This programme from Teachers TV looks at a science lesson in which the key concept is that light is necessary for sight. There is an emphasis on scientific enquiry and the importance of play-based learning in Key Stage One.

Helen Ackerman, who teaches a Year One class at Codicote Primary School in Hertfordshire, has been working with Jane Turner, deputy director of the Science Learning Centre (East of England). Jane has helped her with the planning and resourcing of this lesson.

Helen introduces the lesson by referring to a shared story in a literacy lesson about a bear that is afraid of the dark. She challenges children’s assumptions about light and introduces key scientific enquiry words. Children then investigate different activities including: predicting which people made from coloured card they will be able to see in a dark cave, a light source table, light boxes, shoe box caves and a story box with props and mirrors.

The activities engage and focus the children and help them understand that light is necessary to see things.

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After watching this video, I feel that we are swapping from teaching to entertaining. But what is worse, we are contributing to work against the common sense of the students (while we make sure they are having fun). Do we need to spend so many resources to teach that no matter what color is an object you won't be able to see it when it is dark? !! (unless it is a source of light, of course) If the class began with the story of the teddy bear and the topic of being afraid of darkness, wouldn't it be a good opportunity to ask the students WHY they were afraid? I don't believe they would answer that they are afraid because they can onle see yellow things around!! It is simple: thay are afraid because they can't see ANYTHING in the dark...