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Roald Dahl Books – 15 of the best primary resources and worksheets for KS2

Whether you're reading Matilda, The BFG or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, extend children's learning and enjoyment of the books with these lesson plans, activities and other Dahl resources...

  • Roald Dahl Books – 15 of the best primary resources and worksheets for KS2


1 | Matilda 50-page activity pack

This glorious set of six free lesson plans from The Roald Dahl Story Company ventures into subjects across the curriculum, with plenty of carefully planned activities to keep pupils engaged and eager to learn.

Inspired by Matilda’s bravery and resilience, the lessons begin with a set of PSHE / literacy tasks that ask children to reflect on how they can overcome the challenges they may face, before moving on to activities that cover science, D&T, geography, maths and literacy.

There are discussion cards, text extracts and all the writing templates you need to record children’s learning.

Get the pack here.

2 | Matilda science lesson plan

Wouldn’t it be great to be like Roald Dahl’s Matilda Wormwood and be able to move objects just by thinking about it?

This physics exploration which focuses on Matilda’s special powers and how this relates to forces.

What they’ll learn

  • Develop ‘working scientifically’ skills and work collaboratively to investigate different forces
  • Experience some unusual effects of forces
  • Identify forces that work at a distance

Download the lesson plan here.

George’s Marvellous Medicine

3 | How Roald Dahl uses grammar and punctuation

This lesson plan and worksheet encourages KS2 children to come up with sassy similies, then compose some exciting writing. After that, you can turn to performance to learn about how to bring texts to life through reading.

Get these resources here.

4 | Create crazy concoctions in chemistry

Create Dahl-inspired chemistry concoctions from household products with George’s Marvellous Mix-Ups, a lesson plan from Deborah Herridge that will stir up kids’ scientific curiosity with a fizz and pop by mixing everyday items, just like George Kranky.

Download the lesson plan here.

James and the Giant Peach

5 | Giant Peach book topic

Climb aboard the giant peach for a book topic that teaches Key Stage 2 students about the importance of friendship through a range of activities. Then look into the science of the story using an actual piece of fruit.

Get this lesson here.

6 | Reading aloud activities

Revisit James and the Giant Peach with this new set of ideas and activities from Martin Galway that take pleasure in performing Dahl’s delightful language.

Read this lesson plan here.

7 | Three reading comprehension lessons

Use Alison Dawkins’ three-lesson sequence, inspired by James and the Giant Peach, to develop reading fluency, comprehension and immerse the children in the joy of Roald Dahl’s language.

Download this resource pack here.

The Great Mouse Plot

8 | Use real-life memories for creative writing

This KS2 book topic from Carey Fluker Hunt on The Great Mouse Plot helps pupils turn memories into creative fiction

Make Carey’s lesson plan your creative muse here.

Billy and the Minpins

9 | Develop imaginative ideas in this literacy lesson

Use this lesson plan to bring Billy and the Minpins by Roald Dahl to life. Children will learn to listen and respond appropriately to others and use spoken language to develop understanding through imagining and exploring ideas.

Get it here.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

10 | Charlie and the Chocolate Factory six-lesson pack

This lesson plan pack contains six full lessons using Charlie and The Chocolate Factory to explore English and PSHE. There are plenty of activities and ready-made resources to suit KS2 (and some of KS1), together with extracts from the text.

Get children to explore writing from a different perspective, express their views and listen to others, indentify good and poor behaviours and use persuasive language to good effect.

Take your golden ticket here for this lesson plan.

11 | The science of sweets

It’s up to the children to test whether Willy Wonka’s latest idea could have potentially explosive results, in this lesson from Sue Martin.

Students will:

  • Explore reversible and irreversible changes to materials and how to apply this knowledge
  • Investigative techniques to solve a problem – in this case, the science behind popping candy, and whether or not it might have any unexpected side effects.

Give children a sweet tooth for science here.

12 | Persuasive writing for the chocolate factory

What new sweet would the children in your class invent for Willy Wonka’s shops? What special properties would the sweet bestow upon its consumer? When they’ve come up with an idea, can they use their literacy skills to think of a name that will wow? Can they use alliteration to good effect? How will they combine verbs, nouns and adjectives?

The activities and resources in this lesson plan inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will help them along.

Click here to get your students’ writing as creatively as Willy Wonka dresses.


13 | BFG bullying lesson

Talk with your class about how we can deal with bullies, then use the activities and worksheets in this KS1 and KS2 Roald Dahl lesson plan to create your own description of a bully that uses similies and metaphors to great effect.

Grab this big friendly lesson plan here.

The Enormous Crocodile

14 | Creative storytelling with The Enormous Crocodile

Pass round the ‘storyteller’s cloak’ and let children retell their own dastardly versions of ‘The Enormous Crocodile’.

This three-page document contains a five-part lesson plan that focuses on:

  1. Hooking children in
  2. Reading and responding
  3. Creating a story map
  4. Telling the story
  5. Writing for real

Click here to get your class writing.

Revolting Rhymes

15 | Get pupils passionate for poetry with Revolting Rhymes

Roald Dahl took traditional fairy stories and turned them into wonderfully wicked Revolting Rhymes, and in this lesson plan, Dave Lewis shows how, with a structured approach, you can help your class to do the same.

Students will explore:

  • What makes a poem sound like a poem
  • How to find rhyming words for your poem (and invent rhyming words if you can’t)
  • How to turn a well-known story into a poem

Never fear, the resources are here.

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