Thorney Close Primary School

Thorney Close Primary School

“Where Learning Blossoms”

Sycamore - Year 1 Mrs Verity - Visit to Souter Lighthouse


Souter Lighthouse


Wednesday 18th April 2018

Year Group

Sycamore – Year 1 (Mrs Verity)


9:00am – 3:15pm. The visit will last the full day so please be on time for school and try not to arrange any appointments on this date. We will endeavour to return back to school by 3:15pm however please be aware that heavy traffic sometimes causes a delay which is out of our control. We will try to keep you informed of any such delays with a text message.

Visit Leader

Mrs Verity


There will be a total of 9 adults on the visit. Adults will include school staff/school governors/parent helpers and students currently on placement in school.

Cost of the Visit

To help cover the cost of the visit we are asking for a parental contribution of £10.50. Payments can be made via the epayment system or by cash/cheque at the school office. Parental contributions are important because as a school we are unable to financially support all visits this financial year. The contribution goes towards the cost of transport (hire of coach and driver), entrance, activities and workshops undertaken at the lighthouse. If we do not receive enough contributions towards the visit we may not be able to organise such experiences in the future. If you are unable to make this payment, then please contact Mrs Jenner in the school office on 0191 5250808 to discuss a payment plan or to see if you may be considered to apply for a school bursary. Payments may be made in instalments.

Aim of the Educational Visit

Children in Sycamore class, will visit Souter Lighthouse to reinforce the work they have been doing in school about Grace Darling and also to find out about the importance of lighthouses and the role of the lighthouse keeper. Opened in 1871 Souter is an iconic beacon. Hooped in red and white and standing proud on the coastline midway between the Tyne and the Wear it was the first lighthouse in the world designed and built to be powered by electricity. Children will have the opportunity to explore this fabulous lighthouse and find out about its history. As well as climbing to the top of the lighthouse and looking out to see what they can see out at sea children will participate in a number of fun workshops and activities; including making a working lighthouse using a simple circuit.

Lunch Arrangement

All children will be provided with a school packed lunch under the Universal Free Infant School Meals Scheme. No packed lunches to be brought from home


Children should wear their school uniform. Please ensure your child is wearing a warm coat as it can often be cold in the lighthouse.