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Staff from St George's School, Marton, celebrating World Book Day

Staff from St George's School, Marton, celebrating World Book Day

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Pirates teaching PE, Moses leading a maths class and Phileas Fogg in French - schoolchildren took classes with classic book characters to celebrate World Book Day.

Schools across the Fylde coast celebrated the literary day yesterday by dressing as their favourite book characters, and many teachers joined them too.

Staff from South Shore Academy celebrating World Book Day

Staff from South Shore Academy celebrating World Book Day

At St George’s School, Marton, each department donned fancy dress based on a different book, including the Great Gatsby and Harry Potter.

An award winning author, Stuart Hill, the man behind the Ice Mark Chronicles, ran writing workshops with pupils at St Mary’s Catholic Academy yesterday.

Jenna Lavis, head of English, said: “We’re trying to raise the profile of reading for enjoyment as well as for improving literacy. We want to spark that interest for them.

“We’ve had children queueing up to get books. When there’s so much technology around, it’s important we keep their imaginations sparked and that creativity going.”

St Mary's Catholic Academy, Blackpool, pupils celebrate World Book Day by dressing up as their favourite characters. Staff and pupils as Alice In Wonderland

St Mary's Catholic Academy, Blackpool, pupils celebrate World Book Day by dressing up as their favourite characters. Staff and pupils as Alice In Wonderland

Pupils from Year Seven to Sixth Form at the school, on St Walburgas Road, have enjoyed literacy activities all week; quizzes, writing competitions and book giveaways, while a group of youngsters visited Deepdale Stadium, Preston, for the official North West World Book Day event yesterday too.

Students and staff alike came up with imaginative characters to dress up as at South Shore Academy, including Medusa, from Greek mythology, who won the prize for best dressed.

Other activites at the academy on St Annes Road included having celebrities read stories to pupils via the World Book Day website, and in classes pupils came up with their own 100 word stories based on a fairytale.

At Park Community Academy pupils let English inspire their science classes too, carrying out experiments based on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s story, George’s Marvellous Medicine.