Lowestoft schoolchildren Tweet poems to astronaut Tim Peake

Woods Loke Primary School children sing songs and read poems related to a project about Space. Mia H

Woods Loke Primary School children sing songs and read poems related to a project about Space. Mia Hadingham, Honey Lee and Delci LeightonPHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Schoolchildren inspired by British astronaut Tim Peake have been tweeting poems about his work directly to their hero - in the hope they can motivate him during his space mission.

Woods Loke Primary School children sing songs and read poems related to a project about Space.PHOTO:

Woods Loke Primary School children sing songs and read poems related to a project about Space.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Pupils at Lowestoft's Woods Loke Primary School put pen to paper after an assembly in which headteacher Mark Prentice talked about the importance of having a role model.

Mr Prentice had dressed up in a 1970s-style pale blue suit and platform heels to show how musician David Bowie, who had died a week or so before, had been a great inspiration to him.

And the headteacher had encouraged youngsters across the school to look up to the stars for their inspiration as Major Tim Peake - also a Bowie fan - had embarked on his European Space Agency mission.

The youngsters spent the next couple of weeks writing verses about Major Peake for their homework, with some reading out their creations at an assembly on Monday (February 8).

Woods Loke Primary School children sing songs and read poems related to a project about Space.PHOTO:

Woods Loke Primary School children sing songs and read poems related to a project about Space.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Catherine Taylor, the school's information communication technology (ICT) leader, along with the year-six digital leaders, have spent the week recording the children's work - which include Haiku and Kenning style poems, as well as more traditional verse - to send into space.

They have also been recording a whole school song based on David Bowie's hit Space Oddity.

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Nine-year-old Ellie Graham said: 'It inspires me how he is the first Englishman to go into space.'

And eight-year-old Ewan Curtis said: 'I've enjoyed learning how space works and I've learned a lot I didn't know before.'

Woods Loke Primary School children sing songs and read poems related to a project about Space.Ewan C

Woods Loke Primary School children sing songs and read poems related to a project about Space.Ewan Curtis with his poem.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Mr Prentice said the young people had been inspired to write poetry in their spare time at home or during lunchtime.

He added: 'It's giving them high aspirations of what they can achieve and aim for. They have been fascinated by the space topic.

'The children are learning to practice forms of poetry and literacy.

'It's been marvellous - I've been getting lots of comments from parents in the shops.'

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