Hello Lighthouse

Hello Lighthouse by Sophia Blackwell

Watch the days and seasons pass as the wind blows, the fog rolls in, and icebergs drift by. Outside, there is water all around. Inside, the daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his family unfolds as the keeper boils water for tea, lights the lamp’s wick, and writes every detail in his logbook.

Main Focus: Alphabetical Order

This activity explores Page 4 of the story and focuses on teaching your Year 1 / Year 2 class alphabetical order.

Your KS1 children will be challenged to order the words using the first and second letter (if required). There is also the option to allow your class to choose words of their own from the text.

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Main Focus: Comprehension

Your class will complete this KS1 comprehension resource based on the whole story of Hello Lighthouse.

This resource has been differentiated to allow your class to tackle different types of questions based on the book.

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Main Focus: Creative Writing

At the end of the story, the lighthouse keeper has moved out of the lighthouse as there is a new light and machine which means the keeper does not need to tend the lighthouse anymore.

Your class will think about what duties he had in the lighthouse and other skills you think he might be able to use in his new job.

This is a lovely creative writing resource that encourages your class to apply what they know about the lighthouse keeper.

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Main Focus: Label a Lighthouse

This activity encourages your class to look at the lighthouse in depth and begin to recognise the different parts.


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Main Focus: Phonics

This phonics resource covers: initial sounds, final sounds, vowel teams and also gives you class the opportunity to search and locate sounds that they recognise. 

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Main Focus: Word Class

The resource helps your class identify nouns, verbs and adjectives within an extract of the text.

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Main Focus: Punctuation

This resource helps your children identify where capital letters and full stops are located within an excerpt from the story.

The resource is differentiated to give you the option to start at different points with the children in your class.

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Main Focus: Story Reflection

This is a great resource to use at the end of the book to encourage your class to reflect on the story and look a little deeper into making predictions, being creative, gathering evidence, sequencing, summarising and more.

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Lighthouse: Animated Story

This is a story of a lighthouse keeper who feels somewhat isolated from the community until he needs their help. A heart-warming animated about being there for each other.

You can pause the story at multiple stages to ask the children to:

Discuss and create descriptions of the setting

Make Predictions

Discuss problems and solutions

Discuss feelings and reasoning

Create a dialogue, recount, newspaper report etc.


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Life of a Lighthouse Technician

There are more than 250 lighthouses still in use across the UK, whose shining beams of light play a vital role in protecting shipping. With the days of the lighthouse keeper long gone, who looks after them?

When Scott Tacchi spotted an advertisement for a job as a lighthouse technician, he was intrigued enough to apply and then delighted to land the post.

The 30-year-old from Truro in Cornwall has spent the past 18 months helping to maintain the nation’s lighthouses, and documenting a job that often provides spectacular views.

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