Lighthouse Investigation


What is a Lighthouse?

A lighthouse is s building that was made to guide ships. The most important part of a lighthouse is the light that it casts at night. Almost everything else at the lighthouse is designed to help keep the light as bright and visible as possible.

Sometimes lighthouses guide ships to a port or harbor. Other times they guide ships away from a hazard. Sometimes they do both.

At night, lighthouses guide ships with their light. Mariners can tell what light they are seeing by its characteristic.

During the day, lighthouses guide ships with a day mark. A lighthouse’s day mark is simply its size, shape and colour.

Where do we find them in Victoria?

Have you ever… ever seen a lighthouse like this?

Click on this picture link to read about Splitpoint Lighthouse.


Read more about the lighthouse by following this picture link.

Students of 4A, I would like you to write me a comment about the lighthouse. You may like to answer one of the following questions:

How do you find your way safely when travelling?

What about travelling at sea?

How do sailors know if there are dangerous rocks sticking up?

Do you know any lighthouses? Where are they?

Do all lighthouses look the same?

Does the light from a lighthouse shine continuously?

How does a lighthouse tell you where you are (as well as warning you of land/danger)?

How did lighthouses work long ago?

Do you know any stories about lighthouses?

Remember to follow our quality commenting guidelines which you can find again  here.

I look forward to reading your comments.


Splitpoint Lighthouse

Have you ever, ever felt like this?

Strange things happen when you’re going round the twist!

Last week we visited Splitpoint Lighthouse which features in Paul Jennings’ stories, “Round The Twist”.

How did you feel climbing all those stairs?

How would you describe how it felt to be at the top, looking down to the ground and out to sea?