TV and radio

24th February 2006 at 00:00
Robin Buss's pick of the week

The KNTV Show C4, Monday, February 27 to Thursday, March 2, 9.30-9.55am

"Whacky" is the word 4Learning would like you to apply to this science programme, which is a mix of animation and film clips set in the mythical communist state of Slabovia. Animated musicians, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche, introduce scientific facts, illustrated by weird film clips. We learn that pigs can't look upwards and that the best way to lose weight is with diet and exercise. Is it science? For the answer to that, you'll have to test in classroom conditions.

Mathsphere Edits BBC2, Thursday, March 2, 2-6am

Four hours of maths in 10-minute chunks make up these two units of Mathsphere - the first on algebra, the second on handling data. They aim to excite students' interest in key concepts and perhaps spark discussion.

There are lots of real-life examples to underline the relevance of mathematical ideas to everyday life.

Risk BBC2, Tuesdays, February 28 and March 7, 10.30-10.50am

This film in the environmental studies strand See You, See Me, is aimed at seven to nine-year-olds. The first part looks at identifying risks in daily life and examines how a child's assessment of physical and emotional risk may differ from an adult's.

Part two looks at the difficulty of communicating fear and why, sometimes, you must be brave enough not to act tough. But, of course, some risks have to be taken, both in attempting new activities and in making friends. We just have to learn to identify risks and assess them.

Pets and Animals BBC2, Thursdays, March 2-16, 10.30-10.45am

This three-parter in the What? Where? When? Why? strand begins by tracing the ecological importance of some very small creatures, before turning to larger animals. Finally, after learning how to care for pets, we find out how animals help humans in the working world.

Primary Geography: Mexico BBC2, Mondays, February 27 to March 13, 10.40-11am

Supporting the stage 2 geography curriculum, this series for 7 to 11-year-olds introduces viewers to the landscapes and people of Mexico.

First we visit Taxco, a silver-mining town. The second part explores southern Mexico and deforestation.

Finally, in Changing Settlements, we go to Mexico City and Tijuana to explore modern Mexico and its relations with its northern neighbour. A website ( compares and contrasts Mexico City and Belfast.

The series can be used to support the primary history unit on the Aztecs or other curriculum areas.

Folk Dance TV BBC2, Tuesdays, February 28 to March 14, 10.50-11.10am

Nine to 12-year-olds can learn the steps for a range of country dances and, in the final episode, simple morris dances.

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