Friday 4th December
Newspaper reports usually include quotes from the people involved. Find and write down some quotes from Philippe and from the people watching (the onlookers) that you can include in your writing. If you can't find any, make some up. Think about how you would feel watching Philippe making his dangerous walk.
Thursday 3rd December
Read the book again. There is an link below if you wish to hear an audio version instead of reading it. Write the next two paragraphs of your newspaper report, focussing on how Philippe got into the tower and how he set up his walk.
Wednesday 2nd December
Look at the newspaper article on Philippe Petit. What does the first paragraph introduction do? What five questions does it answer? Write your own opening paragraph in the same style. You can magpie ideas from the article if it helps. Now write a second paragraph giving further background information about Philippe. Why did he do it?
Tuesday 1st December
Look online on newspaper websites or in the house at newspaper headlines. Talk to a grown-up about how they work and what they are supposed to do. Think of three possible headlines for an article on Philippe Petit. Try to include alliteration if you can (words starting with the same sound).
Monday 30th November
Read the newspaper report about Philippe Petit' wire-walk between the Twin Towers. Highlight or colour in or label the features of the text. You are looking for: the headline, any subheadings, the byline (the writer's name), direct quotes, reported speech, facts and numbers, clauses that give further information, chronological order, biographical details.
Develop a plan for a newspaper report on the day after the event.
Look at newspapers and how they are laid out.
Look at how headlines are written to attract readers.
Research archived film, news reports and photographs of the incident and make notes.
Arrange your notes into sections to help you organise your information.
Use the internet to find out facts about Philippe, including events in his life. Don’t just use Wikipedia. Write a biography of Philippe in your own words.
Read the section of the text regarding Philippe’s wire walk. Look at the page where the woman is coming up from the subway.
Find out what a subway is, if you are not sure.
In role as the woman coming from the subway, write an eye-witness report describing what you saw and the reactions of other people as they join you.
Read pages 24 to 27 of The Man Who Walked Between the Towers and discuss Philippe's reaction to the police. What did he think of them? Why?
Write the conversation between Philippe and the Judge when the Judge basically lets him off. Use direct speech and punctuate it correctly. Remember to start a new line every time you change speaker.
Thursday 19th November
Use a dictionary to check your spellings and a thesaurus to improve your word choices. Send your finished version to me.
Wednesday 18th November
Write a description of Philippe walking across the tightrope between the Twin Towers. Remember to include adverbs and to lay your work out in paragraphs. This should be about a page long.
Read pages 8 to 13. Discuss equipment that would be needed and how it could be transported. Predict how they might get the cable across the towers.
Read pages 14 to 17. Discuss the problems they had lifting the cable. Explain the use of the word frantically.
Link to science and discuss the impact of forces on the walk. Draw a diagram of the forces acting on Philippe and write an explanation underneath.
Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to Year 5! I hope you had a lovely summer and are ready for the start of the new school year. It has been a strange and uncertain time for all of us and I am sure that, while many of you are ready and happy to return to school, some of you have mixed or anxious feelings about the safety of your child as they return to school for the first time since March.
In order to make the classroom as safe as possible (for the pupils and also for the adults working in it) the tables have been rearranged to be forward-facing, which will be wiped down and disinfected at the end of every lesson to maintain cleanliness. Each pupil has their own equipment labelled with their name, in their own pencil case, so there will be absolutely no sharing of equipment. Pupils have an individual workstation that no other pupil will use, and will be expected to stay in their places throughout the day (apart from toilet breaks as they occur). Lunchboxes will also be stored in these personal areas. Along with the many measures the school has put into place to keep everyone as safe as possible, we will be promoting good hand hygiene after each lesson, before and after lunch and after break-times.
We are all anxious to different degrees about reopening school, so we will be doing lots of work to promote wellbeing and mindfulness to support your child. Having been the teacher for one of the Year 6 bubbles in June and July, I can speak from experience when I say that, although things seem odd and worrisome at first, it does not take the pupils long to adapt to the changes and to feel safe and secure. If after a few days in school, your child is still worried, please let us know so we can provide further support.
In terms of education, we will be implementing a recovery curriculum to help your child practice key skills in Maths and English, catch up the missing Year 4 Summer Term and fill in the gaps in their knowledge, while moving them forward and challenging them with the Year 5 curriculum. The aim is to have fully caught up by the end of the Autumn Term and to make that possible, we have scheduled extra English and Maths lessons each day. Obviously we will still do lots of the fun stuff, but the priority is to make sure that your child’s future prospects haven’t been harmed by their lengthy absence from the classroom. At this point, I would also like to sincerely thank you for all hard work and support you have provided over the lockdown with home learning and other enriching activities. We are looking forward to hearing about any new skills your child has learned since the last time they were in school!
Year 5 is a big step up from Year 4, with more expectations on your child to be able to show independence and apply their learning. Therefore, it would help us to better help your child if you can make sure they read every night and practice their spellings nightly as well. For your information:
If you have any questions or issues, please feel free to get in touch. We are always happy to support you in any way we can.
Mr Wright, Mrs Robinson, Mrs Hendley
Year 5 Team
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