THE lights were turned off for the day at a Worcester school to help celebrate Earth Hour.

Children from Our Lady Queen of Peace catholic primary school opted to have no power for a day after deciding that an hour of no electricity would not have enough impact.

They were taking part in the World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour when the world comes together to switch off the lights and celebrate the planet.

At the St John's school, lights and non-essential appliances were switched off and no laptops, interactive whiteboards, photocopiers, iPads or cameras were allowed.

The children read in the library by sunlight and did paper and drama based ICT and Computing lessons with every class doing a lesson related to energy.

There were quizzes, research projects, poetry lessons and numeracy lessons all linked to energy – where we get it from, what we use it for, why is it important and the affect that using it has on the environment.

Year 2 also linked the event back to their autumn term project where they adopted an endangered animal after looking at the extinction of dinosaurs.

The children also compared energy data collected and discovered that the school had used less than a third of the normal amount of energy.

The school's Eco-committee gave an assembly to the whole school outlining their findings.

Jakub Wasilewski, aged 11, said: “It was much harder than I thought it was going to be especially first thing in the morning as it was dark but it was really good because you had to think about everything you were doing.”

Andrew Beacham, aged 9, said “It was a great day, we learnt all about endangered species and what is threatening them: it’s important we try to do everything we can to help them.

"I hope people think about that when they turn on their lights.”

Earth Hour took place on Saturday, March 29.