Year 1, Term 3: Light and sound

Focus: Sources

Scope and sequence: Reflection, Refraction

Learning intention: Students explore the sources and behaviour of light and sound energy and plan their own experiments to investigate phenomena.

NSW Syllabus
Australian Curriculum (version 9.0)

"A student describes the characteristics and effects of common forms of energy, such as light and heat." (ST2-8PW-ST)
"A student describes common forms of energy and explores some characteristics of sound energy." (ST1-8PW-S)
"Students learn to identify sources of light, recognise that light travels in a straight path and describe how shadows are formed and light can be reflected and refracted." (AC9S5U03)
"Students learn to explore different actions to make sounds and how to make a variety of sounds, and recognise that sound energy causes objects to vibrate." (AC9S2U02)

Week 1

Introduction to the topic


Week 2

Colour wheels

A colour wheel can be attached to a pencil and spun to create the visual effect of merging all of the colours into white.


Week 3


Week 4


Week 5

Building a periscope

In this video (4:25) you will see how a periscope can be made to see around corners.


Week 6

Session 1 - Reflection

Session 2 - Refraction

K.Venkataramana, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Week 7


Week 8

The Doppler effect

Week 9


Week 10

Moderated self-assessment


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