Longlevens Junior

'The Man Who Walked Between the Towers'

by Mordicai Gerstein.

This amazing picture book shares the story of a daring tightrope walk between two skyscrapers - a real-life event when French aerialist, Phillippe Petit, threw a tightrope between the two towers of the World Trade Centre, New York and spent an hour walking, dancing and performing tricks at a height of a quarter of a mile in the sky.   

Year 5 would like to share some of our wonderful work, activities and displays from this book study.   


First activity: Can we walk on a line painted on the playground?  Answer: We found it very difficult so it was hard for us to imagine the challenge that Phillippe Petit faced!


 Phillippe Pettit walking between the Twin Towers in 1974 






Robot Girl by Malorie Blackman

This futuristic story is full of suspense and has constantly challenged the Year 5 pupils to ask questions as each chapter finishes on a cliffhanger!  

Claire is keen to find out what her Dad has been working on in his lab.  He's been really excited about it and Claire knows it must be something that will make him even more famous BUT the big reveal isn't at all what she expected and Claire has a dilemma on her hands - what should she do?




Let's debate

How would you define a 'genius'? How would you feel if your personal information and characteristics were copied and you were faced with a replica of yourself?

Should Robots be allowed to have a right to vote and to have an education?

   Should personal data always be collected?        



What do you think? 




Who is Robot Girl? How do you know? 




The Tempest

by William Shakespeare Retold by Helen Street 


The Real Reads version of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' has introduced the Year 5 pupils to the amazing work of William Shakespeare.  

A storm, a shipwreck and an enchanted island...

Each class jumped aboard the galleon to sail across the seas, when a tempest struck.  Using sounds, we began to imagine how it would feel to be on the voyage and then the images of the storm were flashed upon us... Would we survive this journey?

Class 5H





Meeting the characters: