Science KS2: Discovering the work of Delia Derbyshire

Dick and Dom from 'Absolute Genius' describe the work of Delia Derbyshire who helped develop electronic music.

She is well remembered for producing the Doctor Who theme tune.

This was the first time many people had heard electronic music.

She developed this entirely new type of music by playing notes on tape and then speeding them up or slowing them down.

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 is ideally suited to introducing pupils the significant achievements of Delia Derbyshire.

Any study of the 20th century will need to explore the impact of the worlds of science and technology on everyday life.

Pupils could discuss the impact of Delia Derbyshire on their lives.

Do electronic music and sound effects like this deserve a place among the most significant events of the 20th century?

What has been its impact on everyday life?

Does Delia deserve the title 'absolute genius'?

How might you decide if someone is/was a genius, and how much impact they have had on people's lives?

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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