The Properties of Light workshop aligned perfectly with the curriculum and supported the Year 5 students knowledge and understanding of the topic. The students had fun while being fully engaged with the numerous activities and equipment provided. I would recommend Big Bang Education and this workshop to all Year 5 classes because there is very little busy teachers have to do prior to the visit, it's fun, educational, and reasonably priced. Thank you!
Vicki Bath
Year 5 Teacher, Shailer Park State School
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Big Bang Education’s Properties of Light workshop program has been designed to help teachers achieve the Australian Curriculum science understanding in Physical Sciences for Year 5:

  • Light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted (ACSSU080).

Year 5 students will participate in a hands-on workshop investigating the properties of light. Students will learn about how light is reflected, refracted and absorbed by different materials; experiment with mirrors to direct beams of light; observe the effects of different coloured light on the appearance of an object; and be surprised by optical illusions.

Workshops are facilitated by a professional science educator.

For more information about our Year 5 Physical Sciences program, please contact us.

Program Outline

The program includes:

  • 90 minute hands-on workshop for each individual class (maximum of 30 children per group)
  • Follow-up worksheets emailed to the booking teacher

Depending on your daily timetable, we can cater for 2-4 classes per day.

See a sample timetable for a day of workshops.

See pricing details for our workshops.



  • A large indoor space – your school hall is ideal!
  • 10 large tables for workshop materials
  • Access to a power point

No access to water is required for this program.

Curriculum Links

The Year 5 Physical Sciences program covers the following areas of the Australian Curriculum (version 8.1).

Light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted (ACSSU080)

Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and reflects historical and cultural contributions (ACSHE081)

Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE083)

With guidance, pose clarifying questions and make predictions about scientific investigations (ACSIS231)

Identify, plan and apply the elements of scientific investigations to answer questions and solve problems using equipment and materials safely and identifying potential risks (ACSIS086)

Construct and use a range of representations, including tables and graphs, to represent and describe observations, patterns or relationships in data using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS090)

Reflect on and suggest improvements to scientific investigations (ACSIS091)

Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations (ACSIS218)