Learning By Topic KS1: Roald Dahl and Mathematics

For one week, read every day for an hour, record how many pages you read in that hour. Plot this information on a bar graph. Now interpret the data: on which day did you read the most amount of pages? On which day did you read the least amount of pages? What other information can be determined from the data?

Make (using shape moulds) or buy some chocolate of various 2D shapes, now observe the 2D shapes and have fun sorting them and matching them.(You may wish to be creative like Willy Wonka and add decorations/flavours to your chocolate)

Talk about (and record if you wish) the properties of 2D shapes (number of sides and corners; could also find lines of symmetry).

Using kitchen scales, weigh different chocolate of a variety of sizes Top Tip: Estimating would be a great concept to try here too–will the next piece of chocolate be heavier or lighter than the last? You may wish to weigh the shapes from the previous activity.

In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Willy Wonka offers a reward of a lifetime supply of chocolate. Let’s assume this is a chocolate bar a day. How many chocolate bars would the winner receive in 2 years? Extension: how many in a decade (10 years), 20 years?

Imagine you are off for a day trip to visit the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. Plan a budget for your trip. Consider how much you will spend on train tickets, entry to museum–will you budget for food and money to spend in the gift shop too?

In The BFG, the giant is 24 foot in height. This is approximately 732cm. What is this in metres? Extension: Can you record this in millimetres?

Imagine THE BFG is lying down in your garden/somewhere outside. Can you mark this height as a length in your garden? You could possibly even draw his outline with chalk or mark it out with sticks and leaves!