Light and Dark

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Light cannot be tasted, heard, felt or smelt – but it can be seen, and children can have a lot of fun finding out about it.

This workshop gives Reception, KS1 and lower KS2 children the opportunity to explore light in an exciting and active way, building upon ideas taken from Sc4 Light and Dark in the curriculum.

Each workshop comes in two parts:
Using a variety of light sources, a ‘black out tent’ and various different objects, children develop the understanding that light is needed in order to see, and that darkness is the absence of light. Using mirrors and periscopes they investigate how light travels. We bring a selection of toys that use light and shadow screens which children can use to explore shadows for KS2.

In the second part of the workshop each child makes a small kaleidoscope to take home.

They also have an opportunity to go in our black-out tent to see how light is used to stimulate their senses.

This workshop needs to take place in the school hall.

Curriculum links


Understanding of the world – Exploring, observing and investigating


Working scientifically – Using first hand experiences to ask and answer questions – Everyday materials and their properties – Using their senses to explore – Physical processes – Light and dark, shadows


Language for communication and thinking – Physical development – Using equipment and materials – Creative development – Exploring media and materials


Practical task to improve skills & follow instructions


R, 1, 2, 3 & 4

A whole day: 3 x 1 1/4 hours approx. sessions/workshops at £380 per day
Morning only: 2 x 1 1/4 hours approx. sessions/workshops at £255 per morning
All materials and equipment provided. Maximum class numbers = 30 pupils


You will need to provide 5 adult helpers in addition to the class teacher for each session/workshop