Year 6 Work on Creating Suspense in English Stories

The Year 6 students have been reading Philippe Petit’s The Man Who Walked Between the Towers book. This documents how the French high wire artist walked between the Twin Towers in New York in 1974. The story is full of suspense as he attempts this incredibly dangerous act.

This has led the pupils to think about how we can add an element of suspense in our own stories. Class teachers Rebecca and Leanne have been helping the students by suggesting various techniques. We have found that short sentences help to build up the suspense.

Each class member then wrote their own account of the historic Twin Towers high wire walking event. The pupils were asked to write in the first person and in the present tense. Some of the stories were able to convey a real sense of excitement as they described what Petit might have been thinking at the time.

You can listen to a couple of the Year 6 students explaining a little more about their literacy work in the recording below.

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