This year, on the 13th September, we celebrated 100 years since the birth of one of the most beloved children’s authors- Roald Dahl. To mark this special occasion, our school organised a series of events.
There was a whole school assembly about the life and work of Roald Dahl, where children who followed the Dream Jars trail got prizes, and those children who finished the Big Friendly Challenge of reading 6 books during the summer holiday were presented with their certificates in front of their peers. Each year group also organised their own Roald Dahl activities in Literacy and Art.
The highlight of the celebrations were the workshops that the Friends of Firs Farm have sponsored for all of our Infant and Junior classes.
The workshops were led by the One Day Creative company. Two leaders were in our school between the 21st and 27th September, working with each class to explore one each of the three much loved Roald Dahl stories: The BFG, Matilda or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
At the end of the each day, parents were invited to watch a short, collaborative presentation of each class, of their own group- based exploration of the topic through drama and dance. The performances were a show-back of what the classes had been doing during their workshops.
Children took part with great enthusiasm in the fantastic workshops and their happy faces accompanied their comments, which were all about how much they had enjoyed the sessions. The parents’ comments were also extremely positive, focusing on their own enjoyment of coming into school to watch what children had worked on.
One Day Creative wrote to us to say ‘We absolutely LOVE working with Firs Farm and have had an amazing time delivering our workshops and working with the children and staff!’. Our own staff comments were ‘brilliant’, ‘great’ and ‘really worth-while workshops’.