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Bernards Heath Junior School

'Knowing Every Child'

Non-fiction Writing Task

Lesson 1

Facts about Lighthouses


Lighthouses have been used for over two thousand years to warn sailors of the dangers of rocks as they approach the coast.

Look at these websites to find out a bit about lighthouses and how they work.

Make a list of some facts that you learn.


The pictures here show what it is like in a lighthouse.



Watch one of these short films about Grace Darling, a young woman who lived with her parents on a lighthouse and became famous when she saved some sailors a on stormy night.



Write a paragraph about what it might be like to live in a lighthouse 50 or 100 years ago.  Describe the curved thick walls and small windows. Think about the daily climb to the top to check the light. Not all lighthouses were on islands, some were high on cliffs on the mainland, but it would still have been a lonely job without the mass communication we have today.