When planning a unit of work on light the teacher will ensure that the children are aware of and adhere to the following safety procedures:

  • Children should not look at the sun or at very bright beams of light, such as projector beams
  • Plastic mirrors should be used for investigations, and children should avoid using glass mirrors
  • Pupils should never look at the sun through lenses
  • Children should be made aware of the dangers of sunburn

Lessons on light energy present opportunities for teachers to instil in children the need to protect their eyes.

Introducing light and colour in the early years

In the infant and junior classes the concepts of light energy and colour should be integrated with other aspects of the curriculum.