Robin Buss's pick of the week
Watch: Faith Stories. BBC2, Fridays, December 6 and 13, 1-1.30pm
These four programmes for five to seven-year-olds use stories to illustrate different faiths: Sikhism, Judaism, Islam and Christianity, with animation and documentary footage. The series is available in a Video Plus pack (tel: 0870 830 8000) and there is a website on religious festivals at www.bbc.co.ukschoolsreligion.
Children in Victorian Britain
BBC2, Fridays, December 2-16, 10.30-10.50am
This series has three programmes for primary history (ages 7 to 11) about 19th-century children. The emphasis is on finding and using historical sources: each episode includes visits to buildings and museums that help us understand Victorian society. The first film, Children at Work, shows life was not all hobbyhorses and gingerbread men, although there was some improvement as the century progressed. Education is the subject of the second film. www.bbc.co.ukschoolsvictorians
The Magic Pencil
BBC2, Thursdays, December 8 and 15, 10.30-10.45am, and Monday, December 12, 11.15-11.45am
An introduction to the alphabet for five and six-year-olds: forming letters and voicing the initial sounds. Printable worksheets at www.bbc.co.ukschoolswordsandpicturesphonicsmagicpencil
Biology 1 and 2
BBC2, Wednesday, December 7, 2-4am
AS Guru turns to biology, with two programmes on molecules, organs, ecology, cells, genetics and biotech. Later in the week, at the same time, we have science curriculum bites (Friday, December 9) for 11 to 16-year-olds, with topics broken into four to five-minute chunks. Between the two, also overnight, the Science Zone (Thursday, December 8) shows 10 to 14-year-olds how science operates in the world beyond the classroom.
The Snow Queen
CBBC, Sunday, December 4, 6-6.55pm
A tale for Christmas and a chilling one. Hans Christian Andersen's story tells how Gerda travels through the northlands to find Kay, her friend who has been captured by the evil Snow Queen.
Peter and the Wolf
BBC Radio 4, Saturday, December 3, 10.30-11am
Not a performance of Prokofiev's 1936 orchestral piece, but an exploration of its meanings with the help of those who have played the part of the Narrator, including Richard Baker, Terry Wogan and Floella Benjamin.
Bigger Than Jesus
BBC Radio 2, Saturday, December 3, 8.30-9.30pm
BBC Radio is devoting several programmes this week to John Lennon, including this documentary about the fuss over the 1966 interview in which he said: "We're more popular than Jesus now."