Exploring Light

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Light can be light, dark or somewhere in between

Lesson idea. A teacher-led inquiry into how light or dark different places are. Discussion is helped by having a large display to show a 'bar chart' of the light level, thanks to a data logging device. This lesson introduces the idea of using numbers for light level and terms such as 'opaque', 'transparent' and 'translucent'.

Teaching approach. This lesson involves the use of higher order questioning(ta) on scientific method(ta) topics to engage pupils in an inquiry(ta) relating to the nature of light, its measurement, and the use of sensors. (edit)

Resource details
Title Measuring Light - Light and Dark
Topic [[Topics/Measuring|Measuring]]
Teaching approach

[[Teaching Approaches/Questioning|Questioning]],  [[Teaching Approaches/Inquiry|Inquiry]],  [[Teaching Approaches/Scientific method|Scientific method]]

Learning Objectives
  • Understanding that this sensor responds quickly to changes in light and provides a measurement.
  • Being aware that the sensor can detect light coming from different directions.


Age of students / grade

[[Resources/Primary age 7|Primary age 7]],  [[Resources/Primary|Primary]]

Additional Resources/material needed

This lesson requires a light sensor and a large display of its readings, for the whole group to see when the level changes. It was written around sensing equipment made by Data Harvest UK. http://dataharvest.co.uk

Related ORBIT Wiki Resources

Book of ICT-based activities IT_in_Primary_Science Book of activities using sensors Primary_Science_Curriculum_Activities_with_Sensors

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