Light shows addresses AC Science Understanding ACSSU080 Light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted, through the context of conducting investigations to observe the behaviour of light in a variety of situations.

Light shows provides students with hands-on opportunities to:

  • explore the role of light in enabling us to see objects
  • consider sources of light and how light travels
  • investigate the size and direction of shadows
  • explore how reflective surfaces and different materials affect the path of light
  • investigate what happens when light passes through water

Students apply their new learning by:

  •  planning and conducting an investigation into the factors that affect the height of a shadow

Linking science with literacy

In the Primary Connections approach, students are supported to create representations that draw on and strengthen their literacy development. In Light shows, students represent and explain their understanding about how light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted, by creating these representations:

  • Graph
  • Labelled diagram
  • Procedural text
  • Ray diagram
  • Science chat-board
  • Data table
  • Word wall

External resources

A series of information, images and video clips to explain how light works

Engineering Interact An interactive science and engineering website for 9-11 year olds. Contains a number of interactive modules, split into three sections: learning, testing and engineering applications