Twisted Fairy Tales was the theme for this year’s range of World Book Day activities at Atlantic Academy Primary.

Children dressed up as a variety of their favourite characters from books, fairy tales or otherwise, ranging from Oliver Twist to Goldilocks and Alice in Wonderland.

Fairy tales are an integral part of the curriculum at the Portland school.

Students then spent the day taking part in activities centred around fairy tales from producing videos where they explain why they love a particular fairy tale to reading sessions and interactive activities and the day finished with an all-school fairy tale themed bingo session.

A fairy tale stone hunt took place on the beach nearby and was organised for the key worker and vulnerable children attending school.

Melissa Heppell, Principal of Atlantic Primary, has also ensured fairy tales are sewn into the curriculum throughout the academic year in PHSE lessons or reading sessions at the all-through school for children aged four to 16.

Explaining the moral importance of old-fashioned fairy tales, she said: ''I noticed a few years ago that many of our young students were starting school without having been exposed to old-fashioned fairy tales.

"They could tell you about The Lion King or Frozen but couldn’t name any old-fashioned fairy tales such as Rapunzel or The Three Little Pigs.

"The life lessons and morals that children are taught through traditional fairy tales simply don't exist in modern children's books. I also believe the traditional fairy tales provide a useful insight into style of English language that is not replicated in modern books and it's important for children to be exposed to those old-fashioned turns of phrase and words. It gives them a useful insight into how the English language has evolved.''