This term, we have been investigating what light is, how to make it and how to make it behave in different ways. A highlight has been meeting a real scientist who set our minds buzzing with his workshop on ‘The Light Fantastic’. It was a wonderful opportunity to use a primary resource to answer all our questions!
We found out that light is a really strange form of energy (particles AND waves) and that it is the universe’s ultimate speed limit. We loved exploring the two ‘R’s (reflection and refraction – also known as the two ‘B’s, bouncing and bending) and diffraction gratings. We learned about Newton’s intriguing work; how colours are made by emission and absorption; and how fluorescence and phosphorence work.
We’ve also investigated the Sun and how it essentially powers everything on Earth – including us! Soon we will be using the Scientific Process to investigate, record and discuss our individual inquiries into light and its impact on us.