As well as the usual pages from the encyclopaedia and science dictionaries, and watching YouTube videos we visited two museums with light related exhibits. The Light exhibition at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle provided an interactive area for engaging with the properties of light, including an infinity mirror, a black mirror, a polarised light spinner, prisms, and cabinets showing the evolution of the light bulb.
|Light at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle|
The miner's safety lamp display at the Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens provided another, more practical, perspective on our changing relationship with light over the years.
|Safety lamps in Sunderland|
The project also provided us with the opportunity to do our own experiments with the reflection and refraction of light:
|Refracting light with a glass of water|
By far the most visually impressive experiment was splitting light with the prism we bought:
|Prism splitting sunlight|
Finally, for the craft part of the project, the children followed a YouTube video to make their own kaleidoscopes.
Next project: The Great Fire of London.