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Science Alive! Fantastic Light featuring The Lighthouse Keeper’s Rescue

Written by Rhonda and David Armitage

Suitable for: 5-7 years (Key stage 1), 7-11 years (Key stage 2), Teachers

Available braille grades: Grade 1, Grade 2

This collection combines a classic picture book with tactile images and audio material to explain the key concepts of light covered by the national curriculum for Key Stage 1, but it may be of useful for older children. The Lighthouse Keeper’s Rescue follows Mr. Grinling in his day-to-day job taking care of a lighthouse perched high on the cliffs. One day, lighthouse inspectors tell Mr Grinling it’s time to retire but when a stranded whale desperately needs help, the inspectors realise that Mr Grinling is still the best man for the job. Once children have read the story of Mr Grinling, they’ll explore the science of light using additional hand-painted tactile images and audio. They’ll follow the curves of the rainbow and learn about its colours, explore the idea of reflection and why it occurs, find out about shadows and learn all about the part electricity plays in creating light. Includes audio descriptions read by CBEEBIES presenter Katrina Bryan. This fact book may support subjects in the National Curriculum and is great as an educational resource in class, home-schooling, homework-help, project work and encouraging independent learning.

Listen to an audio clip

Go back to the reflection of the swan. Can you feel that it is flat and not plump and curvy like the real swan above it? This is because it is an image on the surface of the water, not an actual swan. If you feel very carefully over the swan's reflection, you will notice some wavy lines here and there. These are ripples on the surface of the water, which happen because the water is moving slightly. If the swan was sitting on a mirror, its reflection would not be wobbly like this, as the surface of a mirror does not move.

What's inside

  • A collection of raised tactile pictures.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • A large print colour image pack.
  • Guidance notes for parents and teachers to help you make the most of using this book.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

Shadows
A swan’s reflection
A rainbow

Inside the picture book:
Mr and Mrs Grinling and their cat
The lighthouse at night
The whale on the beach

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