We completed our final session at West Exe Children’s Centre this week, rounding up our work with the participants on shadows. The children have really developed their understanding of shadows quite significantly. Playing with light and props, they were starting to control their shadows - adding to them to change their shape and size by use of cardboard and their distance from the light source. Over the four weeks we have experienced some intriguing comments from the group: ‘My shadow is getting bigger’, ‘My shadow is really tall’, ‘That shadow is me’. Watching the film back each week enabled the group to focus on how their shadows work and isolated the shadows enough for them to really understand what they were. On week one they found it difficult to even acknowledge what their shadow was, but by week four they could control their shadow and could recognize their shadows apart from other people’s. This was a huge step for their learning and understanding. The playful approach to these sessions was key here, enabling them to explore quite abstract concepts. Below is a short film that was mostly to document their shadows for their own viewing, but also gives an idea of the way the activities and session grew.