Back in the summer, two of Roald Dahl’s novels were selected in a list of ten novels that children “must read before leaving primary school”. In today’s blog we celebrate his fantastic reads with some of our favourite Dahl resources.
The list of 100 books, selected by 500 teachers for the National Association for the Teaching of English and the TES magazine, named Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as the top read with Matilda also close behind in fourth place.
Although it’s debatable whether these are the best Dahl novels (my personal favourite is George’s Marvellous Medicine!), the list does confirm the writer again as one of our great authors.
In the month that would have seen his 99th birthday and the annual event of Dahlicious Dress Up Day (Friday 25 September), why not celebrate with some of our favourite resources and bring to life the fun characters he created in his works.
Dahlicious Dress Up Day is the perfect opportunity to dramatize the works of Dahl. Stage a production and get children to wear an outfit depicting their favourite character, like Willy Wonka, the BFG, The Twits or Fantastic Mr Fox.
Roald Dahl's much-loved story, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, about how Charlie Bucket wins a ticket to visit Willy Wonka's amazing chocolate factory is turned into a play for children to act. With tips about scenery, props and lighting, the play is easy to stage and there are lots of parts for everyone.
Mixing up all the fun of BrainBox with Roald Dahl’s splendiferous words and Quentin Blake’s gloriumptious illustrations makes for a beautiful resource that children will want to use time and time again. Including fifteen of Roald Dahl’s best known books, these cards will introduce all of his unforgettable characters.
Rhymes are an intrinsic part of the appeal of Roald Dahl's books - and this resource offers some classic and magical moments from the books, together with some previously unpublished treats! There are seven themed sections bursting with monsters, ghastly children, magical creatures, unpleasant adults and a few surprises.
Raise literacy and attainment through a deep and active reading of the must read children's story. The Read and Respond series takes growing readers into the heart of over 70 timeless stories, chosen to inspire reading for pleasure. Each teacher resource book focuses on a popular children's story, bringing it alive in a cross-curricular way. Explore every facet of the story through speaking and listening activities, debate and discussion, guided reading, creative writing, quizzes, games and crafts.