Year 4 East Midlands 2017


  • Submission by Springfield Primary School, Derby

    Hurricane Haiku by Springfield Primary School

    Springfield Primary School's Class 4's Reading Gladiators created a haiku poem on the Hurricane text. We have been learning how to write haiku poems this week so the Reading Gladiators were keen to apply what they have learnt! In addition they use some actions to recite their poem. The poem goes:
    Fierce, dangerous wind
    Misty weather is coming
    Swaying trees tonight.

    I'm very proud of their enthusiasm! They had about twenty minutes to write and perform their poem!

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  • Submission by Griffydam Primary School

    The Boy, the Bird and the Coffin Maker

    Our Reading Gladiators thought that it would be a great idea for them to work with the rest of their class on story boarding the story. Each Gladiator was responsible for one part and had to talk to their group about it, using the text to help them. We were really impressed by the level of detail that each group put into their part of the story board and the small details that were so important to the plot. The activity encouraged our Gladiators to have confidence in summarising information as well as leading their team. As their teacher, it was brilliant to watch.

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  • Our Questions for Lisa Thompson

    Y4 Springfield Reading Gladiators questions to ask Lisa Thompson. I was particularly impressed with questions, one, six and ten! They thought very carefully about their questions!

  • Goldfish Boy Mini Challenge

    Y4’s at Springfield Primary thought of some great questions to ask Lisa Thompson!


    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 18th Jun 2018, 2:12pm
    A good mix of questions here Springfield gladiators.
  • The Goldfish Boy

    Y4 Springfield Reading Gladiators working hard on identifying Matthew’s inner and outer feelings! We are loving this book!


    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 25th May 2018, 11:24am
    So glad you are enjoying The Goldfish Boy. Matthew certainly has a lot to work through. I hope you continue to enjoy his journey.
  • Hurricane Haiku


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 5th Jan 2018, 11:38pm
    Well done Springfield Gladiators. Lovely to see you giving yourselves a big thumbs up at the end of your poem!
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 8th Jan 2018, 12:11pm
    Indeed! I thought this was an ingenious way to get the mini-challenge done in such a busy month. Well done Gladiators. I hope you enjoy your runners up prize, which is in the post to you this week!
    Adilah Hussain 28th Feb 2018, 2:46pm
    Thank you! They wrote and performed this completely independently! I am very proud of their enthusiasm!
  • Our Shared Hurricane Poem

    Our Y4 Gladiators captured the feelings of the characters in Hurricane through their shared poem.


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 8th Dec 2017, 2:03am
    I really liked the patterning of 'outside' and 'inside' in this poem, which is also a feature in the picture book that you have read.
  • Hurricane

    Griffydam Gladiators thought of as many questions as they could after just looking at the cover of ‘Hurricane’. We were particularly interested in why the cat was so angry!


    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 1st Dec 2017, 9:27am
    Great work Griffydam! Do have a look at the webinar on The Language of Pictures in the Year 4 Resources section.
  • Y4 Springfield Reading Gladiators

    Our Y4 Reading Gladiators are very excited to start their first book!! @SpringfieldPri1


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 29th Sep 2017, 12:05am
    Hello Springfield Gladiators! We can't wait to hear what you think about this book. Happy areading!
  • Exploring Isaiah’s Point of View

    Our Gladiators thought about how Isaiah felt about the human characters in the story. Here they are and they are REALLY getting into character!

  • The Day I Got Lost

    Gladiator Phoebe drew a picture and wrote about a time when she got lost and how she felt. She really empathised with Isiah, the mouse in our story.


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 22nd Sep 2017, 12:11am
    Hello Pheobe. Getting lost is quite frightening when you are small, or in a strange place. I got lost in Japan and couldn't read the signs to find out where to go, or read the language. It's not a very nice experience.
    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 30th Sep 2017, 10:36am
    Brilliant to see empathy skills employed by this group!