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In year  5 we created Greek Masks using mod-roc!


Alexander Graham Bell

  • Occupation: Inventor
  • Born: March 3, 1847 in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Died: August 2, 1922 in Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Best known for: Inventing the telephone


Alexander Graham Bell is most famous for his invention of the telephone. He first became interested in the science of sound because both his mother and wife were deaf. His experiments in sound eventually let him to want to send voice signals down a telegraph wire. He was able to get some funding and hire his famous assistant Thomas Watson and together they were able to come up with the telephone. The first words spoken over the telephone were by Alex on March 10, 1876. They were "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you".

It turns out that other scientists had similar ideas. Bell had to race to the patent office in order to get his patent in first. He was first and, as a result, Bell and his investors had a valuable patent that would change the world. They formed the Bell Telephone Company in 1877. There have been many mergers and name changes over the years, but this company is known today as AT&T.

Where did Alexander Graham Bell grow up?

Bell was born on March 3, 1847 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He grew up in Scotland and was initially homeschooled by his father who was a professor. He later would attend high school as well as the University of Edinburgh.

Did Alexander Graham Bell only invent the telephone?

Bell actually had many inventions and did experimentation in many areas of science. Some of these include:

  • The Metal Detector - Bell invented the first metal detector which was used to try and find a bullet inside of President James Garfield.
  • Audiometer - A device used to detect hearing problems.
  • He did experimental work on aeronautics and hydrofoils.
  • He invented techniques which helped in teaching speech to deaf persons.
  • He made a device to help find icebergs.



Purpose of study:

Design and technology is a creative, practical and imaginative subject. It allows pupils to work with a variety of tools for cutting, joining and finishing as well as a range of kitchen equipment which is used for food technology. Children learn to use practical, electrical and computing components to design and make a number of different products. During their learning children will develop critical thinking skills, resourcefulness and presentational skills whilst they analyse and evaluate past and present designs.


The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils: develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world, build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users, pupils should be able to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others and should understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

At Airedale Junior School:

At Airedale Junior School, many of our technology lessons are closely tied to other subjects and the topics that the pupils study each half term. For example, in Year 3 during our ‘London’ topic, we learn about the structures and designs of different bridges. We then design and build our own models using cutting, folding and joining techniques and also develop some models using Lego! These lessons also incorporate maths and science skills to work out and test if our bridges will hold different loads, art skills to make our bridges look good and computing skills to document the process by   filming on iPad’s! Sometimes art and technology lessons are very closely linked. During the Year 6 topic on ‘Egyptians’, pupils make their own papyrus (very messy), then draw and paint hieroglyphics on it! Design and technology at Airedale Junior School is further enhanced by visitors who come into school and help us create huge scale models and designs. Year 3 build a scale model of a Stone Age round house, Year 4 tackle the making of a Viking Long-ship which is almost as big as the gym and Year 5 build the Trojan Horse from willow branches! All of these topics call upon a wide range of design and technology skills as well as lots of teamwork! Furthermore, food technology is also a huge part of our curriculum. We use our ‘Life-skills Room’ most afternoons for ‘Cook it’ lessons. We have an after school club where delicious meals are created and taken home and we even have a visit from the famous bread makers Warburtons to help us with our ‘Bread and Sandwich Snacks’ topic! At Airedale Junior School we love design and technology!

Link To Our School Policy (Design & Tech)
Link To Our School Policy (Design & Tech)