Light

silhouette of man and woman standing under starry night

In the Science Curriculum, students learn about Energy and Forces. One source of energy is light. Here are the learning objectives from Junior Infants to 6th class:

Junior/Senior Infants

  • identify and name different colours
  • sort objects into sets according to colour
  • observe colours in the local environment 
  • explore dark and bright colours and become aware of different shades of colour 
  • discuss differences between day and night, light and shade
  • explore how shadows are formed

1st/2nd Class

  • recognise that light comes from different sources
  • recognise that light is needed in order to see
  • investigate the relationship between light and materials
  • recognise that the sun gives us heat and light, without which we could not survive
  • become aware of the dangers of looking directly at the sun

3rd/4th Class

  • learn that light is a form of energy
  • recognise that light comes from different natural and artificial sources
  • investigate that light can be broken up into many different colours
  • investigate the relationships between light and materials
  • investigate how mirrors and other shiny surfaces are good reflectors of light
  • recognise that the sun gives us heat and light, without which people and animals could not survive
  • be aware of the dangers of looking directly at the sun

5th/6th Class

  • learn that light is a form of energy
  • know that light travels from a source
  • investigate the splitting and mixing of light
  • investigate the refraction of light
  • investigate how mirrors and other shiny surfaces are good reflectors of light
  • explore how objects may be magnified using simple lens or magnifier
  • appreciate the importance of sight
  • understand the role of sunlight in photosynthesis and appreciate that the sun gives us heat and light without which people and animals could not survive
  • be aware of the dangers of excessive sunlight
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