Year 5

Light and Solar Energy


Light and Solar Energy

Conduct engaging light experiments using different light energy sources.

In this unit students investigate how light from different sources can form shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted. Students will develop an understanding of fair testing in simple light experiments. Students will use their understanding of light and energy to create a greenhouse.

Key Activities

  • Explore light energy

  • Exploring light sources

  • Investigating light shadows

  • Experimenting with light shadows (optional)

  • Investigate light reflection, refraction and absorption

  • Explore absorption of solar energy

  • Analyse solar schools data (Mathematics)

  • Making a difference: build a greenhouse (Extension)

Key Concepts

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

  • Light from the sun can be used as an energy source.


Everything you see has been aligned to the Australian curriculum!

Take a look below to see the learning outcomes for each subject area.