History brought to life at Souter Lighthouse

Pupils climbed their way up a spiral staircase and ladder to the top of Souter Lighthouse for spectacular views over the North East coastline to bring their classroom learning to life.

Westgate Hill Primary Academy Year 2 youngsters have enjoyed learning about lighthouses in school, reading ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ in literacy lessons and discovered the heroic story of Grace Darling in history classes.

The children ventured to Souter Lighthouse near Sunderland in two trips to find out more about the 146-year-old building and how people lived in the past.

Souter Lighthouse is an iconic beacon on the coastline midway between the Rivers Tyne and Wear. It is the first lighthouse in the world designed and built to be powered by electricity.

Westgate Hill children bravely climbed the 76 steep steps all the way to the top of the lighthouse up a spiral staircase and a ladder.

The view at the top was amazing! The pupils also explored the wilderness gardens and grounds, where they discovered a large variety of insects and pond life.

A big thank you to all the parents that came on the trips – we hope you enjoyed the visits as much as the children did!

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