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☰ Splendiferous Trip to the Roald Dahl Museum

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Splendiferous Trip to the Roald Dahl Museum

Posted on: 05 May 2015 by Weston Green School | Category: Key Stage 2, Year 4

Pupils from Years 3, 4, and 5 left their own classrooms behind last Monday and instead, spent the day exploring Miss Honey’s classroom and the amazing fun packed biographical galleries at the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden.

At the first sight of the magnificent Charlie and the Chocolate Factory replica gates, donated by Warner Brothers, the pupils were immediately enthralled. Throughout the day they had the opportunity to take part in workshops where they gained a great insight into where Roald Dahl found inspiration for his many characters and how much time he spent writing each day. They also discovered much about his fascination with chocolate and all things sugar coated! Inside the replica of his writing hut they were able to gain a sense of how he sat each day in his comfy old chair creating his wonderful stories using pencil and lined yellow paper. There was also the Story Centre where pupils had fun dressing up as Roald Dahl characters, making up stories and generally letting their imagination run wild.

Following the workshops, pupils explored the Museum’s three interactive and fact-packed galleries where they could view archive materials and memorabilia, including Dahl’s original hand written manuscripts and letters, photo albums and his original Writing Hut, complete with all his personal possessions that he surrounded himself with when he was writing.

Whilst we were there we also took the opportunity to take a walk around the village where Roald Dahl lived and wrote for 36 years. Places of interest along the way included, Great Missenden Library where Roald Dahl imagined Matilda visiting every day while her Mum went off to play bingo; the Post Office from where the postman delivered up to 4,000 letters per week to Dahl when he was alive; the original red petrol pumps which featured in Danny the Champion of the World and the house which inspired the setting for the Orphanage in the BFG. We then followed the road out of the village and walked up the hill to the churchyard where Roald Dahl is buried. Under a tree next to his grave, is a memorial bench which carries the names of his children, and carved into the stone slabs around the base of the bench is the poem from The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me.

Seeing first hand these links between Roald Dahl’s life and the stories he wrote has undoubtedly empowered the would-be writers in Key Stage 2 to bring back some of that creativity to the classroom to inspire their own creative writing. Many of the pupils have said they want to re-read his books, and having experienced so much on this visit, they will hopefully do so with fresh eyes.

Since our visit we have been listening to rare audio footage of Dahl discussing his own writing methods- plus his 7 top tips. 

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