A Roald Dahl Day is the perfect way to explore Dahl’s life and work.  You can choose from two options, either a Learn and Present for 1 class or an Explore Day for up to 6 classes, depending upon how many pupils you would like us to work with and the impact you’d like to have in school.

Learn and Present

One class of children work together all day, learning all about Roald Dahl and creating a performance to be proud of.  The performance, which is performed by your pupils, begins with a class of children and a strange little girl surrounded by books – her name, of course, is Matilda.

Matilda takes the class on a journey through Roald Dahl’s life; his schooling, his time as a pilot, his dream for travel, his family and his ultimate desire to create incredible books that spoke to children.

Along the way children meet (and play) characters from his stories, including a terrifying encounter with the Witches (this can be removed if your school prefers), a stumble through Aunt Spiker and Sponge’s garden, a trip to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory and a meeting with the horrible Mr and Mrs Twit – all of whom are played by your pupils!

The Roald Dahl Learn and Present Day will inspire your children to read more of Dahl’s books and to explore what makes his writing so interesting and special.

Please note – there are 2 versions of this Learn and Present Day; the full upper KS2 version and a more simplified version for lower KS2.  


The Explore Day option is perfect for those schools who are more than one form entry, or for schools who want to cover a lot of classes in 1 day.   We offer up to 6 workshops across the day, and these can be themed to specific Dahl books – so you might have a Matilda workshop for Year 6 and a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory workshop for Year 5, a Twits workshop for Year 4 and a Fantastic Mr Fox session for Year 3.  The choice is yours and we plan the sessions to meet your needs and the learning you’d like your class to achieve.

Add an assembly

For many schools an Explore Day means choosing a number of classes to work with, and it can be tough leaving some out.  So, we’ve added the assembly option meaning that all children can gather in the hall at the start of the day and spend 20-30 minutes with our practitioner, learning a little about Roald Dahl and his books and having lots of fun.  The assembly is designed to inspire all pupils and act as a catalyst for work back in class.

Key focus of the Roald Dahl in a Day.  For Explore Days these can be much more specific and focused on the needs of each class.

    • Dahl’s life: from his early life, to his time as a pilot and his family life with wife and children – exploring at each step what aspects of each influenced his writing.
    • Key texts including The Twits, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, The Witches, James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr Fox, George’s Marvellous Medicine.
    • Dahl’s inventiveness with language.
    • Historical context of Dahl’s life.
    • Dahl’s creation of interesting and unusual characters.

“Altru have been to Northwood Primary School on numerous occasions delivering high quality drama workshops across the curriculum. Today the Polar Bears (Year 4) had a brilliant day, creating and performing a play based around the author Roald Dahl and his writing.  Altru were fantastic in both organising and delivering the event. The children had a wonderful time. Thank you!” Ian McHale, Teacher, Northwood Community Primary, Knowsley