Year 6 Autumn 1: Light - Crime Lab Investigation

A crime has been committed and the UK Crime Lab needs a team to analyse its evidence against six suspects. They need a team with mathematical prowess and a scientific line of attack. Could you be the team to tackle the mystery of the West Hollow High School laptop thief?

Hamilton’s Science scheme is new for 2016-17. It provides children with a broad but comprehensive experience of primary Science that systematically covers all of the National Curriculum objectives. Each year group is split into 6 blocks of 6 sessions, each of which can be completed within a half-term. We present them in a recommended teaching order, but you may adapt this to fit your requirements. Working scientifically, investigations and meaningful outcomes are fully incorporated in each block.

 

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01: Light specialists required

Take part in a Crime Lab light expert selection challenge. Do you have what it takes to join the investigation? Take a look at the initial crime report and cast your eye over the key suspects.

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02: Light travels in straight lines

The thief was spotted on CCTV ‘casing’ the school, using a torch. Can you demonstrate that light travels in straight lines and calculate plausible heights of the suspect based on their torch beam?

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03: Up periscope

We know that the thief could see round corners, and likely used a periscope. All suspects have one, but are they using materials that reflect well enough to see? Can you investigate and eliminate another suspect?

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04: Shadow giants

Many witnesses saw the thief in shadow form, but none of the sightings add up to the same person - each shadow was a different size! Explore how shadows can be deceptive and recreate each sighting to help identify the possible height of our thief.

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05: It's a rainbow world

How did our criminal read the encrypted laptop password that is too high up on the wall to see with the naked eye? And how did they decode it? Have a go at splitting white light into rainbow colours to help you crash through the password code.

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06: A trick of the colourful light filters

Our thief was spotted wearing not only a blue outfit, but also a red one and a yellow one. How is this possible and does it have something to do with the coloured transparencies found in the bin? Can you gather all of your evidence together to identify our key suspect?