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Visiting the Signal Tower Museum

The Superstars visited the Signal Tower Museum in Arbroath on Friday as part of their topic on lighthouses.

The buildings where the museum is now housed used to be the accommodation for the lighhouse keepers of the Bell Rock. They lived there when they were on shore, with their families.

The museum was recently refurbished and was officially opened again last month by Princess Anne.

We were shown around the museum by Eileen and she told us lots of facts about the Bell Rock and told us more about the artefacts on display. We were also able to watch a film about the construction of the Bell Rock. We would like to say a big thank you to Eileen for making it such an interesting visit.

Click here to be taken to Signal Tower website. They now have a webcam which you can move about to look at the lighthouse and the harbour!

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Lighthouse Modelling

Busy with our parents.

This afternoon we invited our parents to come in and help us make our lighthouse models.

We were planning to make them a wee while ago but all the Pringles tubes we had collected had been thrown out when the school was being tidied, so we had to start all over again!!

We made a base for our lighthouse using an old shoebox lid or half of a cereal box. We painted it and covered it with blue tissue paper for the sea. Then we made our lighthouse by covering the crisps tube with white paper and added red or black stripes. We used mod roc to attach the lighthouse to the base by packing it around the base of the lighthouse to make rocks. We added a plastic tub to the top to house the light.

We will be finishing them off by painting the rocks and adding our electrical circuit so our lighthouses have a flashing light. We think we have done a super job, don’t you?

After we had all tidied up we were able to eat the fruit kebabs we had prepared that morning. Our parents really liked them and we think some had more than one!

Thank you to everyone who came.

Electrical Circuits

This is tricky!

We have been learning about electrical circuits this week. Mrs Stewart gave us two batteries, a battery holder, wires and a bulb with a bulb holder. We had to see if we could put them all together to make the bulb light up. We learned that a circuit must form a loop with the wires from the power source in order for it to work properly. We managed it, although the wires were a bit fiddly!

We are going to use our electrical circuits to light up our lighthouse models when we make them.

Click here for the Blobz Guide to Electrical Circuits – a very handy website for finding out all about them.

Maud Lewis Lighthouse Seascapes

Maud Lewis's House

On Friday we looked at the art of a Canadian folk artist called Maud Lewis (1903-1970).

Maud was self taught and lived in a tiny house which although very plain from the outside, was very colourful inside, as she painted every available surface.

Read more about Maud Lewis here.

We used a wet wash for the sky, sponged the sea and painted the hill and rocks. We drew, cut out and stuck on our lighthouses and other details.

We adapted this lesson from a great art site called Deepspacesparkle.

Bell Rock Lighthouse Pictures

We have been drawing and painting our own pictures of the Bell Rock Lighthouse as part of our lighthouse topic.

Have a look at our video to see the fantastic results.

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Lighthouses

This term we are learning all about lighthouses. We have a very famous lighthouse near Arbroath called the Bell Rock. It is 200 hundred years old this year and is the oldest surviving sea washed lighthouse in the world!

We will be linking our learning about lighthouses to our science topic of electricity. We will be learning about electrical circuits and will make our own lighthouses with a flashing light.

If you would like to see some of the planning we did for our topic together click on the link below. Keep visiting to find out more about our topic.

KWL GriD LIGHTHOUSES 2011




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