Coloured glass jar with tea light.

Year 3
Light, Shadows & Reflections

We are so excited to share this new free topic with you! We have had fun putting these hands-on activities together and finding a range of ideas for our children to access learning. We understand that all children are individual and learn in different ways. But one thing I believe we can all agree on is that learning should be engaging and fun.

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 One - Investigating Light

Activity 1
Investigating Light

  • 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
  • Sc3/1.5 recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams
  • Sc3/1.8 identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes
  • Sc3/4.1a recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light
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
Activity Three - Shadow Size

Activity 3
Shadow Size

  • 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
  • Sc3/1.7 using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions
  • 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
  • Ma3/3.1a measure, compare, add and subtract: lengths (m/cm/mm)
  • Ma3/4.1a interpret and present data using bar charts, pictograms and tables
Activity Four - Sundial Investigation

Activity 4
Sundial 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
  • Sc3/4.1d 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
  • Ma3/3.1a measure, compare, add and subtract: lengths (m/cm/mm)
  • Ma3/4.1a interpret and present data using bar charts, pictograms and tables
Activity Five - Drawing Shadows

Activity 5
Drawing Shadows

  • White paper
  • Coloured paper
  • Interesting shaped object or toy
  • Light source: sun / torch / lamp
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • 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
  • Ar2/1.2 to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing
Activity Six - Shadow Puppets

Activity 6
Shadow Puppets

  • Large cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • White tissue paper
  • Tape
  • Lamp / torch
  • Optional:
  • Paint
  • Sc3/4.1d recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by a solid object
  • Ar2/1.2 to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials
Activity Seven - Mirror Play

Activity 7
Mirror & Reflections

  • Sc3/1.1 asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries
  • Sc4/1.9 using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings
  • Sc3/4.1b notice that light is reflected from surfaces
Activity Eight - Reflections In Art

Activity 8
Reflections In Art

  • Ar2/1.2 to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials
  • Ar2/1.3 about great artists, architects and designers in history
Activity Nine -   Mixing Colours Through Light

Activity 9
Mixing Colours Through Light

    Investigate
  • White paper
  • Blu tac
  • 3 clear jars
  • Water
  • Food colouring: red / blue / yellow
  • 1 or 2 torches

  • Lantern
  • Glass jar
  • Coloured tissue paper
  • Glue
  • Tea light
  • 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
  • Ar2/1.2 to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials

Symbols Key

    Relation to Curriculum in England: = Art = Maths = Science
    Download Links: = Activity Plan = Activity Sheet(s) = Play Video = Download Video
Activity One - Investigating Light

Activity 1
Investigating Light

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
  • Sc3/1.5 recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams
  • Sc3/1.8 identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes
  • Sc3/4.1a recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light
Downloads:
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
Downloads:
Activity Three - Shadow Size

Activity 3
Shadow Size

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
  • Sc3/1.7 using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions
  • 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
  • Ma3/3.1a measure, compare, add and subtract: lengths (m/cm/mm)
  • Ma3/4.1a interpret and present data using bar charts, pictograms and tables
Downloads:
Activity Four - Sundial Investigation

Activity 4
Sundial 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
  • Sc3/4.1d 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
  • Ma3/3.1a measure, compare, add and subtract: lengths (m/cm/mm)
  • Ma3/4.1a interpret and present data using bar charts, pictograms and tables
Downloads:
Activity Five - Drawing Shadows

Activity 5
Drawing Shadows

Practical Resources:
  • White paper
  • Coloured paper
  • Interesting shaped object or toy
  • Light source: sun / torch / lamp
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • 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
  • Ar2/1.2 to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing
Downloads:
Activity Six - Shadow Puppets

Activity 6
Shadow Puppets

Practical Resources:
  • Large cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • White tissue paper
  • Tape
  • Lamp / torch
  • Optional:
  • Paint
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc3/4.1d recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by a solid object
  • Ar2/1.2 to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials
Downloads:
Activity Seven - Mirror Play

Activity 7
Mirror & Reflections

Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc3/1.1 asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries
  • Sc4/1.9 using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings
  • Sc3/4.1b notice that light is reflected from surfaces
Downloads:
Activity Eight - Reflections In Art

Activity 8
Reflections In Art

Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Ar2/1.2 to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials
  • Ar2/1.3 about great artists, architects and designers in history
Downloads:
Activity Nine -   Mixing Colours Through Light

Activity 9
Mixing Colours Through Light

Practical Resources:
    Investigate
  • White paper
  • Blu tac
  • 3 clear jars
  • Water
  • Food colouring: red / blue / yellow
  • 1 or 2 torches
  • Lantern
  • Glass jar
  • Coloured tissue paper
  • Glue
  • Tea light
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
  • Ar2/1.2 to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials
Downloads:

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