Roald Dahl’s a hit with kids

Roal Dahl at Braeburn Junior School.'Courtney Stoddart (front left) and Lewis Moore (front right) pictured with some of the other children who carried out project work based on Roal Dahl's books.'113717a.

Roal Dahl at Braeburn Junior School.'Courtney Stoddart (front left) and Lewis Moore (front right) pictured with some of the other children who carried out project work based on Roal Dahl's books.'113717a.

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YOUNGSTERS experienced the magical world of Roald Dahl during a fun-filled school project.

Children at Braeburn Junior School have been studying the popular author since the start of term.

Roal Dahl at Braeburn Junior School.'Children at Braeburn Junior School enjoy reading their Roald Dahl books.'113717b. Pic Kevin Allen. '13/09/11.

Roal Dahl at Braeburn Junior School.'Children at Braeburn Junior School enjoy reading their Roald Dahl books.'113717b. Pic Kevin Allen. '13/09/11.

The pupils, aged between seven and 11, each chose a Roald Dahl book to study.

They have been writing biographies, looking at different characters and creating artwork based on the books.

The whole-school project came together for Roald Dahl Day, which saw pupils dressing up as their favourite characters.

These included Mathilda, the farmer from Fantastic Mr Fox, Willy Wonka and Charlie.

A big assembly was held in school where children were able to show each other their work and costumes.

Headteacher Derek Johnson said: “The work has been part of our drive to stimulate interest in reading.

“The whole school took part - nearly 180 children - and they loved it. It was a great way to start the year.”

He added that all pupils were involved in the Roald Dahl project and about a third of them were in fancy dress on Tuesday.

Mr Johnson said: “It was very successful and certainly something we would like to do again.

“The children joined in with tremendous enthusiasm and the teachers really enjoyed it too.

“Many of us had read the books ourselves when we were younger and staff shared them with enthusiasm.”

Mr Johnson added: “Roald Dahl is one of those writers that is endlessly appealing.

“Many of the pupils have gone home and read more of his books. It has really stimulated their interest.

“We have full sets of his books in school, so pupils can choose another one to read.”

It is now hoped that, following the success of this project, the school will hold a similar event again in the future, perhaps focusing on another author later this year.