Prep students get a taste of Dahl during Activities Week.
This week, students in Years 3 and 4 have been gaining a deeper insight into Roald Dahl’s stories and his far-reaching impact on children’s literature through a range of stimulating activities.
These have included a performance-based workshop, a visit by an actor and lots of making and doing crafts, all leading up to a visit to Cadbury World in Birmingham.
Miss Goodridge, one of our Speech and Drama co-curricular teachers, invited the girls to bring their drama talents to the fore and ‘use their biggest voices’ as they talked about their favourite Dahl characters and pretended to be the likes of Miss Trunchbull, Augustus Gloop and the Grand High Witch. Working in groups, they also told the story of one of the author’s books through three freeze frames – the beginning, middle and end.
In other hands-on projects, the girls made colourful dreamcatchers and crazy character cubes and they decorated hula hoops with Dahl-themed pictures and words.
Most exciting was a visit by Anthony Pedley, an actor who created the role of The BFG on stage and who has appeared in theatres and on radio and TV all over the world. During his one-man show, he regaled students with extracts from the poems and prose of Dahl, interweaving his narrative with details of the author’s childhood and the inspiration behind the master storyteller’s best-loved books.
‘The ingredients for a great story,’ he summarised ‘are a good, fast plot, lots of humour, nice and nasty characters and, ultimately, good to triumph over evil.’ In time, who knows, he told the girls, you could be getting on with your own creative writing pieces.