Year 3 Autumn 2: Light - Light and Shadows

During this block you will create your own shadow puppet play using your expert knowledge and skills on light and shadows. You will make a theatre and puppets for the show in groups and conduct your own investigations on shadows, light and reflections.

Hamilton’s science scheme provides children with a broad but comprehensive experience of primary science that systematically covers all of the National Curriculum for England objectives. Each year group is split into 6 blocks of 6 sessions, each of which can be completed within a half-term. We present them in a recommended teaching order, but you may adapt this to fit your requirements. Working scientifically, investigations and meaningful outcomes are fully incorporated in each block.

Friends and School Subscribers have access to some additional supporting material, including year and block overview documents, assessment grids and specially commissioned background science documents for Key Stage 2 subjects to give teachers added confidence and depth of knowledge as well as ideas for how to learn more.

Supporting documents for science
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01: What is light?

Investigate what we need in order to see objects in a dark place and discover how light travels. Design a stage for a shadow puppet theatre and discover first hand how the light we see is really made of a spectrum of colours.

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02: Reflectors and Lights

What’s it like to see in a very dark place? Go into a dark “cave” and observe which colours show up best and which do not. Shine a torch to reveal reflectors and high visibility items and discover why they gleam! Paint and decorate your shadow puppet theatre.

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03: Mirror, mirror!

Investigate the strange world of mirrors. Discover what happens to writing in a mirror and how this can be used to write in secret code. Navigate a mirror maze and use mirrors to make objects multiply. Learn the secrets of mirrors and how they can help you see round corners.

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04: Shadows

Discover how shadows are made and investigate first hand how changing the orientation of an object or the material it is made from can affect the nature and shape of the shadow. Create shadow puppets in preparation for a shadow puppet performance.

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05: Let's investigate

Add a screen to your puppet theatre then use it to freely investigate how moving the light source changes the shadow. Conduct a fair test to find the precise relationship between the distance of the torch and the size of the shadow.

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06: What a performance!

Find out how coloured acetate filters can change a beam of light or a shadow. Use this together with all your knowledge and skills on Light and Shadows to create an amazing shadow puppet performance.