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Explore Changing Shadows

In this worksheet, students will explore the effect that changing the direction of light has upon shadows and the role that the Sun plays in forming and changing shadows as it moves throughout the day.

'Explore Changing Shadows' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 3 Science worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Light

Curriculum subtopic:   Changes in Shadows

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Me and my shadow - we go everywhere together.  Well, that'd be pretty much true, as long as there's some light to make a shadow.


boy roller skating with shadow


But what happens when there's more light or less light? What happens when the Sun moves across the sky as the day progresses? Is my shadow affected?

The answer to this is - yes!

Where the Sun is in the sky, and how much sunlight there is, really does affect the shadows that are made.


In this picture, it is a cloudy day, so there are not very strong shadows behind this girl and her dog.


girl walking dog

Remember, the angle that the light is coming from means that the shadow will appear in the opposite direction.


If the light is to the side, the shadows appear longer.

If the light is closer or directly above, then shadows appear shorter.


Use these facts to help you answer these questions!


boy thinking


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