Everything we ever needed to know about how to live our lives is most likely to be found in a Roald Dahl book. Not only did Dahl create some of children’s literature’s most unforgettable characters in tales that transcend the generations, what is perhaps most captivating about his work is that, beneath the wonderfully eccentric stories, there always lies a warm sentiment in his words to inspire both young and old. Here are just a few examples:
"A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” (The Twits)
"Oh, books, what books they used to know, Those children living long ago! So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install A lovely bookshelf on the wall.” (Charlie & The Chocolate Factory)
"No book ever ends
When it’s full of your friends
The Giraffe and the Pelly and me.” (The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me)
“Never grow up...always down.” (George's Marvellous Medicine)
The last line of the last children's story Roald Dahl ever wrote, 'The Minpins', is one hard to forget: "And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."
Each year group chose a specific text which then formed the activities and research for the creative curriculum week.
The week commenced with a day of drama workshops, led by Mr Richmond, all based on the different texts chosen by each year group. There was also a special, themed lunch, provided by Dolce!
Our creative curriculum topics take a lot of planning and organisation. Here is a taster of what we planned for our Roald Dahl Week; we hope you find it informative!