Plaistow and Kirdford children observe solar eclipse

Plaistow and Kirdford Primary School pupils get ready for the solar eclipse
Plaistow and Kirdford Primary School pupils get ready for the solar eclipse

IT may have cloudy but that didn’t deter children from Plaistow and Kirdford Primary School making their way outside to try and catch a glimpse of this morning’s solar eclipse.

Although heavy cloud obscured much of the view, pupils still made it an enjoyable and educational experience.

Plaistow and Kirdford Primary School pupils get ready for the solar eclipse

Plaistow and Kirdford Primary School pupils get ready for the solar eclipse

Year 6 pupils Holly James and Poppy Vines wrote their account of the eclipse: “Plaistow and Kirdford Primary School were ready to see the eclipse today.

“Unfortunately it was a cloudy day but, we saw some changes.

“The whole school and some parents all went out to the playground with their pinhole projectors so we could observe safely.

“Year 6 went outside at 9.10am to see if they could see anything different. They were measuring the temperature to see if it changed as the eclipse increased.

Projectors made by Plaistow and Kirdford Primary School students

Projectors made by Plaistow and Kirdford Primary School students

“The temperature when they went outside was 2-3 degrees.

“They were also listening for the birds. At first, the birds were a little bit chirpy but as the eclipse increased they sensed something was unusual. They settled down in one particular tree and their reaction was as if it was night time. At about 9.28 the eclipse was at its highest peak. “The temperature was 1 degree and the birds had settled down even more. We stood there a few minutes longer and the temperature seemed to go up. The eclipse was slowly decreasing and the birds started talking again. The temperature rose to 5 degrees.

“Although we could not see the eclipse, it was still a great experience!”

Headteacher, Mr Charlie King, added: “This morning’s eclipse has been the culmination of a fantastic week of learning at Plaistow and Kirdford Primary School.

Plaistow and Kirdford Primary School pupils get ready for the solar eclipse

Plaistow and Kirdford Primary School pupils get ready for the solar eclipse

“The eclipse meant children have been engaged in real life science, investigating, building and observing together – it’s not every week we all get a chance to share in something so exciting!”