Schools television

8th January 1999 at 00:00

Continuing with a tradition for hard-hitting social dramas, Scene kicks off the term with one of its most controversial so far. Based on Melvin Burgess's Carnegie award-winning novel Junk, the story follows a group of disaffected teenagers whose lives are blighted by drugs, which earned it the soubriquet "Trainspotting for teenagers".

The novel, roundly condemned by some as glamorising nefarious habits, also drew considerable praise for its refreshing lack of moralising and its gritty realism. Whether the adaptation manages to achieve this delicate balance remains to be seen.

Scene forms part of the BBC Education's personal and social education campaign ID: Learning to Be You. This pulls together a selection of programmes on substance misuse and will mix real-life case studies with drama. Teacher's notes and resources, plus videos are available from BBC Education, tel: 01937 541001.

Scene: Junk BBC2, Friday 15, 12-12.30pm. Finishes on January 29.


Just when you thought the literacy hour was sorted, you now have to start thinking about numeracy. Luckily, Channel 4 Schools and BBC Education are one step ahead with new programmes in several important maths series.

BBC's Numbertime focuses on counting skills for four to six-year-olds and covers numbers 11-20; Megamaths this term looks at measure (seven to nine-year-olds) and Maths Challenge is an interactive arithmetic quiz on Radio 3, for nine to 11-year-olds.

All programmes have accompanying teacher's resources. Telephone as above.

Channel 4's series TVM presents Puzzle Maths for seven to nine-year-olds, which uses games to motivate and stimulate. It comes with a teacher's guide and activity book.

The Number Crew deals with calculations (five to six-year-olds) and for secondary children there is Enter the Maths Zone, which is set in the mythical garden of reason.

For tapes and resources, tel: 01926 436444.

Numbertime BBC2, Tuesdays, 9.45am Megamaths BBC2, Tuesdays, 11.15am Maths Challenge Radio3, 4.15am The Number Crew C4, Tuesdays, 10am TVM: Puzzle Maths C4, Tuesdays, 10.10am Enter the Maths Zone C4, Fridays, 10.45am BEST OF THE REST

The number of students applying to read archaeology has apparently soared over the past couple of years. Why?

Some would say it is all down to one man: Tony Robinson, whose Time Team is back for a sixth series. The format will be more or less the same: Tony, plus diggers, descends on a location, then has three days to unearth its long-dead secrets.

This batch of programmes will feature an 11th-century cathedral under a grammar school in Norwich, East Anglia, and a 12,000-year-old settlement underneath Cheddar Gorge, Somerset.Time TeamChannel 4, Sundays, 5.30pm. Finishes on March 28.

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