Mrs Davies set Year 3 a Science challenge, to investigate what makes objects shiny? The children held each object up and asked whether or not it was shiny. They decided that the shiny ones are not sources of light, since light is reflected off them and then enters our eyes. We can’t see them when there is no light or when it is dark.
Together we agreed that reflection is the returning of light from a surface – a ray of light shines on the surface and it is reflected back into our eyes so that we can see the object/material. Shiny, smooth objects are good at reflecting light and rough, bumpy surfaces appear matte or dull. Who knew that Science could be such fun!