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Roald Dahl Day

September 13th 2019| Michael Mountford
September 13th 2019 |

Roald Dahl Day

What does a spy, an ace fighter pilot, a chocolate historian and a medical inventor all have in common?

If you said world-famous author Roald Dahl – you’d be correct!

Born in Llandaff, Wales, on 13th September 1916 to Norwegian parents. Dahl was named after Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian who had been the first man to reach the South Pole just four years earlier.

Dahl had a lust for travel from a young age, and after leaving school travelled first to Canada, then to East Africa, where he worked for an oil company until the outbreak of World War Two. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force at just 23 years old.

In September of 1940, Dahl received severe injuries to his head, nose and back when he crash-landed in the Western Desert. After six months of recovering in Alexandria, he returned to action, taking part in The Battle of Athens. Later he began supplying intelligence to MI6.

In December 1960, Roald Dahl’s five-month-old son was involved in a serious accident that led to him developing a medical condition called hydrocephalus or “water on the brain.”

In partnership with engineer Stanley Wade and neurosurgeon Kenneth Till; he helped invent the Wade-Dahl-Till valve – a shunt that would help drain excess fluid from the brain.

By the time the valve was ready, Theo had recovered to the point where it was not necessary, but it went on to be used in thousands of other operations.

Roald Dahl died on 23 November 1990, aged 74. He was buried in the parish church of St Peter and St Paul in Great Missenden – the Buckinghamshire village where today The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre continues his legacy.

Revolting Recipes Cooking Show

A fun classroom activity is to let the kids have a go at making some of the foods found in the ‘Completely Revolting Recipes’ book. Or even letting them go wild and make their own interpretations of some of the foods and drinks found in Roald Dahl’s books. To add an extra layer to the lesson, why not attempt to make it into a cooking show; a la ‘Ready Steady Cook’ or ‘Come Dine with Me’.

Roald Dahl Inspired Display

If you’re looking for some inspiration to help make reading more fun and engaging for kids in their own time, add a splash of creativity to a spare section of the classroom and make a dedicated display board, where the children can pin up their favourite pieces of work.

Character Costume Show

A great way to help kids engage with the characters and stories is to hold a class, or even school, wide costume show. Let them dress up and show off their creative side.

Lesson Ideas:

House of Twits App

In House of Twits, Roald Dahl’s most mischievous and revolting characters are back – rendered in 3D for the first time ever! Explore the Twits’ house, including the disgusting bathroom and filthy kitchen, and play some fiendishly fun tricks on them.

Celebrity Book Reading (Ongoing Series)

Having a celebrity voice reading out popular books can help children focus and retain more of the story being read and may push them to read more or even listen to audiobooks in their own time.

Roald Dahl Story Day Pack

The official Roald Dahl Story Day Party Pack for 2021 is here!

Inspired by all our favourite stories, you’ll find craft activities, perplexing puzzles and educational resources perfect for home or school!

The Marvellous World of Roald Dahl Documentary

Helping the children learn all about Roald Dahl and his marvellous world, this documentary explores everything: from his piloting during the 2nd World War, his run-ins with Hollywood and Walt Disney, and how all of his real-life escapades find themselves presented within some of his most famous writings.


As well as all of these fantastic examples of creativity from all around the world, showing just how widespread the influence of all of the fantastical worlds that he created.

Here at Teacher’s Pet we have a wide variety of classroom resources to help make learning about the life that Roald Dahl led as engaging to kids as possible.

James and the Giant Peach – Overcoming Fears
Roald Dahl Books Timeline Banner
James and the Giant Peach Topic Pack
Roald Dahl Author Pack

Have a great day!

We hope that you and your class have a fantastic time celebrating Roald Dahl Day.

Don’t forget to tag us on social media as we love to see what creative ideas you think of to celebrate Roald Dahl Day!

If you have any great teaching ideas for this topic, feel free to comment below (they might even get added into the topic calendar!).

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