Interesting facts about Roald Dahl (Poems for KS1 and KS2)

This page, “Interesting facts about Roald Dahl (Poems for KS1 and KS2)” has actually been written by
my poetry-writing AI with a little help from myself. Roald Dahl is a wonderful author and I’ve enjoyed both his children’s books and his tales for adults.

I picked out the facts I wanted to use and then the AI did the rest.

I hope that you find this a useful resource.  If your children, or you – write your own poems in response to this, please share it in the comments.  I would love to read them.

Roald Dahl – Born in Wales

Dahl was born in Wales,
but his parents were Norwegian.
He loved the stories of trolls
and mystical creatures from his homeland.

He grew up to write his own stories,
filled with fantastical creatures of his own.
His books are now beloved by children all over the world,
and he is known as one of the greatest children’s authors of all time.

Roald Dahl’s Amazing Mind

I want to write about Roald Dahl

The man with the amazing mind

He wrote wondrous stories

That made me think and smile

He was a master of his craft

And his books are treasures

I’m grateful for the time he spent

In this world, and in mine.

Everyone loves Roald Dahl

Everyone loves Roald Dahl,
the wonderful wizard of words.
His stories are delightful,
full of fun and surprises.
He has a magic touch,
transforming the everyday into something special.
Thank you, Roald Dahl,
for making childhood so much fun.

A Giant of a Man

A giant of a man, with a giant’s heart
His works inspired children and adults, equally
Making them laugh, and sometimes making them cry
He was a storyteller, whose words would never die
A master of his craft, who will always be remembered
For the joy he brought to so many, throughout his life.

If he could see

What a wonderful world it would be,

If only Roald Dahl were here to see.
He brought us stories that we all love,
And now we all miss him from above.
He was so sweet and kind,
And his stories will always be in our minds.
His writings were truly magical,
And we all feel very lucky that he was so prolific.

Once upon a time

Once upon a time,
there was a very famous author
whose name was Roald Dahl.
He wrote some amazing stories
that made everyone happy.
His books were filled with magic
and adventure, and everyone loved them.
He will always be remembered
for his wonderful writing.

Making the dark light

There was a man named Dahl,
whose books were really quite good.
The stories he would tell,
were something that you should not miss.
He had a way with words,
that made you want to read more.
His tales were full of magic,
and sometimes quite a bit of gore.
But no matter what the story,
you knew it would be a treat.
For Roald Dahl was the master,
of making the dark light.

Born in Llandaff

In 1916, in Llandaff, Wales
a son was born to Harald and Sofie Dahl
Roald would go on to become a famous children’s author
He wrote about witches and giants and chocolate factories
He was a master of the twist ending, which delighted kids and adults alike
He was also a World War II fighter pilot
What a guy!

The Cathedral School in Llandaff.

For a little boy, it seemed so huge,
The Cathedral School in Llandaff.
But Roald Dahl found his feet and his voice,
And all that he learned there was worthwhile.
He formed lasting friendships,
Learned about loyalty and respect;
What a foundation for life this was!

The Mouse and the Gobstoppers

The four boys were caught
Putting a mouse in the gobstoppers jar
The punishment was severe
Caning from the headmaster
It was a painful experience
But they all laughed about it later
Because Roald Dahl wrote about it.

Roald Dahl – fighter pilot

Roald Dahl was a fighter pilot
In World War II
He downed many planes
With his quick wit and skill
But one day his luck ran out
And his plane was hit
He bailed out just in time
But suffered a terrible injury
Which left him blind for a while.

Roald Dahl wrote in a Shed

In a shed at the bottom of the garden,
Roald Dahl wrote some of the best stories ever told.
He sat in his chair, with a pencil in his hand,
Inspired by the world around him, day and night.

The shed was his refuge from the outside world,
A place where he could escape to his own little world.
Inside, there were no limits to what he could do,
He could be whoever he wanted to be.

There were no rules in that little shed,
No one to tell him what was right or wrong.
He was free to create as he pleased,
And the results were magical.

Roadl Dahl made up over 250 new words

He was one of a kind,
Achievements to his name,
A writer of children’s books,
But with a vocabulary bold and new.

He gave words to the unheard,
The undiscovered and unnamed,
A master of language,
Who showed us all there’s more to say.

His words were playful and bright,
Filled with mischief and joy,
And we all owe him a debt of gratitude,
For making our world just a little bit brighter.

Roald Dahl Day!

It’s Roald Dahl Day!
We’re all so excited
It’s time to have some fun
For today we’ll read some stories
And maybe do some baking too!

There’s so much to enjoy
When it’s Roald Dahl Day
The author is such a genius
We all love his work, don’t we?

So let’s get started today
With some delightful fun
In honour of Roald Dahl
Who wrote some amazing stories.

Roald Dahl Day – 13th September

 

Roald Dahl was one of my favourite authors
I always loved his stories, they were so clever
He had a way of making the dark seem fun
And I think he was the best that ever happened to children’s lit
This day is held every year on September 13th
To honour the life and work of this amazing man
Who gave us tales of heroes, villains and chocolate factories
Thank you, Roald Dahl, for all the joy you’ve brought us.

Roald Dahl was named after the legendary Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen.

There once was a boy named Roald,
who was named after a great explorer.
He loved to read and write,
and he dreamed of faraway places.
He was a bit of a rebel,
but he had a kind heart.
He was one of the most famous writers of his time,
and his books are still cherished today.

Roald Dahl Books

There is magic in the pages of Roald Dahl books,
Secrets and tales to be read again and again.
The Child inside of us all, will come alive
With the stories of the BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,
And Matilda.
These stories are timeless, and we’ll never get enough
Of the World According to Roald Dahl.

12 Best Websites with Free Reading Comprehension Worksheets for KS2

I am often looking for Free Reading Comprehension Worksheets for KS2 so I have decided to compile a list here, which I hope will be useful for all of us.

TES – Free Reading Comprehension Worksheets for KS2

Comprehension Worksheet: Star Wars A Rogue One Story KS2

https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/comprehension-worksheet-star-wars-a-rogue-one-story-ks2-11543465

Free KS2 Inference and comprehension worksheet with answers

https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/free-ks2-inference-and-comprehension-worksheet-12305112

KS2 English Skills Revision Series Two Sample Pages

https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/ks2-english-skills-revision-series-two-sample-pages-1186093

Low ks3/High ability ks2 poetry worksheets

– and a free writing unit

The Might of Hercules – KS2 Writing Unit (14 sessions)

Hercules

Blackbrook School

Reading Activities

Reading comprehension for upper KS2

Ranelagh Primary School

Reading comprehension worksheets for Years 3 and 4

Picture Processor    Year 5 and Year 6 activities

Here is an interesting set of activities to help children practise finding examples of: nouns, adjectives, verbs, pronouns and noun phrases, prepositions, adverbs, fronted adverbials, conjunctions and determiners.

You could easily change the pictures to quickly make more sheets.

Child and reading book

Parkfields School

https://www.parkfieldsschool.co.uk/self_study/year_6/english/english.html

Lots of English activities here – including reading comprehensions

https://www.parkfieldsschool.co.uk/self_study/year_5/english/english.html

Adult and Laptop

Easy Teaching

Year 3

https://easyteaching.net/literacy-resources/comprehension-resources/reading-comprehension-worksheets/year-3-comprehension-worksheets/

Year 4

https://easyteaching.net/literacy-resources/comprehension-resources/reading-comprehension-worksheets/year-4-comprehension-worksheets/

Year 5

Year 5 Comprehension Worksheets

St Michaels

Scroll down for a whole variety of reading comprehension sheets

https://www.howebridgestmichaels.co.uk/year-4-1/

https://www.howebridgestmichaels.co.uk/year-5-1/

https://www.howebridgestmichaels.co.uk/year-6-1/

Picture books

St Cuthberts

Animal-related reading comprehensions

https://www.stcuthbertscofeprimary.co.uk/comprehensions/

Coley Primary

Year 4

https://www.coleyprimary.reading.sch.uk/reading-2021/

Year 5

https://www.coleyprimary.reading.sch.uk/english-3/

Year 6

https://www.coleyprimary.reading.sch.uk/reading-comprehension-1/

Greenmeadow Primary School

Year 1 – Year 6

https://www.greenmeadow-pri.swindon.sch.uk/year-1-reading-comprehension

https://www.greenmeadow-pri.swindon.sch.uk/year-2-reading-comprehension

https://www.greenmeadow-pri.swindon.sch.uk/year-3-reading-comprehension

https://www.greenmeadow-pri.swindon.sch.uk/year-4-reading-comprehension

https://www.greenmeadow-pri.swindon.sch.uk/year-5-reading-comprehension

https://www.greenmeadow-pri.swindon.sch.uk/year-6-reading-comprehension

Teen and books

Summerfield Primary School

https://www.sumfield.bham.sch.uk/reading-comprehension/

Cherry Tree Primary School

https://www.cherrytree-pri.essex.sch.uk/reading-comprehension/

Bonus – great list of 100 books

to read divided into EYFS, KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2
https://www.cherrytree-pri.essex.sch.uk/100-books-for-your-child-to-read-whilst-at-cherry-/

KS2 Adverbs Wordsearch

KS2 Adverbs Wordsearch

Here we have a KS2 adverbs wordsearch.

Children could use this for fun and then use some of the words they find here in their writing.

[Tweet “Each time the page is refreshed or a new size of grid is chosen, the wordsearch will be recreated from a bank of adverbs.”]

 

How To Play
  • Choose the size of the grid that you want to play.  The larger the grid the longer the words are that can be included and more words are likely to be included.
  • Look for the words. All the words can be read left to right and top to bottom.
  • Click or touch the first letter of the word and the last letter of the word.
  • The words will then be highlighted in different colours.
  • Find all the words and you will win the game.
BTW - if you have words in the grid that you were not expecting - click on the page title to refresh.  If you just have https://tutor-your-child.com showing then the words will be drawn from all of the wordsearches on the website.
Select Level:
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Also, see the link below for more about adverbs, including examples, lists, powerpoints and videos.

Adverbs KS2 – Describing a verb

 

Adverb KS2 meaning
Adverb KS2 meaning

Its It’s – which to use?

Its It’s – which to use?

Lots of people get mixed up between its and it’s even though it is quite straightforward.

It’s with an apostrophe is short for “it is” or “it has”. It is known as a contraction.

Its without an apostrophe means something belonging to it. It is known as a possessive pronoun.

 

It is a nice day, can be written as: It’s a nice day.

The dog is playing with its ball does not have an apostrophe because the ball belongs to the dog. It stands for the dog.

 

 

Let me give you some examples.

Here are some examples of it’s with an apostrophe.

It’s always sunny.

It’s my life.

It’s all my fault.

It’s just rock and roll

It’s easy being green.

It’s none of your business.

It’s a dog’s life.

It’s my friend’s birthday today.

If it’s to be it’s up to me.

It’s not the money that counts, it’s the thought.

It’s your body, take care of it.

It’s ok to tell other people.

 

You will have noticed that it’s often comes at the beginning of a sentence but that is not always the case.

When there are clouds in the sky, it’s more likely to rain.

I wonder why it’s not easier to understand these questions.

 

Here are some examples of its without an apostrophe.

The football team is very successful because its players all train hard.

The city park is beautiful and its lawns are cut regularly.

Paris is well known for its many beautiful buildings.

The school has cleaned all its windows.

The moat around a castle used to help stop its enemies getting into it.

The aeroplane was starting its engine.

London is the capital of England and it is well known for its red buses.

The elephant was waving its trunk.

China is proud of its Great Wall.

 

Now you have a go with these:

Decide whether to use its or it’s.  You can scroll down after for the answers.

1.   America elects _____ presidents every four years.

2.   The wizard’s cat licked _____ lips.

3.   Mum said that _____ a long time before we can go on holiday again.

4.   Where are all the parking spaces? _____ been half an hour since we started looking for one!

5.   The tree looks bare now that all _____ leaves have fallen off.

6.   The giant panda is a carnivore but _____ diet is actually 90% bamboo.

7.   The ouroboros is an Egyptian symbol which has a serpent or snake swallowing _____ own tail.

8.   _____ a Wonderful Sponge is the new Spongebob Movie.

9.   That house is lucky _____ roof didn’t blow off.

10.  _____ interesting to see how different animal live.

11.   Did you know _____ not too hard to make fat balls for birds?

12.   _____ nice that you go and help out your auntie.

13.   The new play began _____ tour of Great Britain.

14.   The laptop needed _____ keyboard cleaning.

15.   _____ the small things in life that matter.

Scroll down for your answers

It's a lovely day to go to the beach.

 

Answers

1.   America elects its presidents every four years.

2.   The wizard’s cat licked its lips.

3.   Mum said that it’s a long time before we can go on holiday again.

4.   Where are all the parking spaces? It’s been half an hour since we started looking for one!

5.   The tree looks bare now that all its leaves have fallen off.

6.   The giant panda is a carnivore but its diet is actually 90% bamboo.

7.   The ouroboros is an Egyptian symbol which has a serpent or snake swallowing its own tail.

8.   It’s a Wonderful Sponge is the new Spongebob Movie.

9.   That house is lucky its roof didn’t blow off.

10.   It’s interesting to see how different animal live.

11.   Did you know it’s not too hard to make fat balls for birds?

12.   It’s nice that you go and help out your auntie.

13.   The new play began its tour of Great Britain.

14.   The laptop needed its keyboard cleaning.

15.   It’s the small things in life that matter.