Golden ticket for a day of pure fun

Cotsford Junior School staff don Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory fancy dress during the event
Cotsford Junior School staff don Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory fancy dress during the event

Pupils used their “pure imagination” in a literary-inspired event.

Staff at Cotsford Junior School, in Third Street, Horden, dressed up as characters from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as a surprise for the schoolchildren, to celebrate Roald Dahl Day, held earlier this month.

The pupils completed fun work all day, based on the famous chocolate factory owner, including Young Enterprise, involving calculating the correct amount of ingredients for different juices, then pitching these to a judging panel.

The children also took part in extended writing, describing the journey down the chocolate river, Willie Wonka-themed art sessions and they even got to make their own weird and wonderful chocolate bars in a cookery session.

On the afternoon, the children and staff tuned into Puffinvirtuallylive.co.uk and were part of a live ‘beam-back’ from the Royal London Theatre, where author Michael Rosen answered questions about Roald Dahl.

They also took part in a live ‘draw-along’ with Roald Dahl illustrator Sir Quentin Blake and copied him as he guided them through drawing Willy Wonka.

At the end of the day, they sang Pure Imagination with other children around the world, accompanied by actors who play Charlie and Willie Wonka in the stage version.

Deputy headteacher Rachel Manley said: “It was an all round brilliant day and the children produced some excellent work.

“At Cotsford we believe that children benefit hugely and learn best when they are engaged and excited and we take any chance to encourage them to read for pleasure.”