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[7th December 2016]

Pupils invent new Wonka-inspired sweets to win Roald Dahl centenary competition
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Two primary school pupils have invented their own Wonka-inspired sweets to win a national competition marking the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth.

Alfie Richards, 8, from Irthlingborough in Northants, and Raiya Mann, 7, from London scooped the top prizes in Discovery Education’s Sweet Inventions Competition, which encouraged children to step into the shoes of the fictional chocolatier and win the chance to see their designs displayed at the Roald Dahl Museum.

Alfie impressed judges with ‘Magi-Choc’, a colour-changing, shape-shifting chocolate bar designed to trick teachers and parents. Alfie, who attends Irthlingborough Junior School in Wellingborough, took first prize in the KS2 category.

Raiya, a pupil at Glendower Prep School, in London, was crowned KS1 winner for her ‘Marvellous Morphing Melties’, incredible fizzy sweets that make children shrink and grow!

As part of their prize, Raiya and Alfie have been invited to Discovery HQ in London to see their artwork turned into professionally designed posters. The talented winners will see their designs featured in a special exhibition at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden Buckinghamshire next year. They will also receive a set of 15 Roald Dahl books for themselves and their school.

Natalie Wallace, Learning Manager at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre said:

The judges were really impressed with Raiya and Alfie’s entries, which reflected many of the themes in Roald Dahl’s books and showed real creativity.

Lewis Bronze MBE, Founder and Director of Content at Discovery Education said:

We were delighted with the number of competition entries and amazed by the imagination and creativity on display. It’s clear that Roald Dahl continues to inspire our children, and the judges had great fun immersing themselves in the world of one of his best-loved characters.

Over 2600 pupils took part in the Sweet Inventions Competition, which was launched in September alongside new resources in Discovery Education Espresso’s award-winning digital learning service. Created in partnership with the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Buckinghamshire, the new multi-media content brings Dahl’s work to life for a new generation of learners.

The Roald Dahl module is available now to schools with a Discovery Education Espresso subscription. With content closely aligned to the National Curriculum, the module supports the teaching and learning of Key Stage 2 English Objectives. Schools interested in a free trial of the Discovery Education Espresso service can request one here:

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