Roald Dahl goes digital: Discovery Education launches new resources & pupil competition
Primary school pupils are being invited to take part in a Wonka-inspired competition, and use new digital resources, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl this week.
Discovery Education is challenging pupils to step into the shoes of Willy Wonka by designing their very own ‘frothbuggling’ sweet or chocolate, taking inspiration from the fantastical creations of the fictional chocolatier.
Open to pupils aged 4-11, the ‘Sweet Inventions Competition’ is being launched alongside new resources in Discovery Education Espresso’s award-winning digital learning service. Created in partnership with the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Buckinghamshire, the new multi-media content includes e-books, interactive games and videos, bringing Dahl’s work to life for a new generation of learners.
Pupils at Hampsthwaite CE Primary School in Harrogate have been using the new Roald Dahl module in preparation for the centenary celebrations. Head Teacher Andrew Phoenix said:
“We’ve got lots of fun activities planned to mark the anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth, and it’s great to be able to add a digital aspect to our celebrations. Our younger children are reading The BFG this term, and have really enjoyed using the new resources alongside the printed text. They’re also excited about entering the Discovery Education competition and designing their own sweets. We’ve already received some entries which would be worthy of a mention in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!”
Lewis Bronze MBE, Founder and Director of Content at Discovery Education Espresso said:
“We’re delighted to offer schools new digital resources to celebrate the life and work of one of our greatest children’s authors. The Roald Dahl module is an exciting addition to the Discovery Education Espresso service. We hope that the new contentwill inspire pupils to display their own creativity by entering our competition, and we’re very much looking forward to seeing their sweet inventions.”
The Discovery Education Espresso ‘Sweet Inventions Competition’ runs between 13th September and 21st October 2016, and is open to primary schools everywhere.Pupils are asked to design an eye-catching poster promoting their sweet or chocolate, with a winner being chosen from each Key Stage. The winning entrants will receive a set of 15 Roald Dahl books for themselves and their school, and have their designs made into printed posters. Full details of how to enter and terms and conditions can be found online here.
The Roald Dahl module is available now to schools with a Discovery Education Espresso subscription. With content closely aligned to the National Curriculum, the module supports the teaching and learning of Key Stage 2 English Objectives. Schools interested in a free trial of the Discovery Education Espresso service can request one here.