Students will explore why the ocean water looks blue by learning about light – how it travels and how we see colours of objects. They will observe some experiments with water and light and will be challenged to explore light by completing their own experiments using the scientific inquiry process of prediction, observation and explanation.

Learning outcomes

Students will:

  • Observe when light hits an object one of four things might occur –
    a. it could be absorbed by the surface
    b. it could be scattered by the object
    c. it could be partly scattered and partly absorbed
    d. it could be reflected
  • Learn that light travels in straight lines and is made up of waves (visible light spectrum)
  • Recognise that the colour of an object depends on the properties of the object and the colour of the light source


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