How to teach ... Roald Dahl

On the Guardian Teacher Network you can find resources for Roald Dahl Day, which this year marks 50 swishwiffling years since James and the Giant Peach was first published

This week on the Guardian Teacher Network

13 September is Roald Dahl Day, celebrated every year on what would have been the writer's birthday. This time, it is 50 swishwiffling years since Dahl's classic tale James and the Giant Peach was first published and you can find resources to help the day go with a swing on the Guardian Teacher Network.

You can download everything needed to hold your own Peach Party. The pack includes well thought-out and imaginative activities specially created by Puffin Books.

The teachers' resource pack has ideas on how to teach the Peach, including how to use the book to explore themes of friendship, nature and travel.

Children can join the mission to roll James's Giant Peach around the world by sending their own Peach-gram, mirroring the incredible journey James and his friends made in the book. A print-out can be downloaded. More information here.

Schools and families can book visits to the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden and see the Gipsy House garden where Dahl wrote many of his tales.

Quentin Blake, Dahl's principal illustrator, will talk, draw and answer questions live on 28 September from 2.15 to 3pm. The event is taking place in front of 2,000 school children in the Royal Festival Hall, and you can join them online if you register on www.quentinblakevirtuallylive.co.uk.

New for Roald Dahl Day 2011 is Dahlicious Dress-up Day, when school children are invited to dress up as their favourite Dahl characters on Friday 30 September to help raise funds for Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity. For more information see www.roalddahlcharity.org/schools.

• The Guardian Teacher Network offers more than 70,000 pages of lesson plans and interactive materials. This is being added to every day: more than 40,000 teachers have already registered. To see (and share) for yourself go to teachers.theguardian.com. There are hundreds of jobs on the site and schools can advertise free: schoolsjobs.theguardian.com.

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Emily Drabble

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