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Alexander Graham Bell

We all think of the phone when it comes to Alexander Graham Bell, as he was the inventor of this amazing piece of technology. But he was much more than that…read on to find out all about him!

Alexander Graham Bell was a famous inventor.

He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 3, 1847. Wow that was a long time ago! He died in Nova Scotia in Canada on August 2, 1922.

Why Did Alexander Graham Bell Invent the Telephone?

This is quite an amazing story. He first became interested in the science of sound as both his mother and his wife were deaf.

  • His experiments in sound eventually allowed him to send voice signals down a telegraph wire. Wow!
  • He managed to get some money from someone and hired someone to help him. His name was Thomas Watson. The two of them together came up with the telephone! Pretty cool.
  • The first words spoken were by Alexander on March 10, 1876. Any guesses what he said? Well he said, “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.”
  • Loads of other scientists had very similar ideas and he had to race to the patent office to make sure he was the first one there and that he would be known for inventing the telephone.
  • Bell and the people who had lent him the money, called investors, formed the Bell Telephone Company in 1877.
  • There have been heaps of name changes to the company name, but today you will know the telephone company as AT&T. They sure should be grateful to Mr. Bell for what he did!

Did He Only Invent the Telephone? 

He actually had loads of inventions and did experiments in many different areas of science. Here are some the things he invented:

  • The Metal Detector – Bell invented the first metal detector which was used to try and find a bullet inside of President James Garfield. Wow, that’s pretty neat.
  • Audiometer – A device used to detect hearing problems.
  • He did experimental work on aeronautics and hydrofoils.
  • He invented ways that helped in teaching speech to deaf people.
  • He made a device to help find icebergs.

Words you need to know

Aeronautics – the science of building things that fly like aircraft

Hydrofoils – a type of boat




Our Science Curriculum 18-19... 



Purpose of Study:

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.


The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

·         Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics

·      Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them

·      Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

In lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4) at Airedale pupils will be taught to: broaden their scientific view of the world around them. They should do this through exploring, talking about, testing and developing ideas about everyday ideas and the relationships between living things and different environments. They should ask their own questions about what they observe and make some decisions about how best to answer their questions. They should understand the meaning of a fair test, make predictions and draw simple conclusions and use some scientific language.

In upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6) at Airedale pupils will be taught to: explore ideas and ask different kinds of questions. They should begin to select and plan the most appropriate type of scientific experiments to answer scientific questions. This will include setting up a fair experiment and understanding the term variables. They should use and develop keys and other information records to identify, classify and describe living things and materials, and identify patterns that might be found in the natural environment. They should make their own decisions about what observations to make, what measurements to use and how long to make them for, and whether to repeat them; choose the most appropriate equipment to make measurements and explain how to use it accurately. They should use scientific language and illustrations to discuss and justify their scientific ideas and should talk about how scientific ideas have developed over time.