What is light?

Vlad the vampire is looking after the castle whilst his Aunt Vera is away. The only problem is, everything scares him, especially the dark but friends Kate and Dave help Vlad to understand what it is.

Vlad the vampire is looking after the castle whilst his Aunt Vera is away. The only problem is that every thing scares him, especially the dark. To make matters worse, Vlad cannot find his beloved pet Fang.

Working at the castle are Kate and her dad Dave.

Together they search the castle, looking for Vlad’s pet. As they look around, Kate and Dave help Vlad to learn all about how we see. Vlad learns which lights are from a source and which are reflected. Vlad finds out that darkness is only the absence of light. Vlad learns there is no reason to be scared of the dark anymore.

Teacher Notes

Could be used to simply demonstrate how our eyes work. Children might then make their own simple models. Could also be used to illustrate a variety of sources of light e.g. sun, electric lights, torches, candles, stars and fireflies. Children could be asked to identify and group objects that reflect light e.g. suit of armour, reflective cycling jacket, broken mirror. They could make simple comparisons between dull and shiny objects, and investigate which is the most appropriate material to make a reflective bat or spider tag for Vlad to put on his pet Fang’s collar so he can always see her in the dark castle.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Science at KS1 in England and Wales, and early years and first level in Scotland.