Light and Mirrors

Aimed at Key Stage 2 children, this is a series of science/literacy lessons aiming to teach technical report writing in a fun and interesting way, by using an scientific exploration of light and reflection as the subject matter!

The pupils are first given a mystery to solve (reason for writing) and then set out to solve the mystery by learning about how we see objects, how light reflects and how periscopes work.

5 x 60 minute lesson plans, together with PowerPoint slides and associated worksheets are available below.

Lunar Mountains

Aimed at pupils aged 11-16, this workshop challenges students to measure the shadows cast on the Moon’s surface, then utilise algebraic techniques to determine the height of those mountains.

Angles in Astronomy

An arcsecond is a very small angle
Credit: NSO
Angles are used a lot in astronomy. We can measure both the size of an object in the sky and mark its position by using angles.

However, sometimes the angles are very small - much less than a degree. Therefore, astronomers often use things called arcminutes and arcseconds.