Reading Gladiators

The rigorous requirements of the reading framework require deep engagement and response to texts. Reading Gladiators can help prepare pupils for these demands in an engaging way, within the context of reading for pleasure. Immersing children in quality, demanding and varied books. Participation in high level discussion helps develop deeper reading skills, builds reading stamina and helps to nurture adventurous readers.

Reading Gladiators - Dec 2021

This term we started to read “Rebound” by Kwame Alexander. It is about a young boy in America called Charlie and his journey as he grieves the loss of his father. The books is written in a variety of poetry styles which some of the children found hard at first. However, they all persevered and found it is good to try new styles of books. We are looking forward to reading “Strange Star”, based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,  over the Christmas holidays, ready to meet again in the new term.

Mrs Hughes.

Year 2 – Autumn 1 2021

The year 2 Reading Gladiators have really enjoyed reading, sharing and discussing the book ‘Perfect’ by Nicola Davies.

The first session asked the children about what they thought the term ‘Perfect’ meant to them. We created a definition and then checked our definition with a dictionary.

The children said that they thought that ‘perfect meant it could not get any better’.

During the next session the children were thinking about emotions of the main character at different points in the text and how the boy was affected by different situations that were occurring.

Each child was able to connect the symbolism of the swift fledglings with the arrival of the main character’s baby sister. They looked closely at the illustrations to draw on more knowledge of this and related the language of soaring, racing, chasing and screaming with the movements of the swifts.

Reading Gladiators Year 6

Rebound Book Report

The book is an emotional journey of a teenager named Charlie Bell and his roller coaster of a summer, that he has to spend with his grandparents and how basketball changed his life. It is about a boy who has lost his father from a stroke and is mourning his death. His cousin Roxie has helped him recover and have some fun.


The book is such an incredible journey, it is just hard to put down. It is so emotional, you will laugh, cry, and there is so much more to books like this than you think.


This emotional book is about Charlie bell struggling through mourning and learning basketball, which changed his life. He has a cousin called Roxie and a friend called CJ.


I loved the romance that I always thought about when I was reading about CJ and Charlie and all together the book was amazing and wonderful every word I read. This book was beautiful and I would have never read it.


This book is written in a slightly different way to a lot of books I have read before, and I was surprised when I liked it so much. I love the idea that Charlie is taught to rebound on and off the court. I would definitely recommend this poem style book to people from 10-any age.


This book is one of the best books I’ve read. I love the way it is written out its very different. Also I like the story line, Charlie bell is a great character.

Reading Gladiators Year 6

The Y6 gladiators have been reading their first book, A Wrinkle in Time. The story is very unusual as it is both adventure and science fiction. They have all enjoyed reading it as it has broadened their experiences into new genre.

The story is about Meg Murray, a high-school-aged girl who is transported on an adventure through time and space with her younger brother Charles Wallace and her friend Calvin O'Keefe to rescue her father, a gifted scientist, from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet. They have to travel across space and time to win their father back.

Our reviews

I really enjoyed the book, I enjoyed reading about Meg because at the end she became the heroine of the story. At the start she was very timid and not much of a strong character. By the end she saved everyone which was good. 

It was a surprise as it was a Science Fiction book, I love this genre of book. It was not all Sci Fi which I really liked as it had a story aspect to it as well. It was a bit of both. I really enjoyed it.

The story was very clever, it was science fiction and adventure, not at all what I was expecting. Everything was very clever. I was surprised by the character of Calvin, as he was really supportive to Meg throughout the story.

I liked this book, it is not one I would have chosen myself. I really liked it. Charles Wallace was an unusual character as I did not expect him to be taken over by IT.

My favourite character was Charles Wallace also, he reminded me of someone I know. Zane

I really liked the Space theme, I liked the genre of Science Fiction, and it is not something I would have read normally. Once I started reading it I really enjoyed it. When Charles Wallace went to IT that was sad as I was not expecting that.