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Watch the film clip below 'Lighthouse'. Watch it more than once if needs be. By the end of the week, you will be writing a newspaper report to report the remarkable incident.


Lighthouse (2008), animated short movie by Charlie Short film. Watch the film carefully more than once if needed. Read your task below afterwards.

After having watched the video, have a go at answering the following questions either as a discussion with someone in your house or write down your answers.


1. What does he think about the people outside the window having fun? 

2. Why does the author put this scene in? 

3. How does the creator build up the tension in the film?



1. He dislikes them, they annoy him and he does not agree with their behaviour.

2. To make you think the villagers are up to no good/untrustworthy.

3. Through the use of music, the fact that the ship keeps getting closer and the loud, repeated noise of the ships horn.


Task 2- Now I would like you to create a picture map/story board of the film breaking it up into its parts and writing a few key words to go with each part and to help you remember. Can you include adjectives that you could later use in your writing?


Today I would like you to begin the layout of your newspaper report by creating a newspaper brand name, a title, date and price. This will make your writing look like a newspaper and have it prepared ready to put your writing in it on Friday. See an example below for ideas.


Starter- complete the SPAG mat below!


Complete the SPAG mat

To make your report realistic you need to give the light house keeper a name which you will use in your report. Draw a picture of the lighthouse keeper in the middle of your page. Create a character profile for him. What is his:

  • name
  • age
  • where he lives/works
  • how long he has been working there
  • does he have a family?
  • his thoughts of the town people before the event
  • his thoughts of the town people after the event 

You can write the information around your picture.


Newspaper reports are always written in the past tense about things that have already happened. They often include personal recounts of what happened in speech marks along with dates and times. They are written in the third person using they, he, she.


To help you get on and write tomorrow, you are going to plan your writing using the grid below to help you. Add in key words and sentences that you want to use to help you. You don't need to print the sheet, you can just use it as a guide to help you. 


Today is big write day! I would like you to use all of your work from this week to help you write your newspaper report on the lighthouse incident. You have your tittle and newspaper layout ready from earlier this week now you just need to add your writing.


You must report on the incident and include a short interview with the light house keeper (who's name you have chosen yourself). Check the check list before and during your writing.

Don’t worry about your headline and pictures too much I am more bothered about the writing itself. Make sure you are in the third person and past tense throughout. Include speech from the light house keeper send remember to use speech marks. Use time conjunctions to order your writing next, then, later that evening.