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George's Marvellous Medicine

By Mark Warner
Age Range: 5 to 11

Roald Dahl

Book Description:

George's grandma is a grizzly, grumpy, selfish old woman with pale brown teeth and a small puckered-up mouth like a dog's bottom. Four times a day she takes a large spoonful of thick brown medicine, but it doesn't seem to do her any good. She's always just as horrid after she's taken it as she was before. So when George is left alone to look after her one morning, it's just the chance he needs...

George's Marvellous Medicine

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Teaching Ideas and Resources:

Literacy Ideas

  • Write a character profile for George and his grandma.
  • Write a biography for George's grandma... What happened to her during her life? Why did she become so grumpy?
  • Make a poster to advertise George's new medicine to farmers.
  • Ask children to think of more examples of alliteration (Marvellous Medicine, Grumpy Grandma...). Can they make up a title for a new book which includes alliteration?
  • Make a shape poem inside a picture of a medicine bottle (see Resources below).
  • Think of vocabulary to describe the medicine.
  • Could you turn the story into a play and perform it? Use this video for inspiration:
  • Write a set of instructions to teach someone how to make their own marvellous medicine (see Resources below).
  • Listen to the audiobook version of the story.
  • Retell the story using expression and thinking about the performance. Watch this Youtube video for some inspiration:

  • Find more Literacy ideas linked to this book here.
Maths Ideas
  • Look at the capacity of different containers... Which size container might George need to make a new medicine? What capacity would the container need to be to make medicine for all of his dad's farm animals?
Science Ideas
  • Look at different types of materials... Which ones would dissolve in George's medicine? Which ones would melt? Which ones would float / sink?
  • Think about medicines that the children are familiar with. What do they do to our bodies? How can we use them safely?
  • Investigate pharmaceutical companies... what do they do? What rules do they have to follow?

Computing Ideas

  • Design a label for the bottle of George's Marvellous medicine. What information would it need to include?

Art Ideas

  • Create a storyboard which retells the main events of the story.
  • Draw an animal who has just been given a new mixture of George's marvellous medicine.
Geography Ideas
  • Make a plan of George's house and his dad's farm, showing all the places that appear in the story and the rooms that he visited to collect ingredients.
History Ideas
  • Make a timeline showing the events in the story.

PSHE Ideas

  • Think about the feelings of each character (George, his mum, his dad, his grandma, the animals) as the story progresses and what they think by the end.


How to make Marvellous Medicine
How to make Marvellous Medicine

George's Marvellous Medicine Wordsearch
George's Marvellous Medicine Wordsearch

Medicine Bottle Template
Medicine Bottle Template

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