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Roald Dahl Day 2019



On Friday 13th September 2019, children, teachers and schools across the UK will celebrate the wonderful worlds, characters and stories of the great storyteller Roald Dahl. From marvellous quizzes to fancy dress and creative lesson plans, there are plenty of ways your school can get involved this year! 

Who was Roald Dahl?

You’ve probably heard of classic children’s stories like ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘Matilda’ and ‘The BFG’. These titles are just a few among a collection of works created by legendary storyteller Roald Dahl. With a quirky imagination and a fondness of creating entirely new words (like ‘Oompa Loompa’ and ‘Gremlin’), Roald Dahl is considered by many as one of the best writers in the world.
 
Born in Llandaff, Wales, on 13th September 1916 to Norwegian parents, Roald Dahl was named after Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian who had been the first man to reach the South Pole.

Roald Dahl was sent to Repton boarding school in Derbyshire in 1929, where many bizarre events occurred that would remain with him throughout his life and inspire many of his later stories. A particularly impressionable memory was when students at Repton were invited to trial chocolate bars, inspiring the world-renowned ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ years later.

Following time spent serving in the Royal Air Force, Dahl married American Actress Patricia Neal, with whom he had 5 children. They divorced after 30 years of marriage and Dahl later married Felicity “Liccy” Crosland, who has helped to further Roald Dahl’s legacy through the foundation of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity and The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
 
Roald Dahl passed away on 23 November 1990, aged 74. He was buried in Great Missenden, the village in Buckinghamshire where The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre stands today.
 
Bringing Roald Dahl Day to Life in Your Classroom

Designed to inspire children (and adults!) all over the world, Roald Dahl Day raises money for Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, funding specialist children’s nurses in communities across the UK. The nurses provide expert care and support to seriously ill children and their families.
 
This year, celebrations will be inspired by ‘Matilda’, with activities, games, lesson resources and more available to download in the Roald Dahl Day 2019 Party Pack.

Teachers can also find a selection of individual lesson plans and educational resources on the Roald Dahl website, including the brand new ‘Matilda’ lesson plan for 2019.

Schools are also invited to get involved with the ‘Dahlicious Dress Up Day’, a fundraising event that encourages children and staff to dress up as their favourite Roald Dahl character and donate to the Children’s Charity.
 
Take a look at the page designed specifically for Teachers on the official website to find resources, activities and more to bring Roald Dahl Day to life in your classroom.
 
Roald Dahl Books to Introduce to Your Students

There are plenty of Roald Dahl books that your students are bound to love, with magical made up worlds and memorable characters. Here are a few of our favourites:

1) The BFG
2) Matilda
3) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
4) The Twits
5) George’s Marvellous Medicine
6) James and the Giant Peach
7) Fantastic Mr Fox

Favourite Quotes

Even if you do not have time to include Roald Dahl inspired activities in your classroom, why not try starting or ending a lesson with one of these inspiring quotes:
 
Don’t worry about the bits you can’t understand. Sit back and allow the words to wash around you, like music.” (‘Matilda’). 

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 they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” (‘The Twits’). 

A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.” (‘Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator’).

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely of places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” (‘The Minpins’). 


If you enjoyed this blog, why not delve into the Life of Enid Blyton to learn about another beloved children’s author. 
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