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This ‘Light’ unit will teach the children about light, reflections and shadows. They will learn about different sources of light, and that we need light to see. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate reflective materials, in the context of designing a new book bag. They will work in a hands on way to play a range of mirror games, finding out more about reflective surfaces. Furthermore, they will learn that the sun’s light can be dangerous. The children will have chance to test which objects are opaque in an exciting investigation to design the most effective curtains, and will find out how shadows change when the distance between the object and light source changes. They will develop their scientific enquiry skills, making observations, predictions and conclusions.

Wider Learning


Visit: The Science Museum to explore light, reflection and refraction.


Go Online:

- Light and Dark -



- How to make a rainbow -

- 5 facts about light and colour -

- Light absorption and reflection -


Explore it: 10 cool science experiments to investigate light, reflection and rainbows.



- Oscar and the Moth by Geoff Waring

- Light and Dark by Angela Royston

- Light (Science in a Flash) by Georgia Amson-Bradshaw