SLIDESHOW - Stories brought to life in the classroom

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Superheroes, monsters and fairy tale characters were brought to life in classrooms as hundreds of youngsters dressed up to celebrate a love of reading.

Schoolchildren across the district swapped uniforms for their favourite book heroes’ outfits as part of World Book Day.

Newspaper: Pontefract & Castleford Express.'Story: Staff at De Lacy Academy in Knottingley dress up for World Book Day.'Photo Date: 05/03/15

Newspaper: Pontefract & Castleford Express.'Story: Staff at De Lacy Academy in Knottingley dress up for World Book Day.'Photo Date: 05/03/15

Youngsters celebrated in style at De Lacy Primary School in Pontefract with an Alice In Wonderland theme last Thursday.

Pupils dressed up as characters from Lewis Carroll’s novel and the school organised a Mad Hatter’s tea party for pupils at lunchtime. Children also took part in a number of art and writing activities throughout the day.

Headteacher Duncan Thompson said: “We try and pick a different theme each year and we try to base it on classic texts to get children interested in older stories, rather than just modern books.

“It’s nice to see the children dressing up and getting excited about doing different activities and they really enjoyed the day.”

Youngsters at Three Lane Ends Primary School in Castleford dressed up as Where’s Wally, teddy bears and pirates to celebrate the day.

Author Conrad Burdekin also visited the school last Monday and held creative writing and reading workshops.

Deputy headteacher Lynda Ellis-Charlesworth said: “Conrad Burdekin helped inspire the children’s reading and writing and we were really proud that all the children and staff made an massive effort with their favourite outfits for World Book Day.”

Creative pupils at St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School in Featherstone dressed up as a number of different book characters as part of the day.

Rob Clarke, the school’s head of expressive arts, said: “It was an exciting day for staff and pupils and a chance to get involved in something different.

“Some pupils went over and above to get dressed up and it was a vibrant and bubbly atmosphere on the day.”

Teachers at De Lacy Academy in Knottingley also joined children in dressing up for the event.