Y2 Yorkshire and East Midlands

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


  • Submission by Thorpepark Academy

    The Glassmaker’s display

    The children enjoyed being part of making their own display. They enjoyed telling others about the book they have read and what they liked or disliked about it.

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 6th Nov 2018, 6:06pm
    Just Imagine comment: What a super idea to use some of the images from the book to create your own artwork. Some well-known illustrators do this too. Have a look at Anthony Browne's Willy's Pictures or the Katie books by James Mayhew. You can learn a lot from looking closely at how artists make their pictures. Perhaps your teacher will share some of the podcast with Jane Ray with you. If you listen carefully, you can discover how she experimented with different ways of painting glass.
  • The Glassmaker’s daughter

    The children enjoyed using their visualisation skills by looking for clues within the text.


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 1st Nov 2018, 4:48pm
    Hello, Thorpe Park Academy. Dianne Hofmeyr's language is beautiful, isn't it? I interviewed her for a podcast today, so you might be able to listen to some bits of the interview to find out what inspired her to write the book and where some of the details, like the birds nests on the water, came from.
    Sara Stanley 9th Nov 2018, 1:56pm
    You all look very engrossed. What did you discover?
  • St Joseph’s Derby, Year 2 Gladiators

    Here are our Year 2 Gladiators for this year! They are thoroughly enjoying their first book, ‘The Glassmaker’s Daughter’. They are loving learning new words such as ‘alchemist’ and ‘meloncholy’ and using them in their writing in class!


    Sam Keeley
    Sam Keeley 19th Oct 2018, 6:15pm
    A big hello St Joseph's - what lovely smiling faces! I love it when you find new words in your reading and try them out in your writing - it's what all great writers do. Do share some of your writing with us - we'd love to see it.
  • The Journey Begins…

    Here is our Year 2 group in the Dragon’s Reading Cave…we’re all super excited to start our first session!


    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 13th Oct 2018, 8:30pm
    It looks very snug in your Dragon's Reading Cave. I hope the dragon doesn't come home while you are reading!
    Angelina Brett 6th Nov 2018, 9:34am
    Wow, what a fabulous reading cave you have there girls! I bet you are enjoying your Reading Gladiators books as much as our Year 2's are at St Joseph's, Derby!
  • Let the Challenge Begin!

    The Reading Gladiators challenge for 2019 is about to begin. We look forward to reading your updates.