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Creative children at Lowestoft primary school pen great poems and songs

PUBLISHED: 17:30 31 January 2016

A mixture of pupils in years three and four at Woods Loke Primary School standing at the front of the assembly with images and a bill about the project. Pictures: MICK HOWES

A mixture of pupils in years three and four at Woods Loke Primary School standing at the front of the assembly with images and a bill about the project. Pictures: MICK HOWES

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Enthusiastic pupils at a Lowestoft primary school are continuing to work on an inspirational challenge.

Katie Hitter, from year six, performs at Woods Loke Primary School. Pictures: MICK HOWESKatie Hitter, from year six, performs at Woods Loke Primary School. Pictures: MICK HOWES

About 500 children from reception classes right up to Year 6 at Woods Loke Primary School have been working on ideas for a poem or song, based around space and heroes, which could potentially be sent via Twitter to astronaut Major Tim Peake.

Headteacher Mark Prentice, who dressed as his hero – music legend David Bowie – for a second successive week said: “Some of you can play instruments and perform songs, so focus on the words of Space Oddity – think about inspiration.

“Major Tim Peake is 250-miles up in the sky looking down on earth, he is the first British man to walk in space, he has made history, you can use this as a frame to make your own poem or song.

“And on Monday, February 8, we will have a special celebration assembly.”

Mr Prentice with his Bowie vinyl album at Woods Loke Primary School.  Pictures: MICK HOWESMr Prentice with his Bowie vinyl album at Woods Loke Primary School. Pictures: MICK HOWES

To highlight what can be achieved, year-three pupils Layla Swan, Honey Lee and Shannon Hunter created the poem ‘In Space’, with two of the girls reading this poem out in assembly and receiving a round of applause and praise from Mr Prentice for a “brilliant” poem that “would be very apt for Major Tim.”

Keen singer songwriter, Katie Hitter – a year-six pupil – then performed two of her songs. Children and staff listened intently as Katie played the guitar and sang two songs she has written, entitled Hey, Hey, Hey and Be Brave.

After a well-deserved round of applause for the two fine renditions, Mr Prentice said: “These are absolutely superb. The song, Be Brave, fits absolutely perfectly.

“Its about being yourself, being an individual, being brave. David Bowie was an individual and he did his own things, Major Tim is up in space, he is brave.”

Honey Lee and Layla Swan, from year three, with their poem In Space they created with friend Shannon Hunter at Woods Loke Primary School.  Pictures: MICK HOWESHoney Lee and Layla Swan, from year three, with their poem In Space they created with friend Shannon Hunter at Woods Loke Primary School. Pictures: MICK HOWES

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