Emsworth pupils’ delight at joining Roald Dahl dress-up day

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  • Pupils and teachers transformed into their favourite Roald Dahl characters
  • It was all part of the national Dahlicious Dress Up Day
  • The event is helping to raise the profile of the Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity
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TWITS, witches and giant peaches descended upon a school in Emsworth which was celebrating one of the globe’s most beloved authors.

Children and staff from St James’ CE Primary School, had a phizz-whizzing time yesterday when they dressed up as their favourite Roald Dahl characters.

From left, Freddy Irish, Junior Churchill, Joe Colins, Thomas Vosper, Todd Jones and Oscar Robinson at St James' CE Primary School in Emsworth ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151529-036)

From left, Freddy Irish, Junior Churchill, Joe Colins, Thomas Vosper, Todd Jones and Oscar Robinson at St James' CE Primary School in Emsworth ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151529-036)

It was all part of the national Dahlicious Dress Up Day which sees pupils up and down the nation transforming into their favourite literary icons.

This year was the first time St James’ had joined the action.

Head teacher Erika Biddlescombe – who was dressed up as ‘Queen Bee’ – said: ‘It’s been exciting from the minute the first pupil walked on the playground.

‘It’s a little bit like Christmas Day – you don’t know what the next present is going to be, or what the next child will dress up as.’

She added: ‘The day has been electric. The children are enamoured and want to read. Days like this bring education to life for the children and for the staff.’

Year-six Tony Buttler, 11, ditched his uniform to transform into a wicked witch – which certainly attracted some raised eyebrows from his classmates.

He said: ‘It’s been great fun. I love the witches because they’re so evil.’

He added: ‘It was really funny walking into school dressed like this.’

Younger pupils, like Joe Lyons, seven, and Thomas Vosper, six, had a helping hand from their parents in creating their outfits.

Year 2 Thomas – who was dressed as a chocolate bar from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – said it took his dad a couple of days to make the costume.

‘My daddy was still fixing it this morning,’ he added.

Children took part in a range of lessons – all with a Roald Dahl theme.

Pupils did everything from researching facts about the author to making up revolting potions and taking part in Roald Dahl-inspired role plays.

Abby Walsh, head of English, said the day was a perfect opportunity to enthuse the children with a passion for reading.

Mrs Walsh added: ‘The whole day has been really buzzing. We’re trying to liven up our English curriculum and make it really hands-on, fun and purposeful.’

The event aims to raise cash for Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.

The organisation helps seriously ill youngsters or those with disabilities.