Supersonic skydiver

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By Brenda Williams

Read a thrilling poem and explore literacy activities about a skydiving daredevil.


Previous Learning
Experience of listening to poems: discussing reactions and sharing views.

Group discussions

The poem on the Poster , ‘Supersonic Skydiver’, was inspired by the recent, amazing record-breaking jump from 25 miles up, by Felix Baumgartner, an experienced sky-diver. It took him two and half hours to reach this height, lifted in a capsule by a giant helium filled balloon, and only nine minutes to plummet to earth, first in freefall, before pulling his parachute at around five miles up, for a safe landing. He later admitted to being terrified!

'Supersonic Skydiver' poem

Before reading the poem, explore children’s understanding of the title. Explain that supersonic means faster than sound, and skydiving is literally that – diving from a plane or very high place, and freefalling for some time before opening a parachute.

Tell children that the poem is based on the true story above, and that Felix Baumgartner was the first man to break the sound barrier in freefall. Read the poem through then provide children with a copy of the text to follow, as you read it together.

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