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Bradford Stories Roald Dahl challenge: James and the Giant Peach

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The second Bradford Stories Roald Dahl challenge has arrived, and it’s time for you to take a ride in your very own Giant Peach! Take part in the challenge to be in with a chance of winning some of his most famous books.

The challenge

For this challenge, we’re asking children to venture into the outdoors (or this could be done in your garden if you have one) and look for three different insects. Imagine that these critters can grow to the same size as you and will become your travel buddies for your very own giant peach.

We want you to write a newspaper report about the journey in your giant peach. Where will your peach travel and where will it land (it could land somewhere in Bradford for all to see or maybe somewhere far, far away)? You could even interview the minibeasts for the newspaper report, and describe any of their special skills – in the book, the glow worm uses his tail as a light.

The competition is open to Bradford primary school children aged 5 - 11. You have until Friday 26 June at 12pm (noon) to send us a photo of your newspaper report to be in with a chance of winning a bundle of Roald Dahl books. Submissions should be sent to and please include your name, age, and the name of your school.

Photos of entries may be posted on the Bradford Stories Facebook page.

Top tips

  • BBC Bitesize has some handy tips on how to write a newspaper article
  • This James and the Giant Peach resource from Puffin includes extracts from the book, minibeast fact files, and bonus activities!
  • Listen to the opening of James and the Giant Peach on Soundcloud for free
  • Download and print or copy our newspaper template

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