21st January 2000 at 00:00
Both Channel 4 and BBC Schools have two new series each to support the numeracy hour. Top of the list is Channel 4's marvellous Number Crew for six to seven-year-olds, which this term will be tackling calculations. Each week the crew have a new problem to solve, the repetition is thorough and embellished by catchy songs and puzzles.

For the same age group from the BBC there's Number Adventures, a dazzling animation in which mathematical challenges are this term linked to shape and measuring length. BBC's Megamaths for seven to nine-year-olds has a raft of new human presenters to coer the notoriously difficult world of fractions, and makes imaginative use of the victorious men's 400m relay team to demonstrate quarters.

TVM: Puzzle Maths from Channel 4 employs graphics, animation and live action to approach problem-solving seven to nine-year-olds.

Janette Wolf

Megamaths: BBC2, Mondays 11.50-12.10pm, January 17 - February 14

Number Adventures: BBC2, Tuesdays 9-9.15am, January 18 - February 14

TVM: puzzle maths: C4, Tuesdays 10.10.25am, February 29 - March 28

The Number Crew 2: C4, Wednesdays 10-10.10am, January 19 to March 29

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