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Light and dark

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Offline lesson plan


Identify different light sources

National Curriculum

England: Key Stage 1, Science, Sc1 2a, 2f, 2g, 2j; Sc4 3a, 3b

Wales: Key Stage 1, Physical processes, 3.1, 3.2

Northern Ireland: Key Stage 1, Physical processes, Light a, b

Scotland: 5-14 Guidelines, Science, Properties and uses of energy, Level A, B

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Another adult



A picture of a street scene showing the sun, car lights, traffic lights, streetlights etc.

Copies of the Light and dark worksheet printed from the Science Clips website

Teaching activities

Review the children's knowledge of light and dark by asking questions. When is it light? When is it dark? How can we make it light or dark? Discuss the fact that darkness is the absence of light. Use their answers to introduce the idea of light sources. Next ask the children to work in talk partners to come up with the names of as many light sources as they can. Make a list of their ideas and show them examples e.g. torch and candle as they are named.

Take the children out on a short walk around the local area encouraging them to identify any light sources including those that are not illuminated at the time.

Return to the classroom and tell the children that you would like them to draw a picture with labels to record as many of the light sources they saw as they can remember. The least able may be given the ready drawn picture described above and asked to colour or circle the light sources.

Go back to the list of light sources that you made during the introduction and add any additional sources found.


Hand out copies of the Light and dark worksheet. Name all the objects on the sheet to establish the children are familiar with them. Choose an object and ask the children to identify whether it's a source of light. Answer any questions the children may have and when they know what to do, complete the worksheet independently.

Suggested homework

Ask the children to draw a picture of a night time scene showing different light sources, e.g. street lights, torches, lights in houses, stars. You may want to discuss the fact that the moon is not a light source itself but reflects light from the sun.


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