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Passmores Academy Celebrates Roald Dahl’s Birthday

Education: Primary / Wed 19th Sep 2018 at 11:33am

Passmores Academy Celebrates Roald Dahl’s Birthday

ONE of the nation’s best-loved authors was celebrated at Passmores when the school’s English Department organised a week of Roald Dahl inspired activities.

The students’ creativity and imagination was captured as they discussed the work of Dahl, who is famed not only for his short stories for children and adults, but also for his work as a scriptwriter.

The introduction of more rigorous GCSEs in 2017 means that to be able to access exams across all subject areas, it is crucial that students are competent readers. Passmores has always encouraged reading for pleasure for both its staff and students, with the aim of developing a life-long love of literature.

Throughout the week, the students immersed themselves in themed creative writing lessons, which culminated in a day of celebration on the anniversary of the author’s birthday. The whole of the English Department became a Dahl-inspired fantasy world, complete with Wonka Bar wrapped doors, and staff dressed as some of the writer’s most extraordinary characters, including Augustus Gloop and Mrs Trunchbull.

The resulting displays of work caused a real stir, as students flocked to the English Department to take a look at the what they and students from other year groups had produced. One of the most intriguing tasks had involved making ‘dream jars’ on which the youngsters wrote down their hopes and dreams for the future.

English teacher and creator of the event, Danielle Edwards said, ‘The idea for the dream jars came from Dahl’s book, The BFG. In class, our young people shared what they had written and had some really interesting conversations about the books they’ve read and what they could read, especially as they get older. This challenged the concept where some students believe reading is not for them, or that it’s only for younger children. But this week we’ve had students visiting our department who wouldn’t normally engage, which is wonderful. It was also a nice way to get to know the children as we start the new academic year and provided a real insight in to the teenage mind!’

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