Science KS2: Discovering the work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Dick and Dom describe the life and scientific works of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

He was born in 1806 in Portsmouth, England. In 1820, he worked with his father to build a tunnel under the Thames between Rotherhithe and Wapping.

Dick and Dom visit one of the most famous bridges that Brunel designed, the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol.

It was the highest and longest bridge in the world at its time.

The key scientific points are made in a fun and student-friendly way.

This short film is from the CBBC series, Absolute Genius with Dick & Dom.

In this entertaining series Dick and Dom learn about the geniuses whose ideas, creations and discoveries have shaped our world.

Teacher Notes

This short film could be used to promote a discussion on how famous scientists found the inspiration for their work.

Pupils could be challenged to research and present information on the inspiration for other important discoveries.

This could include Jenner, Pasteur and many others.

Curriculum Notes

This short film is suitable for teaching science at Key Stage 2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and Second Level in Scotland.

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Discovering the work of Leonardo da Vinci
Discovering the work of Michael Faraday
Discovering the work of Sir Isaac Newton
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