How microscopes work

This explanation text for year 6 and P7, linking to the topic light and vibrations and waves, explains how a modern compound microscope works. Many of the wonders of the universe, from living cells to tiny fossils, were invisible to scientists until the invention of the microscope.

This downloadable reading pack includes:

  • An A3 reading spread for you to print.
  • Reading comprehension question and answer sheets, differentiated using our magnifying glasses key (on the bottom right). One magnifying glass indicates easier and two means harder.
Year 6
How microscopes work

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