Year 3: Light

This list consists of lesson plans, activities, video clips and interactive resources to support the teaching of light in Year Three. It contains tips on using the resources, suggestions for further use and background subject knowledge. Possible misconceptions are highlighted so that teachers may plan lessons to facilitate correct conceptual understanding. Designed to support the new curriculum programme of study it aims to cover many of the requirements for knowledge and understanding and working scientifically. The statutory requirements are that children are taught to:

• recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light

• notice that light is reflected from surfaces

•  recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect their eyes

•  recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by a solid object

•  find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change.

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