Academic Prep School

Prep School girls enjoy classes inspired by much-loved children’s author.

The annual Dahlicious Dress Up Day – this year on September 13th – raises money to help seriously ill children by inviting students all around the world to come to school as their favourite Roald Dahl character. 

As well as dressing up to mark 100 years since the birth of the author, Thornton Prep School children have been enjoying Roald Dahl-inspired lessons.

In Literacy, Year 5s read through the recipe for George’s Marvellous Medicine before writing instructions for their own wacky potions, taking care to include ‘bossy’ verbs such as crush and squeeze.

In Maths, meanwhile, the Year 4s tackled challenges featuring the likes of Mr Twit and the Muggle-Wump family and George’s Grandma. She is three times older than George’s dad who is 32 years older than George. George is eight, so how old does that make Grandma?

The afternoon’s Creative Curriculum lessons for Years 3 and 4 saw the teachers focus on characters from Roald Dahl’s books. As Mrs Mcleod’s all-time favourite is Danny, the Champion of the World she discussed ways of catching pheasants with the girls before asking them to find their own inventive means of snaring the birds, as long as they involved raisins!

Miss Marum explored the themes of teamwork and co-operation by using the story of The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me. She inviting a class discussion on why these three animals made such successful window cleaners before asking students to choose three animals of their own and give them a suitable job. Mrs Olejnik, meanwhile, orchestrated an anti-Twits afternoon with the girls banishing ‘ugly’ thoughts in favour of ‘good thoughts’ poems. 

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