EYFS units: The Lighting Technician
Resources and activities themed around a STEM job, to build language and understanding around the world of work.
Lighting technicians design the way lights are used in television programmes, films, concerts, in the theatre or to light up buildings, statues or bridges from the outside.
Lighting technicians are:
Observant and look carefully at light and shadows.
Creative in the way they use lights to make people feel happy, sad, frightened or excited.
Collaborative when they work in a team to set up lights for shows, filming and events.
Mathematics ELG: Number – have a deep understanding of numbers to 10
Understanding the World ELG: Past and Present – Talk about the lives of the people around them and their roles in society;
Understanding the World ELG: People, Culture and Communities – Describe their immediate environment using knowledge from observation, discussion, stories, non-fiction texts and maps;
Understanding the World ELG: The Natural World – Understand some important processes and changes in the natural world around them, including the seasons and changing states of matter.
Expressive Arts and Design ELG: Creating with Materials
– Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function;
– Share their creations, explaining the process they have used;
– Make use of props and materials when role playing characters in narratives and stories.
We have designed these STEM focused questions to use alongside the questioning you would usually use when reading a story.
These adult led activities and provocations will support the introduction of the lighting technician career to the children in your setting.
We have included these links to our related STEM at home activities. These could be sent out for families to try at home, or run in school at a family session.
You can download our lighting technician poster to use in your setting.
Lighting technicians design and implement the lighting for live and pre-recorded media events such as concerts, television programmes, films and public events. Lighting is crucial to any production, setting ambiance, mood and style to the event.
The production director of an event decides what they want from the lighting and explains this to the lighting technician. It is the task of the lighting technician to use their creativity to bring that vision to reality.
A lighting technician needs to collaborate with stagehands, riggers and electricians. They set up the configurations of lights which are remotely controlled by a control board. During a production, the lighting technician may need to sit at the board and observe pre-determined cues to set different lighting effects in action. Sequences of effects are often configured with computer programming.
As well as being collaborative, creative and observant, a lighting technician needs to have a good level of personal fitness and endurance, be good at manual work and comfortable with heights!