This term's schools television and radio schedules include a range of new series with particular emphasis on primary and secondary English.
Book Box: Thief! Channel 4, Mondays, 9.45am, repeated Wednesdays, 9.45am, beginning January 15. Teacher's guide, Pounds 3.95. Story book, Pounds 3.50. Educational Television Company, 01926 433333.
This English series for 7 to 11-year-olds, which in the autumn replaced Talk, Write and Read, enters its second term with an adaptation of Malorie Blackman's children's novel, Thief. The story tells of how a 12-year-old girl is unfairly accused of stealing the school sports cup and of causing an accident. Upset when her schoolfriends turn against her, she runs away to the moors, where a mysterious wind sweeps her up and takes her 60 years into the future.
Inside Art. Channel 4, Mondays, 11.15am, repeated Wednesdays, 11.15am, beginning January 15. Teacher's guide, Pounds 3.95. Posters, showing line, tone, shape, colour, pattern and texture, Pounds 8.27 each. Educational Television Company, 01926 433333.
This five-part series for 7 to 11-year-olds uses a stop-frame camera to show the step-by-step development of a piece of art. The programmes visit the studios of five contemporary artists, each of whom has been commissioned to produce a piece of work for the series. Each artist's different approach is followed, from initial ideas to the finished work, with styles that vary from the humorous to images with strong social messages.
Look and Read: Spywatch. BBC2, Mondays, 10.45am, repeated Fridays, 11am, beginning January 15. Work books, Pounds 4.99 for five. Audio-cassette, Pounds 5.99. Story books, Pounds 6.50 for five. Photocopy masters, Pounds 8.90. Video, Pounds 39.99. BBCEducation, 0181 746 1111.
This new drama in the primary English series centres on a group of children evacuated to a country house during World War Two. The drama, which features Rosemary Leach and Lesley Joseph, is designed to develop language and literacy skills, with each episode including a teaching section, songs, rhymes and reading from the screen.
Scene. BBC2, Fridays, 1pm, beginning January 19. Free scripts available from BBC Education, 0181 746 1111.
This long-running and award-laden series returns with a set of new dramas for teenagers. Prisoners in Time (February 2 and 9) is a two-part play, written by Ariel and Rodrigo Dorfman, which tells the story of a former Far East prisoner of war and his meeting with a man he believes to have been one of his Japanese torturers. A Figure of Eight (March 1) examines family relationships, with the story of a young woman who keeps her mother's affair a secret from her father, and then experiences guilt when her father dies in a road accident. The People are the Forest (March 22) is a political drama set against the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.
Drama Workshop. Radio 3FM, Wednesdays, 2.40pm, beginning January 17.
All this term's programmes are new, providing support for upper primary listening and language skills, through drama lessons. The new units include Climate Crisis, telling the story of two children facing severe weather; The Wall, which looks at the Roman occupation of Britain; It Wasn't Me, Miss, which considers bullying and the power of peer pressure, and The Tudors, in which a 16th-century apothecary describes his life in Warwickshire. As well as supporting drama and English, the programmes are designed to provide cross-curricular links for history and personal and social education.
TES2 JANUARY 12 1996