Approaches to learning about light 

Children in infant and junior classes will identify different light sources, explore the effects of light on materials, identify materials that are transparent or opaque, and experiment with shadows and reflections. Children will come to appreciate that they see objects and different colours because of light.

In the middle and senior classes pupils will distinguish between natural and artificial sources of light and will explore how white light is made up of many different colours. Children will investigate how light rays change direction as they pass through water and learn that this process is called refraction. Through designing and making activities pupils will develop a greater understanding of how mirrors and other shiny surfaces can change the direction of light and will explore how lenses are used to make things look bigger (magnified) or smaller.