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Science

In Science, we are starting our Light & Dark topic. 

 

We wonder whether you can start to investigate shadows? Find some objects or some toys in your house and use either sunlight or a torch to create a shadow. Put a piece of paper behind the object and draw around it. 

 

I wonder.... if you can change the shape or size of the shadow? 

I wonder... if the shadow looks different at different times of the day? 

I wonder... what creates a shadow? 

 

Send us an email with your creations - we can share them in the newsletter to see if other children can guess the object! 

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Can you make a sundial? 

 

You will need: 

  • Chalk 
  • Stones 
  • Large, straight stick
  • Clock 

 

1. Find a spot outdoors that is not sheltered and that the sun will be able to shine on easily. 

 

2. Place your stick vertically in the centre of this area. (On a concrete area, you could create a small mound of dirt or stones and push your stick into this). 

 

3. On each hour, look at where the shadow of you stick falls. Place a stone at the end of each shadow. 

 

4. With your chalk, write the number of the hour next to the pebble. 

 

5. Repeat until the end of the day!

 

6. On the next day, test out your sundial by checking that the shadow falls onto the concrete pebble at the correct time. 

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Colander and torch experiment

 

All you need for this experiment is a torch (phones torches will work too) and a colander (that thing adults use to drain pasta). 

 

Step 1. Find a room in the house 

Step 2. Make sure the room is as dark as possible (turn off the lights close the curtains/blinds etc.) 

Step 3. Turn on your torch. Hold the colander over the torch to the light it beaming through the holes.

 

What do you see? what does it look like? Is the experiment better in the day or at night? maybe try both?

 

Challenge: I wonder if you could write a poem about what you can see? using lots of adjectives to be as descriptive as you can. 

 

Send us an email with your creations so we can see what you have found - we can share them in the newsletter to see if other children saw the same thing.

 

Also, send in your poems too and we can publish these on the Newsletter to showcase your fantastic work! 

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'Make a Fountain of Light' experiment 

You will need…

An empty plastic bottle (one or two litre), a pin or needle, a torch, a sink or basin and a dark room.

What to do…

Place the empty bottle beside the sink and, using the pin, make a small hole in the side of the bottle, about half way up.

Place your finger over the hole and fill the bottle with water.

Turn on the torch and shine the torch on the bottle, behind the hole. Make sure the side with the hole is positioned towards the sink.

Remove your finger and let the water pour into the sink. See how the stream of water lights up.

 

Send some pictures to your class teacher to show them how you got your experiment to work. Can you write a sentence to tell them what is happening? 

Lesson 1 - Exploring that we need light to see things.

 

Have a look through this PowerPoint following the link to see what new and interesting things you can find out about light. Work through the activities and share them with your teachers by email when you have completed them. We can celebrate your wonderful and hard work in the Newsletter. 

 

I wonder what type of Scientist you will be today?

 

 

Lesson 2 - Exploring sources of light

 

Have a look through this PowerPoint following the link to see what new and interesting things you can find out about light. Work through the activities and share them with your teachers by email when you have completed them. We can celebrate your wonderful and hard work in the Newsletter. 

 

I wonder what type of Scientist you will be today?

Lesson 3 - Exploring reflective surfaces 

Have a look through this PowerPoint following the link to see what new and interesting things you can find out about light. Work through the activities and share them with your teachers by email when you have completed them. We can celebrate your wonderful and hard work in the Newsletter. 

I wonder what type of Scientist you will be today?
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