Y3 Making and Reading a Sundial

Pupils learn that in the past sundials were used to help people tell the time of day and that because the Earth spins the Sun appears to move across the sky, the changing shadows produced by the Sun can be used to tell the time. Pupils then build and teat their own sundials.

Learning Objectives:

  • PoS - find patterns that determine the size of shadows; recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect their eyes
  • NaG - pupils should look for patterns in what happens to shadows when the light source moves or the distance between the light source and the object changes
  • WS - pupils should using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings; gather, record, classify and present data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions; make systematic and careful observations using results to draw simple conclusions

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Sigma Science – Year 3