a happy and restful Christmas break.