C4, Monday-Friday, March 22-26, 10.45-11am
The five items in the title are used to illustrate aspects of the faith of (respectively) Hindus, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists and Sikhs. Each programme begins with a brief explanation of why the object has particular importance for the faith in question, then its significance in the everyday life of believers is explained by a young member of the community, in the context of reglious beliefs, festivals or worship. This leads into a story taken from the history or scripture of the religion, for example the escape of the Jews from Egypt and the crossing of the Red Sea. Designed for five to seven-year-olds, this is an attractively packaged introduction to different forms of worship.
Applied gcsEASE:Health and Social Care
C4, Friday-Friday, March 19-26, 9.30-9.55am
A look into the casebooks of social services in Gloucester and Wandsworth turns up a number of people with very different needs: a family with a child suffering from cerebral palsy, a woman in her sixties who has arthritis, a young man partially paralysed after a car accident and families coping with young children. The programmes consist of three units, the first giving an overview of the social services and their customers, the second trying to define what we mean by health and well-being, and the third showing how relationships and events affect us at different stages of life. Together this adds up to a fairly comprehensive account of how different agencies - family, friends, health service, social services - can combine to deal with social problems.
Citizenship - Making Decisions
BBC2, Mondays, March 22 and 29, 11.50am-12.10pm
These two new programmes for seven to nine-year-olds look at decision-making within the family and in the community. They consist of short sequences leading up to an open-ended question, to explore choices and their consequences. They tie in with the curriculum for environmental studies and ideas outlined in the "Education for Citizenship" discussion paper.
The Genius of Mozart
BBC2, Friday, March 19, 9-10pm
Conductor Charles Hazlewood presents this dramatised three-part documentary on Mozart's life and music. It starts with an account of Mozart's early years in Salzburg, the encouragement given to his precocious talent by his father, Leopold, and their travels in Europe. This leads us to one of Mozart's most important works, the Piano Concerto in D Minor, K466, which Hazlewood convincingly reads as the composer's reaction to Leopold's possessive love for him. Kenneth Cranham is outstanding as the elder Mozart, on whose letters the script for this first part is largely based.
Afterwards, on BBC4, Hazlewood presents Mozart Uncovered, a parallel three-parter in which he analyses a particular work by the composer and rehearses it with the Mozart Collective. This week, the piece is, naturally, the D Minor Piano Concerto. None of this is intended primarily for musicians: Hazlewood is keen for both series to be available to a wide general audience, and they would make excellent material for secondary schools.
Full listings can be found at:www.bbc.co.ukschoolsguidewww.bbc.co.ukschoolswhatsontvsecondary_mon th.shtmlwww.channel4.comlearningmainprogrammestv_schedule.htm