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True Stories - Alexander Graham Bell
Alexander Graham Bell tells the story of his life and describes how he invented the telephone. Told in the first person, and brought to life with a mix of drama, movement, music and animationWe see Bell as a boy, fascinated by sound, growing up with a mother who was almost deaf, and a father who worked with deaf people, helping them learn to speak. Bell would play piano for his mother, and help her follow a conversation by tapping a code out on her arm. He grew up with lots of ideas about how sound worked and what you could do with it. He and his brother came up with a machine that could (almost) replicate the human voice. When he was asked to work on ways to improve the telegraph machine, Bell hit upon another idea. He thought that rather than sending a code along an electrical wire, that it might be possible to send the actual sound of a human voice along a wire. With the help of a man called Watson they built a device that just might work. An accident proved him right, and the telephone was born. First broadcast on the BBC Learning Zone in March 2012 as part of the series True Stories.
A stimulus for dance, drama and writing for different genre ie. diary writing, report writing, letter writing, persuasive writing, biography. Creative entry point for historical study – famous people; science – investigating sound; DT – making string telephones; maths – investigating codes.
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