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Spring 2009

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Music Workshop
(Radio 4 Digital, Thursdays 3:00am)
Time for Drama
(Radio 4 Digital, Tuesdays 3:45am)
Numbertime
(not broadcast this term, but new resources were released)
Words and Pictures
(BBC2, Mondays & Fridays 11:00am)
GCSE Bitesize Revision
(BBC2, 4:00am from 24th March)
Channel 4 primary resources catalogue

BBC Radio

BBC Radio 4 Digital

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
03:00 3:00 Something to Think AboutI Wonder Why... / Amazing Animal Journeys 3:00 Let's Move 3:00 Music WorkshopHeroes of Troy 3:00 TogetherThe Media / Journeys / Fun and Laughter
03:15 3:15 Hop, Skip and Jump 3:15 Music for Dance
3:20 Time to Move 3:20 Dance Workshop
03:30 3:30 Hopscotch 3:30 A Christmas Carol
3:40 The Song TreeRockpool Rap / The Emperor and the Nightingale 3:40 Story Pack
03:45 3:45 Time for Drama 3:45 WW2 Clips / Britain Since 1930 3:45 Street Child
04:00


BBC Radio Ulster MW

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
11:00 11:00 Learning Teabreak
11:15
11:20 More Musical Mysteries
11:30
11:40 Blaisín
11:45
12:00

Notes & New Programmes

Programmes ran from Tuesday 13th January to Friday 27th March 2009, with no broadcasts in the week beginning 16th February due to half term.

Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 via digital services (ie. on DAB, Freeview and cable & satellite television and to "listen live" on the BBC website, but not analogue FM or LW radio transmissions), replacing the rebroadcast of BBC World Service programmes for one hour overnight - the World Service itself is transmitted on all of the same digital services so the loss of programmes makes no odds.

All programmes were available as RealAudio files on the BBC School Radio website for seven days after the radio broadcast of each episode. Four series were available as podcasts this term - Let's Move, Music Workshop, Something to Think About and Together. MP3 files of each episode in these series were available for 7 days after the radio broadcast of the episode, and once the files were downloaded they could be kept indefinitely.

The Music Workshop: Heroes of Troy website was heavily promoted during the term, both during the Music Workshop programmes and by the continuity announcer between other programmes, however the website itself was not available until early April 2009, after the broadcasts and announcements had finished.

As there were only 9 episodes in the reading of A Christmas Carol, the Friday 3:30am slot in the final week of term was filled with songs from Heroes of Troy and the Time and Tune units Let's Go (due for broadcast in the summer term) and The Wind in the Willows, introduced by the continuity announcer.

There were only six episodes of Blaisín on BBC Radio Ulster MW, so from Tuesday 3rd March onwards the schools broadcasts ended at 11:40am and the Gerry Anderson show resumed on the medium wave service.

All of the series which were available as podcasts were new this term, and so was Dance Workshop and the Radio Ulster series Learning Teabreak, for teachers for home listeners.

BBC Television

BBC2

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
11:00 11:00 Words and PicturesFun with Phonics 11:00 Seasonal SnapshotsWinter / Spring 11:00 Science ClipsKey Stage 2A 11:00 The Maths ChannelYear 3 / Year 4 11:00 Words and PicturesFun with Phonics (rpt)
11:10 Telling TalesEnglish / French 11:10 Let's Write Non-Fiction 11:10 BBC Primary GeographyMexico 11:10 Razzle Dazzle
11:15
11:20 BBC Primary HistoryThe Romans in Britain / Black History / Indus Civilisation 11:20 Thinking Skills 11:20 Telling Tales
11:30 11:30 Hands Up!The Iron Man / Fantastic Mr Fox etc 11:30 Something Special 11:30 Telling Tales 11:30 Science Clips Investigates
11:40 Around ScotlandThe Jacobites etc 11:40 BBC Primary HistoryThe Aztecs 11:40 See You, See MeScottish Physical Features / Are You Eco-Friendly? Etc
11:45 11:45 Look and ReadSpelling Strategies 11:45 Just So Darwin 11:45 WatchBarnaby Bear 1 / Barnaby Bear 3
12:00


BBC2 Northern Ireland

MONDAY

as England except (mostly):

11:10 Sesame Tree (2 episodes)

11:40-11:55 Na Dódaí: series 2

TUESDAY

as England.

WEDNESDAY

as England.

THURSDAY

as England except:

11:00-11:30 Bright Sparks

FRIDAY

as England.

BBC 2 Wales

MONDAY

as England except:

11:00-11:10 Bobinogs / Telly Tales

TUESDAY

as England except:

11:00-11:10 Bobinogs / Telly Tales

THURSDAY

as England except:

11:00-11:10 Bobinogs / Telly Tales

FRIDAY

as England.


Notes & New Programmes

The broadcasting term on BBC2 ran for just 8 weeks, from Monday 19th January to Friday 27th March 2009, with no programmes during the weeks of 16th & 23rd February due to half term.

There were two new series this term, both of them short animated programmes. Telling Tales retells classic fables from around the world in 5 minute episodes. Each episode was shown first in English and then immediately afterwards in another language, usually French (the Monday & Tuesday broadcasts) but also occasionally in German, Mandarin, Spanish and Arabic (the Friday broadcasts). Just So Darwin is a science series using the formula of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories to introduce evolution to young children. It was part of the BBC's Darwin: The Genius of Evolution season celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book On the Origin of Species.

Also new was Tellytales on BBC2 Wales from 9th March. This was a young children's series which was also broadcast across the UK on the Cbeebies channel from the same date.

Some of the programmes which were not broadcast in the summer term 2008, because the schools broadcasting hours were reduced in the middle of term, were rescheduled in spring 2009: Look and Read: Spelling Strategies, Seasonal Snapshots: Winter , and possibly Hands Up!: Fantastic Mr Fox.

Following the regular episodes of Na Dódaí on BBC2 Northern Ireland the series Sky High was used to fill up the final five minutes of schools programmes each Monday. Sky High shows ariel footage of the countryside with music and is not a schools programme. In order to fit all 10 episodes from series 2 of Na Dódaí into the 8-week term the Monday schedule on BBC2 Northern Ireland was changed towards the end of term, with two or three episodes of the series in a row, instead of Sesame Tree.

All the schools programmes (and a lot of children's programmes) on Thursday 22nd January were cancelled in order to show live coverage of British tennis player Andy Murray's match in the second round of the Australian Open. Several of the programmes due to be broadcast were simply dropped as there was nowhere to reschedule them in the tightly-packed schedule for the rest of the term and anyway they had been heavily repeated already. The episode of The Maths Channel was rescheduled to 11:20 on 12th February where a one-off episode of Primary Geography: Kenya Shorts was due to be shown, and the episode of Watch: Barnaby Bear 1 was rescheduled to 11:45 on Tuesday 10th February, replacing a scheduled one-off episode of Watch: Famous People with Magic Grandad 2. The Northern Ireland series 'Bright Sparks, a seven episode competition which really couldn't afford to have an episode missed out, was postponed by one week and luckily, as there were 8 weeks of schools broadcasts this term, could still be broadcast in full. Incidentally Andy Murray's attempt to win the Australian Open was unsuccessful.


Learning Zone

First half term

January - February 2009.

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
04:00 4:00 (history programmes) 4:00 (RE programmes) 4:00 (geography programmes) 4:00 Science in Action
05:00
06:00


Second half term

March 2009.

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
04:00 4:00 Telling Tales 4:00 Class Clips / Blast 4:00 (science / maths / literacy programmes) 4:00 (language programmes)
05:00
5:30 Telling Tales
06:00

Notes & new programmes

There were four phases to this term's Learning Zone broadcasts...

  • Tue 13th January to Fri 13th February - secondary schools programmes
  • Tue 17th February to Fri 27th February - Languages & Travel
  • Tue 3rd March to Friday 21st March - secondary schools programmes
  • Tue 24th March to at least Fri 10th April - GCSE Bitesize Revision

There was a new series on Living with Globalisation on the morning of 15th January and the usual compilation of new Scottish programmes on the morning of 29th January, but most of the new programmes were shown in the second half of term.

The 2 episodes of Blast from 2008, which could not be shown at the end of the autumn term, were finally shown on the morning of 18th March. Repeats of the i-Science and i-Maths programmes were joined by new episodes of i-D&T, and there were 4 new episodes of Class Clips during March, on Health, Justice, History and Science, the latter tieing in with the Darwin season. On Fridays in March there were new half-hour programmes on Being French, Being German and Being Spanish. Although there had been daytime transmissions of Telling Tales since January, many individual episodes were shown for the first time on the Learning Zone in March.

Cbeebies

Various programmes which had previously been broadcast for schools were shown on the Cbeebies channel this term.


Independent Television

Channel 4 Daytime

WEEK 1w/c 12 Jan '09 WEEK 2w/c 19 Jan '09 WEEK 3w/c 26 Jan '09 WEEK 4w/c 2 Feb '09 WEEK 5w/c 9 Feb '09
09:30 9:30 Teen Tycoons 9:30 Teen Tycoons 9:30 Tricky BusinessTricky Business Two 9:30 Tricky BusinessTricky Business Two 9:30 Tricky Business 9:30 Tricky Business 9:30 Sex, Lies and Soaps
09:45
10:00 10:00 Vocation, Vocation, Vocation 10:00 Vocation, Vocation, Vocation 10:00 KNTVPhilosophy 10:00 KNTVPhilosophy 10:00 Wasted
10:15
10:30 10:30 My Crazy Media Life 10:30 Make Me a Grown Up 10:30 My Crazy Life 10:35 My Crazy Life 10:35 Trouble Online / Chill Out 10:30 TV is Dead? 10:30 Wakey Wakey Campers 10:30 Teen Trouble
10:45
11:00 11:00 Speed Machines 11:00 Speed Machines 11:00 Crip on a Trip / Osama Bin Everywhere 11:05 Get Me The Producer 11:05 Britain's Deadliest Addictions
11:15
11:30 11:30 Year Dot TV 11:25 Year Dot TV
11:45
12:00

WEEK 6w/c 23 Feb '09 WEEK 7w/c 2 Mar '09 WEEK 8w/c 9 Mar '09 WEEK 9w/c 16 Mar '09 WEEK 10w/c 23 Mar '09
09:30 9:30 The Deadly Knowledge Show 9:30 The Deadly Knowledge Show 9:30 Waldemar on Sculpture 9:30 The Deadly Knowledge Show 9:30 The Deadly Knowledge Show 9:30 The Farm Revealed
09:45
10:00 10:00 How To Dump Your Mates 10:00 Sweet Sixteen 10:00 Sweet Sixteen 10:00 (various programmes)The Celts / Designers Under Pressure / Why Is There So Much Rubbish on Telly? 9:55 KNTVSex 9:55 KNTVSex
10:15
10:30 10:30 Fact or Fiction 10:30 Rome: The Model Empire 10:30 Advertising Uncut 10:30 Take Away My Takeaway 10:30 (various programmes)World of Difference / Fame Asylum / Hardeep Does Drinking / Mum's Gone Gay / King Midas' Feast / Elizabeth's Pirates / 16 For a Day
10:45 10:50 Designers Under Pressure
11:00 11:00 Teen Taboos 11:00 Gay to Z
11:15 11:10 The Underdogs
11:30 11:30 Year Dot TV 11:30 Year Dot TV 11:30 Don't Make Me Angry
11:45
12:00


Channel 4 Night-time

WEEK 1w/c 12 Jan '09 WEEK 2w/c 19 Jan '09 WEEK 3w/c 26 Jan '09 WEEK 4w/c 2 Feb '09 WEEK 5w/c 9 Feb '09
TUE 04:00 4:00 The Writing HouseMore Adventures 4:00 Write Away 4:00 Rat-a-Tat-TatThe Word Machine 4:00 The Number CrewNumbers & the Number System 1 4:00 We Are From
04:15
04:30 4:30 Book BoxWhat's So Good About...?
04:45
05:00
05:15
05:30 5:40 Victorian Scots
05:45 5:40 Making It
06:00
WED 04:00 4:00 The Writing HouseMore Adventures 4:00 Book BoxAlice Through the Looking Glass 4:05 Puzzle MathsPuzzle Maths 2 4:00 Making It 4:00 We Are From
04:15 4:15 Henning's Haus
04:30 4:30 Sarah Moves On
04:45
05:00 5:00 ForumOnce Upon a Planet
05:15 5:20 Making It
05:30 5:30 How We Used to LiveA Giant in Ancient Egypt 5:30 The MixMusic Search 5:30 Making It
05:45 5:45 Making It
06:00

WEEK 6w/c 23 Feb '09 WEEK 7w/c 2 Mar '09 WEEK 8w/c 9 Mar '09 WEEK 9w/c 16 Mar '09 WEEK 10w/c 23 Mar '09
TUE 04:00 4:00 Puzzle Maths 2 4:00 Blue Dragon 4:00 The Number CrewNumbers & the Number System 1 (rpt) 4:00 Puzzle MathsPuzzle Maths 2 4:00 Blue Dragon (rpt)
04:15
04:30
04:45 4:40 Maths MansionPart 1 / Part 3 / Part 4
05:00
05:15
05:30
05:45 5:45 Making It 5:50 Stop Look ListenAnimated Bible Stories (rpt)
06:00
WED 04:00 4:00 Maths MansionPart 4 4:00 Blue Dragon 4:00 ForumOnce Upon a Planet (rpt) 4:00 Stop Look ListenAnimated Bible Stories (rpt) 4:00 Blue Dragon (rpt)
04:15
04:30
04:45 4:40 Eureka!Ancient Egypt
05:00 5:05 How We Used to LiveA Giant in Ancient Egypt (rpt)
05:15 5:10 Stop Look ListenAnimated Bible Stories 5:15 Making It 5:15 Making It
05:30 5:25 Making It
05:45
06:00

Notes & New Programmes

All schools programmes on Channel 4 ran from Monday 12th January to Friday 27th March 2009, with no programmes in the week beginning 16th February due to half term. Most, but by no means all, night-time programmes were broadcast with British Sign Language interpretation.

According to (incomplete) schedules on the Channel 4 website the schedule on the morning of Tuesday 23rd February was meant to consist entirely of episodes of Maths Mansion, from series 1, 3 and 4. However the episodes of Maths Mansion 1 were replaced with odd episodes of Puzzle Maths and The Number Crew. There was no announcement about the change during the broadcast, and the website was never updated to show the real schedule.

There was only 1 set of completely new programmes on Channel 4 this term - a second series of Year Dot TV shown in the second half term, following a repeat of the first series in the first half term.

Waldemar on Sculpture received its first transmission for schools this term, after an original evening showing on Channel 4 in August & September 2008. Two documentaries shown to general audiences on Channel 4 back in December 2001 were also broadcast to schools for the first time this term - King Midas' Feast on 25th March (originally a Secrets of the Dead Special) and Elizabeth's Pirates on 26th March (this has also been screened on the History Channel several times).

Teachers' TV

Programmes for pupils were broadcast at various times on Teachers' TV this term.


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