Lab_13 Irchester’s 4th Birthday

What a day we have had! Lab_13 Irchester is four during the half term break, so we decided to celebrate in style with International Year of Light themed activities. First, the whole school enjoyed a shadow performance of ‘The Jungle Book’ performed by the Indigo Moon Theatre Company: Year 2 enjoyed it so much they made some shadow puppets of their own:


Years 3 and 4 were lucky enough to have a workshop with the theatre group and were able to investigate making shadows of different shapes and sizes: DSCN0367DSCN0368 In the Lab, Miss Draper was creating coloured shadows by blocking red, green and blue light and children investigated the effect of sun cream using photochromatic beads: DSCN0545 DSCN0549 And our budding artists created a playground scene using blue, yellow and red pencils, which looks different pictures depending on which colour light filter you look through: DSCN0539DSCN0561DSCN0554  DSCN0556 After spending so much time looking at blocking light, Foundation Stage and Year 6 decided to harness light. Year 6 made their own solar ovens and cooked scrumptious smores:

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And Foundation Stage made lights using water bottles – bottle lights were invented by Alfredo Moser and are used in poverty stricken areas of the Philippines where electricity is too expensive for many:


We also held a ‘Shadow Art’ competition – the winner gets to take their class in the lab for a day. A few of the entries are shown here…which one would you choose? DSCN0565  DSCN0569 DSCN0572DSCN0567cropped Phew – time for a holiday I think!

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