Schools programmes: the term ahead

21st April 2000 at 01:00
New schools programmes for the summer term on Channel 4 include Top Team, for primary PE, and Number Crew: solving problems 2, for primary maths. BBC Schools starts the term with several series for pre-school children, material for primary maths, music, history and other areas, as well as a series for secondary Spanish and History File (both for key stage 4).

As last term, BBC secondary schools television programmes are being broadcast in regular slots overnight on BBC2, from 2am to 4am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, so teachers can record them.

Otherwise, cassettes are available to buy through the secondary school video tape service.


Pre-school programmes include Hotch Potch House (BBC2, May 2), which uses animated characters to teach a range of personal and social skills, and Music Box (Radio 3FM, May 2), the first element in the BBCPrimary Music course. Numbertime (BBC2, from May 2), for four to six-year-olds, starts the term with a programme about maths, followed by one about recognising shapes.

For key stage 1, Stories and Rhymes (Radio 3FM, May 2), Storytime (BBC2 from May 5) and Let's Make a Story (Radio 3FM, May 2) help to develop listening skills through story-telling, the last with emphasis on children for whom English is not the first language.

Number Crew: solving problems 2 (C4 from May 10) carries on from Number Crew: solving problems 1, with work for six to seven-year-olds on measuring, using rulers and dealing with money.

For key stage 2, Zig Zag (BBC2, from May 2) starts with a unit on Tudor life, Time and Tune (Radio 3FM, May 4), for developing music skills. First Steps in Drama (Radio 3FM, May 5) offers a variety o situations to stimulate children's imagination and encourage interaction.

Top Team (C4, Tuesdays from May 9) is designed for non-specialists teaching sports and games to seven to 11-year-olds. Each programme covers two sports, starting with football and netball, with leading stars appearing to give children coaching and help them overcome fear of failure.

Later in key stage 2, Music Workshop (Radio 3FM, May 5) invites children to become more involved in making and understanding music, Together: an Assembly for Schools (Radio 3FM, from May 4, to be reviewed in TES Friday next week) offers material for key stage 2 assembly, with songs and stories from different religions, and Ghostwriter (Radio 3FM, May 12) gives a group of children mysteries to solve with the help of an unusual friend who communicates only in writing. On BBC2, Landmarks looks at topics from modern history, including wartime evacuation.


For children with severe learning difficulties at key stages 3 and 4, BBC2 is broadcasting Go For It! (May 3), which shows by example how to cope with situations they may find challenging. For modern history at key stage 4, History File starts the summer term with programmes on Nazi Germany (BBC2, May 9), medicine (BBC2, May 10) and life during the Second World War (BBC2, May 11). There is also an attractive series for students of Spanish, designed for key stage 4. Voces Espa$olas (BBC2, May 2), offers an opportunity to listen to native speakers talking about the sort of subjects that should interest pupils in this age group.

Reviews of some of these and other schools programmes will appear throughout next term. Full schools listings return next week

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