Australian Curriculum Teaching Resources


Light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted


  • drawing simple labelled ray diagrams to show the paths of light from a source to our eyes (Skills: Literacy, Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking)
  • comparing shadows from point and extended light sources such as torches and fluorescent tubes (Skills: Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking)
  • classifying materials as transparent, opaque or translucent based on whether light passes through them or is absorbed (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking)
  • recognising that the colour of an object depends on the properties of the object and the colour of the light source (Skills: Critical and Creative Thinking)
  • exploring the use of mirrors to demonstrate the reflection of light)
  • recognising the refraction of light at the surfaces of different transparent materials, such as when light travels from air to water or air to glass (Skills: Numeracy)

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