Exploring light and shadows

As well as developing an awareness of different colours and their use in the environment, it is important for children during the infant and junior classes to become aware of a variety of sources of light. Work on the topic of light and shadows will also increase their awareness that a variety of objects, such as torches, lamps and bulbs, give artificial light. The children will come to realise that some objects, such as their bodies, trees and cars, block out light and create shadows. Work on light and shadows can be undertaken indoors and outdoors.

The following illustrates an approach that might be followed in selecting content for a unit of work on light and shadows, possible methods of organisation and ideas for investigations and experiments.