Perception & Illusion 4: Playing with Perspective

How can I use perspective to trick my brain?

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The nature of perspective means that we sometimes experience things not as they really are. Through activities, illusions, photography and discussions about how perspective can be ‘forced’ and shaped, this lesson plan invites pupils aged 7–11 to explore how our brains use the environment around us to make sense of what we’re seeing.

Developed for Dreamachine by A New Direction with the British Science Association, this 10-page lesson plan is one of three ‘Perception & Illusion’ resources for pupils aged 7–11. It includes prompts for questions and discussions, plus links and resources for further learning.

Lesson plan

Curriculum links

Science: Working Scientifically
Key Stage: KS2

Northern Ireland:
The World Around Us: Interdependence
Key Stages: KS1, KS2

Sciences: Experiences, Outcomes
Levels: First Level, Second Level

Science & Technology: Principles of Progression, What Matters
Progression Steps: PS2, PS3