Roald Dahl is the most successful children’s writer in the world, famous for his rich descriptions, humour and unusual language. Roald Dahl Day takes place every year on 13 September (the author’s birthday), so don’t be a Twit, be a Champion of the World, and celebrate his quirky books and revolting rhymes.
Join us for a webchat with Michael Rosen - author of the first ever authorized children’s biography of Roald Dahl - at 6pm on Thursday 13 September.
- A look at Roald Dahl’s life and writing.
BBC Class clips
- An extract from a dramatisation of Roald Dahl’s book Boy: Tales from Childhood.
- Full scheme with planning and resources, easy to differentiate, for KS2.
- Planning focusing on the Year 5 unit ‘Stories by traditional authors.’
- This is a lesson plan designed for KS2 (Yr 5) based on the well known author, Roald Dahl.
- A match-up exercise from words Dahl made up in BFG - a nice introduction to Roald Dahl.
- Resources based on Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes in which students can insert new words into well-known nursery rhymes to make them ‘revolting’.
- Children find adjectives to describe the character of James. Can be used as a planning format for writing character descriptions.
- A persuasive writing resource sheet to help students create a Roald Dahl-style sweet wrapper inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
- What makes the perfect dream? Find out with this resource to make your own recipes based on The BFG.
- Different character masks for pupils to colour and decorate. Also a link to further free resources to download.
Reading / comprehension
- A selection of opening paragraphs from Roald Dahl’s most famous texts.
- Listening comprehension questions about the book.
- This comprehension activity is based on an extract from the book.
- Simple listening comprehension questions.
- Comprehension activities on the book.
- Explore the world of James and his giant peach with these guided reading questions and activities.
- A set of reading comprehension questions based on The Twits.
- Danny Champion of the World quiz, with multiple choice answers.
- A ‘guess who’s coming to dinner?’ activity adapted for Roald Dahl Day.
- Made as a homework game, children choose a times table to practise then time how long it takes them to complete the game.