George’s Marvellous Medicine lesson plans

Get your class to create recipes for their own perilous potions in these marvellous YPO lesson plans which include PSHE and Literacy Objectives on the power of words, exciting writing and mixed feelings.

George's Marvellous Medicine was published in 1981. In the story, George's "grizzly old grunion" of a Grandma gets her comeuppance when her grandson feeds her a very specially concoted medicinal brew...

These lesson plans will encourage students to create recipes for their own perfectly potent potions (making sure they're safer than George's...) and look at why Grandma is such a miserable old grouch.

Explore marvellous themes including:

  • The power of words
  • Mixed feelings
  • Excited writing 

These read-along resources include extracts, Literacy and PSHE learning objectives, lesson plans and fun activity sheets! 


Students can also learn about using alliteration and adverbs effectively, how Roald Dahl uses language to generate excitement, create their own story with a magical object and have some fun with some super science from the upcoming George’s Marvellous Experiments book.

Download the lesson plan using the panel on the right, and take a look at our other educational resources and ways to have fun with your class, from Dahlicious Dress Up Day to Puffin Virtually Live.

You can also plan a trip to the Roald Dahl Museum for your class - find out more here.