As part of Year 1’s topics of the ‘The Seaside’ and ‘Our Local Area’, we had a special trip to Souter Lighthouse. We started by exploring the rockpools near the lighthouse, to see which creatures lived there. We found lots of limpets and whelks. One group managed to find an eel pout, whilst another found a small crab.

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We then spent some time creating pictures using the stones, similar to the ones from the ‘The Stone Boy and the Girl’ story we had read in class. There were lots of creative ideas.

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After lunch it was time to look around the lighthouse. The children have been reading the story ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ in their Literacy lessons, so were keen to find out what it is like to live in a lighthouse.  They discovered how the lens of the light bulb magnifies the light and that Souter was the first electric lighthouse in the world.

We were able to look around the lighthouse’s cottages and see what it was like to live there in Victorian times. Then we climbed the 72 steps to the very top of the lighthouse, where we could see magnificent views up and down the coast.

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