9th November 16

In Primary year 3 and 4 one of the activities we’ve done for the IPC project “Time and Place, Earth and Space” has been to carry out a simple investigation with one changing factor, predicting the outcome and using evidence from observation and measurement.


The students went down to the playground on a sunny day and, using some pieces of chalk, they traced the silhouette of various shadows: The basketball hoops and poles, some columns, signs, and their own shadows.

The children went back to the playground some time later to observe the changes and to find out what had happened to the shadows throughout the day. Then we discussed the results: the apparent movement of the sun- which indicates the direction of the movement of the Earth, and how shadows could be used to tell the time.

(Multiple Intelligences: Visual-spatial, Logical-mathematical, Interpersonal, Naturalistic)