Pupils enjoy a day of dressing-up fun for Roald Dahl day

Roald Dahl Day at Simonside Primary School.
Roald Dahl Day at Simonside Primary School.

Pupils at a South Tyneside school showed their love of reading as they dressed up as their favourite book characters.

St Oswald’s RC Primary School, in Nash Avenue, Whiteleas, South Shields, held a Roald Dahl theme day.

Children and staff dressed up as characters from Dahl’s books, including Willy Wonka, Bruce Bogtrotter and Umpa Lumpas.

Children’s author and illustrator Liz Million came into the school as part of the celebrations, spending time with each class and teaching pupils how to illustrate text.

Year 1 teacher Emma Shaughnessy said: “We decided to do the day to promote a love of reading at the school.

“With it being a new school year, we thought it would be nice to select a well-known author to focus on as a school, and Roald Dahl was the obvious choice.

“The day itself was a fantastic way to round that off, and the children and staff were all dressed up.

“Everyone had a fantastic time, and it was a really enjoyable day.

“As a school, we’re trying to promote reading for pleasure at home with parents, and to get them involved as well.Events like this help with that a lot.”

She added: “Liz Million came in and delivered a workshop with every class.She was brilliant.

“She was really enthusiastic and got dressed up herself as one of the witches from one of Roald Dahl’s books.

“She was very knowledgeable, and was great with the children.

“Liz taught the children how to draw illustrations, and we’d definitely have her back at the school at some point in the future.”