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Light Waves Workshop

Physics light workshop for schools

This light waves workshop contains eight or more practical activities covering all major topics in the national curriculum including reflection, refraction, diffraction, pinhole camera, focusing, light spectrum, colored lights, and the eye. The activities are tailored for each key stage group.


We can deliver sessions in parallel.
1 instructor can deliver the following in a full day:
Primary: 4 sessions x 1 hr 15 mins
(30 students per session)
Secondary+: 5 sessions x 1 hr
(20 students per session)
Contact us for larger events.

Age Group

Y3 - Y10

Light Ray Boxes

Brief introduction to light waves with our light ray boxes.



Observe how light waves reflect off mirrors.


Refraction, Diffraction and Convex Lenses

Conduct further experiments with our optical kits to learn about refraction with glass blocks. Learn how light is focused inside the eye with a convex lens. Additionally, create a rainbow of coloured light waves by splitting a narrow beam of white light.

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Newton's Disc and Light Spectrum

Conduct the rotating disc physics experiment to demonstrate how white light is composed of colours of the rainbow.


Typical Workshop Day*

Usually, we will reset the session and repeat it for more groups of children on the same day. On occasions, we will end the day with a street-dance performance.

* The activities may vary on the day depending on the length of the workshops and the age and ability of the students.