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Light, Shadows and Reflections

Making Shadows Investigation

In this investigation your child will perform a simple test to investigate how shadows are made using objects made from different materials and properties. They will record their observations and use this to reach a conclusion.

Throughout our Light, Shadows & Reflections topic you will learn about making shadows, looking at and measuring shadow size and making shadow puppets. Beyond shadows you learn about mirrors and reflections in artwork and colour. Hands-On Education are passionate about providing positive educational experiences for children through interactive and engaging hands-on activities. Whilst meeting the standards in the National Curriculum in England, our activities encourage children to play, explore, observe, build, create and much more. We promote child-led learning, inspiring confidence and independence as children develop their own ideas and understanding.

Within this topic you will find:

  • 9 activity plans, all of which clearly explain how to prepare and carry out each activity.
  • 6 activity sheets to support your child in recording their investigations.
  • A video, providing examples of Reflections In Art to inspire your child’s own creativity.

This topic meets aspects within the National Curriculum in England in the following subjects: Science, Art, Maths and English.

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    Relation to Curriculum in England: = Art = Maths = Science
    Download Links: = Activity Plan = Activity Sheet(s) = Play Video = Download Video
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Activity Two - Making Shadows Investigation

Activity 2
Making Shadows Investigation

  • Sc3/1.1 asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them
  • Sc3/1.2 setting up simple practical enquiries
  • Sc3/1.3 making systematic and careful observations
  • Sc3/1.4 gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions
  • Sc3/1.6 reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions
  • Sc3/1.8 identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes
  • Sc3/4.1d recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by a solid object
  • Sc3/4.1e find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change

Our Light, Shadows & Reflections Activities

Activity 1
Investigating Light

Activity One - Investigating Light

Activity 3
Shadow Size

Activity Three - Shadow Size

Activity 4
Sundial Investigation

Activity Four - Sundial Investigation

Activity 5
Drawing Shadows

Activity Five - Drawing Shadows

Activity 6
Shadow Puppets

Activity Six - Shadow Puppets

Activity 7
Mirror & Reflections

Activity Seven - Mirror & Reflections

Activity 8
Reflections In Art

Activity Eight - Reflections In Art

Activity 9
Making Colours Through Light

Activity Nine - Making Colours Through Light

Symbols Key

    Relation to Curriculum in England: = Art = Maths = Science
    Download Links: = Activity Plan = Activity Sheet(s) = Play Video = Download Video
Activity Two - Making Shadows Investigation

Activity 2
Making Shadows Investigation

Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc3/1.1 asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them
  • Sc3/1.2 setting up simple practical enquiries
  • Sc3/1.3 making systematic and careful observations
  • Sc3/1.4 gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions
  • Sc3/1.6 reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions
  • Sc3/1.8 identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes
  • Sc3/4.1d recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by a solid object
  • Sc3/4.1e find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change
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