Beech have been learning about Roald Dahl and what better way to learn more than with a visit to a museum dedicated to him.
The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is in Great Missenden where Roald Dahl spent many years writing. He would spend hours each day in his writing shed surrounded by lots of fascinating items and images that inspired his stories. The class got to see a replica of his shed and even got to sit in his writing chair! They also had a go themselves at creating characters just as he did, starting with some magazine pictures, thinking about people they already know and using dressing up clothes to think about how their charcter would look.
After we had explored the story centre and talked about our characters, we went on the village trail to find some locations that provided Roald Dahl with new ideas for his stories. We saw the library where he imagined Matilda would go each day, we saw the petrol pumps that became Danny's dad's garage and the building that inspired the orphanage in The BFG. The walking tour finishes at the church of St. Peter and St. Paul where Roald Dahl is buried and where there is a beautiful memorial for him which features a poem from The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me.
It was a fantastic, fun-filled day which is set to inspire the children's writing for some time to come.