Energy - Light and Shadows
Can you make shadow puppets like the bird made by this lady?

Energy - Light and Shadows

This quiz addresses the requirements of the National Curriculum KS1 Science for children aged 5 and 6 in years 1 and 2. Specifically this quiz is aimed at the section dealing with light energy and investigating how shadows are formed.

Have you got a shadow? When does it appear? When does it go away? We all have a shadow sometimes. When studying energy in science at school you will have investigated shadows. When a ray of light energy is blocked, there is a shadow. The shadow is darker, because there is less light. Let’s investigate shadows a bit more.

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  1. Look at this picture. These are shadows of a family in a park. There is a pram, a man and a child. The shadows are:
    These shadows are very long. But your shadow can be longer or shorter than you really are
  2. What is this shadow puppet?
    Can you make shadow puppets?
  3. This is a picture under a leaf. The frog is casting a shadow. Where is the frog?
    This is a tree frog in South America
  4. There is a shadow on the field. What is up in the air?
    Shadows don’t have to touch the thing that makes them
  5. Gareth is standing looking at his shadow. Which direction is the Sun?
    Gareth is blocking the sunlight. That’s why he has a shadow
  6. What do we call lines of sunlight?
    The rays of the sun go in straight lines
  7. Look at the picture carefully. What can you see?
    When do you have a shadow?
  8. Sarah is asleep in bed. The light is on. Sarah casts a shadow on the pillow. Sarah’s Mum comes in and quietly turns off the light. What happens to Sarah’s shadow?
    If there is no light, there are no shadows
  9. The light is being blocked by Gareth. The light cannot go through Gareth. Gareth is ______.
    Gareth is casting a shadow
  10. What do we call lots of rays of light?
    A torch makes a beam of light

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