As one part of our inquiry into shadows and light we performed an experiment using different types of materials to see if light could travel through them. First we listed a range of materials to test such as newspaper, coloured paper, plastic, wood, foil, bubble wrap, baking paper and cloth. Students had to predict what they thought would happen. We talked about the terms transparent (when light goes through), translucent (only some light passes through) and opaque (no light passes through as it is either reflected or absorbed). Once all the predictions were done students got busy testing with a torch to see if the light did travel through or not. Here are some photos of us investigating this.