Light Fantastic KS2

Join us to discover for yourselves just how fantastic light really is in this active and interactive workshop. Explore ray boxes, mirrors, prisms, the eye, periscopes, kaleidoscopes, colour and much more!


Workshop plus Museum visit up to 4 hours, or outreach session (2 or 3 sessions of 1½ hours each)

Workshop outline

We start with a review of what the children already know about light before introducing them to our fantastic ray-boxes and how to use them safely. Children then get hands-on, exploring how rays of light travel from a source and can be reflected using mirrors. Using our model eye, we explore how we see and why the picture formed in our eyes is actually upside down!

Through Perspex blocks and prisms children investigate how light can be bent or refracted, and look at how we use reflection and refraction in periscopes, kaleidoscopes, binoculars, glasses, toys, fibre-optics and even lighthouses! Finishing off, we use torches and what the children have learned to explore and explain shadows.

For Museum visits, the children then have exclusive use of our fantastic light interactives to consolidate their learning and, if time, we create some fantastic artwork that glitters and gleams as light is bounced and bent!

Learning Objectives

By the end of the workshop most pupils will understand that

  • Light travels in straight lines from a source
  • Light changes direction (is reflected or refracted) when it hits a shiny surface or travels through a Perspex block
  • We see things when light from a source is reflected off a surface and enters our eyes

National Curriculum Links

Science Year 6

  • understand that light appears to travel in straight lines
  • use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye
  • explain that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes
  • use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them, and to predict the size of shadows when the position of the light source changes.

Suggestions for pre-visit preparation

Before the visit it would be helpful if you would revisit what the children learned about light in Year 3.

Suggestions for post-visit activities

A suggested list of post-visit activities is available here: KS2 Light Fantastic Post Visit Activities.

Feedback and evaluation

We will give you an evaluation form to complete at the end of the workshop. Please complete this as fully as you can. Your feedback is very much appreciated and is used to ensure that future workshops meet the learning needs of your students.

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