Light

This Autumn in Year One our science topic has been "Light", and we have been very lucky with the number of gloriously sunny days to amply illustrate our main point: that every speck of light on Earth, and therefore our very existence on this planet, is dependent on the Sun. The children have been fascinated to imagine that when you burn a piece of coal, heat stored by trees which grew alongside dinosaurs, is at last released!

Light

In the picture, we were enjoying an experimental afternoon in the playground making shadows. The children had been told that it was necessary to stand with the Sun behind them. We have added the word "opaque" to our scientific vocabulary to explain how the Sun cannot go through our dense bodies, but is forced around the edges, thus making our very effective shadows.

Alongside all our praise and admiration for the far-reaching power of the Sun, we have always stressed the dangers of this mighty ally: do not expose your skin to the Sun for too long, and never, never look directly at it; the Sun gives us life but also has the strength to destroy the delicate tissue of our eyes.