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Improve reading comprehension and fluency with these Roald Dahl lesson plans for KS2 English

Key Stage



Years 3-6


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.

  • Lesson 1 looks at chapter 19 and expressive and performative reading.
  • Lesson 2 looks at character clues in chapter 20.
  • Lesson 3 looks at vocal intonation and expression reading chapter 21.

All three have opportunities for writing activities too.

You can also try Martin Galway’s James and the Giant Peach lesson on reading aloud with the book, here

Before joining Herts for Learning, Alison Dawkins was an experienced member of the senior leadership team at an outstanding school; working also as an Advanced Skills Teacher to support the development of teacher practice across Hertfordshire. Alison has a particular interest in developing writing through reading and talk, including how drama can be best used to enhance progress in writing.

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