I’m thoroughly enjoying the outreach lessons, Year 6 is great fun to work with. This week was the second lesson of Horizon’s outreach programme and it was all about ‘The Sun’. The pupils learned a lot about the features of the Sun, solar energy, why the Sun appears to rise and set, and the dangers of the Sun.
The team tell me that this lesson was inspired by the fact that 2015 has been designated the ‘International Year of Light’:
The lesson included a number of experiments:
– a test to see how well sunscreen really works, using colour changing ultraviolet light sensitive beads and two strengths of sunscreen.
– an experiment involving solar powered toys, aimed at helping pupils to understand how solar panels work.
– an activity examining the effects of different light sources on refractive glasses.
– The final lesson activity was a small quiz which involved flashcards made by the team.
The pupils loved the refractive glasses experiment (you look at a light source and the glasses split white light into all of the different colours). The pupils all got to keep the glasses at the end of the lesson!
The UV Beads experiment was a big success and it illustrated the importance of good quality, high SPF protection when out in the Sun.
We all had a great time and I’m looking forward to next week’s lesson which will look at Project Horizon itself and the Atmosphere.