Year 6 have been working on a complex piece of literacy work all about the life of Philippe Petit, a high-wire artist who rose to fame after walking across the Twin Towers in New York on a rope in 1974.
The students have been fascinated by his story and have carried out plenty of online research using the new school iPads. The task was set to explore news accounts of his life, and to then compile a timeline biography for Philippe Petit.
We have also been looking at a picture book called The Man Who Walked Between the Towers. This contains some striking original artwork about the famous rope walk. The use of pictures only is a deliberate technique to help the reader to try and develop their own understanding of the story.
This has led the Year 6 students to think about the role that suspense can play in our own stories. Each class member has composed a short poem about the event, with a focus on building up the suspense towards the final verse.
The final outcome of the Philippe Petit story involved a court case after he was arrested by the New York Police. The Year 6 students have all written a piece of persuasive writing, putting themselves in the character of Petit and pleading for the Judge to be lenient.
You can listen to a couple of the Year 6 students reading out their work in the recordings below.