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It’s Roald Dahl Day on 13th September, so here’s a round-up of the all the exciting ways you can get involved, whether you’re a teacher, librarian or parent or carer.

Save the Date!  

On the 13th September at 2pm, there will be an extra special, birthday-tastic Puffin Virtually Live: Roald Dahl Day show!  Get your ‘Roald Dahl 100’ parties started with a GIANT whizz-pop and join thousands of schools who’ll be tuning in to watch! Broadcast from The Cambridge Theatre, home of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda the Musical there are many tremendous surprises and birthday treats in store:

You can register your class or school here http://puffinvirtuallylive.co.uk/author/RoaldDahlDay2016

  •     Watch an all-singing, all-dancing performance from the cast of Matilda The Musical.
  •      Go behind the scenes of Steven Spielberg’s summer blockbuster The BFG
  •     Take a peek at rare treasures from the archives with Rachel White from the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
  •      Invent wondercrump words with the Word Wizards from the Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary
  •      Who is Roald Dahl’s most villainous villain? Join the debate and let us know

Suitable for all Key Stage 2 chiddlers!

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Party Packs

This year, the whole world is celebrating 100 years since the birth of the World’s Number One Storyteller and you can take part by joining the biggest ever global Roald Dahl party! You can register today for your free party pack at roalddahl.com/party for activity sheets, dress-up ideas, decorations and more!

Lesson Plans – Using THE BFG TRAILER in the classroom

Earlier this year, Roald Dahl’s The BFG was named by parent’s as their top book for teaching empathy.

From the beginning of The BFG, the Big Friendly Giant envelopes you in his warm and benevolent nature as he cares for our protagonist Sophie with more love than she’s ever experienced. What’s more, anyone who thinks all giants are scary will certainly change their perceptions once they’ve met the BFG. The official BFG lesson plans include PSHE and Literacy objectives so you can read the story with your class, and we’ve also got a fun activity sheet for you to download.

If you’re looking for ways to use the trailer in your classroom, here’s a fun activity below to inspire future Spielbergs!

The Challenge

Watch the trailer and then ask the class how many references to the book they can spot. Use the book to find quotes that match the action. See who can spot the most – here are a few clues to get you started . . .

  1. The BFG snatching Sophie – ‘a huge hand with pale fingers came snaking in the through the window.’
  2. The Dream-Blower – ‘very long, thin trumpet’
  3. The Snozzcumber – ‘I squiggle it! I mispise it! I dispunge it!’
  4. The group of Giants – the Bonecruncher, the Manhugger, the Childeater, and of course, ‘the horriblest of them all’, the Fleshlumpeater
  5. The BFG – ‘I is a nice and jumbly Giant! I is the only nice and jumbly Giant in Giant Country! I is THE BIG FRIENDLY GIANT! I is the BFG!’

Discussion Questions

  1. Which parts of the story were chosen for the trailer and why?
  2. What is the atmosphere of the trailer and how is this feeling created? Think about the lighting, music, narration and how the characters are introduced.
  3. Look at the movie trailers for other popular films, like Harry Potter, Paddington Bear and Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief and discuss what makes a good trailer?
  4. Why do they think certain parts of the story were chosen? And why were other parts left out?

Task

  1. Explain how making a trailer or a movie is just like telling a story: you have to think about your audience and what type of story it is you’re trying to tell, e.g. scary, romantic, old-fashioned or show-stopping. Divide the class into small groups and challenge them to create a new trailer for The BFG – with a twist. Give each group a different film genre: Horror, Romantic, Comedy, Silent, Musical. Make sure they keep it a secret.
  2. Tell them to find parts of the story which match these themes – think about using different characters as the hero, how would the trailer be different if it was from the Fleshlumpeater’s or the Queen’s perspective?
  3. The groups should then devise a piece of theatre or write a storyboard – don’t forget to add a release date!
  4. Once they’re finished, perform or share the storyboards with the rest of the class and see if they can identify the genres

1 x minute make and does:

– Dream Jars can be made from old jam jars

– A cucumber can magically transform into a snozzcumber

– Wondering what to do with your Vuvuzela from the last football championships? It makes a terrific dream blower

– The story opens in the witching hour – so turn off all the lights and gather round

Competition

We’ve got an absolutely GIANT competition for you! For more information, click here.