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Robin Buss's pick of the week

KS3 Bitesize Revision: Science BBC2, Wednesday-Friday, May 4-6, 2-4am

The last three in this series of Bitesize Revision programmes are about science. The first night's work is on life processes and chemical reactions, followed by chemistry and physics, including acids and alkalis, magnets, light, sound, electricity and other hair-raising stuff. The last night covers similar topics from chemistry, biology and physics from a more advanced angle.

Key Stage 1 Science Clips BBC2, Fridays to May 27, 11.20-11.30am

The best way with science, especially when introducing it to the very young, is probably to be swift and brief. These 10-minute films for 5-to-7-year olds deal with topics on biology, materials and electricity with attractive graphics and lots of examples from everyday life. This week we meet plants and animals in the local environment and follow their development. The clips are also available in a video or DVD format (pound;37.99 from BBC customer services on 0870 830 8000). Go to for more.

The Way Things Work BBC2, Thursdays and Fridays to May 27, 10.30-10.45am

All you ever wanted to know about how things work, from heating and telecommunication to the mammoths that live on Mammoth Island. This aims, via neat graphics, to explain the principles of physics to 7-to-9-year olds. This week, Olive discovers photography while watching golf on Mammoth Island, plus random echoes and reverberations explain the nature of sound.

Watch: Our Friends BBC2, Tuesday, May 3, 5-5.30am

These two 15-minute programmes for PSHE, PSD and citizenship with 5-to-7-year olds are presented by children who discuss the subject of friendship. We start with how to make new friends and how to keep them. The second part is on special friends, for example overcoming language barriers, plus staying in touch when circumstances keep you apart.

Just Poetry Year 3 BBC Radio 4, Thursday, May 5, 3.55-4.30am

"Just Poetry" is designed to support the range of reading indicated for each year and term group across ages 7-to-11, starting with this series for Year 3, where a variety of texts is meant to stimulate appreciation and encourage listeners to write their own poems. Subjects include contrasting poems on the senses, oral and performance poetry from different cultures and, finally in this group, humorous poetry.

Where the Wild Kids Are BBC Radio 4, Friday, April 28, 11-11.30am

In 1972, in an attempt to escape from the confines of the nuclear family, two "tribes" of six couples were set up in Leeds and London whose members agreed to share their children, all of them adopting the common surname Wild. In this radio documentary, Gerry Kennedy tracks down survivors of the experiment, now in their 30s, to find out how it affected them and whether they have adopted a more conventional lifestyle than their parents - an unusual study of the alternative family over time.

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