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Summer 1991

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Music Time
(BBC2, Mondays 10:18am & Thursdays 1:40pm)
Poetry Corner
(Radio 5, Mondays 9:35am)
Time and Tune
(Radio 5, Wednesdays 9:45am)
La Marée et ses Secrets
(BBC2, Tuesdays 12:35pm & Thursdays 9:45am)
BBC Scotland for Schools annual programme guide
BBC timetable for ages 4-13

BBC Radio

BBC schools radio programmes.

BBC Radio 5 & BBC Radio 3 FM

Schools radio programmes in England on Radio 5 mid-morning, repeated overnight on Radio 3. See below for details of extra Night School programmes on Radio 3.

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
09:00 9:00/1:00 Curriculum ResourcesThe Environment - Key Stage 1 9:00/1:00 Curriculum ResourcesThe Environment - Key Stage 1 9:00/1:00 Curriculum ResourcesThe Environment - Key Stage 2 9:00/1:00 Curriculum ResourcesThe Environment - Key Stage 2 9:00/1:00 Curriculum ResourcesThe Environment - Key Stage 2
09:15 9:15/1:15 Geography Resources 14+Preparing for Change / Physical Geography, etc 9:15/1:15 First Steps in DramaThe Tree and the Timebike / Seal Secret / The Rime of the Ancient Mariner / The Case of Dr Ama 9:15/1:15 Active ScienceChange 9:15/1:15 Operation Maths 9:15/1:15 TogetherFacing Difficulties 9:15/1:15 Junior DanceFolk Dance
09:30
9:35/1:35 Poetry Corner 9:35/1:35 WordplayAnimals / Night, etc 9:35/1:35 Verse UniverseAllan Ahlberg / Libby Houston / Story Poems / The Balld of Kon-Tiki 9:35/1:35 Listening and Reading 3 9:35/1:35 The Music BoxThe Music Box Garden / Summer Extras
09:45 9:45/1:45 (language programmes)Horizons de France / The News From Europe / Deutscher Club / Advanced Level German / Advanced Level French / Voix de France 9:45/1:45 Singing TogetherChange 9:45/1:45 Time and TuneCircus! Circus! Circus! / Summer Extra 9:45/1:45 The Song TreeGrows Wild / Summer Extras 9:45/1:45 Something to Think About(Alvin Stardust)
10:00 10:00 In the News 10:00/2:00 Music WorkshopThe Man in the White Hat / Summer Extra
10:05/2:05 Let's MoveTravelling Light / The Train to Glasgow / Packing Away 10:05/2:05 Time to MoveSummer in the City / All Round the World / Fantasyland 10:05/2:05 Drama WorkshopMajor Harvey / The Story of Mary Cannon / Here is the News!, etc
10:15
10:30

Night School

Additional programmes broadcast on Radio 3 FM.

WEEK 1w/c 10 Jun '91 WEEK 2w/c 17 Jun '91 WEEK 3w/c 24 Jun '91
02:30 2:30 (language programmes)Teacher's Programme: Spanish / Voces de España / Working in Spanish 2 / Working in French 2 2:30 (language programmes)Working in French 2 / Working in Italian 2 / Working in German 2 2:30 (language programmes)Deutsch für die Oberstufe / Deutscher Club / Horizons de France / Voix de France
02:45
03:00
03:15


BBC Radio Ulster FM

Schools radio programmes in Northern Ireland.

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
11:00 11:00 Today and Yesterday in Northern IrelandSite Visit / What's in a Surname? / The Changing Landscape
11:05 One Potato, Two Potato
11:15
11:30

BBC Radio Scotland FM

Schools radio programmes in Scotland.

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
09:00 9:00 A Scottish Religious Service(Rev. Ken Froude)
09:15
9:20 Music WorkshopThe Man in the White Hat / Summer Extra
09:30
09:45 9:45 Hopscotchstory books
10:00
11:00 11:00 Singing TogetherChange 11:00 Time and TuneCircus! Circus! Circus! / Summer Extra 11:00 The Song TreeGrows Wild / Summer Extras
11:15 11:15 In the News
11:20 Time to MoveSummer in the City / All Round the World / Fantasyland 11:20 Drama WorkshopMajor Harvey / The Story of Mary Cannon / Here is the News!, etc
11:30
11:40 Let's MoveTravelling Light / The Train to Glasgow / Packing Away 11:40 Check This! 11:40 First Steps in DramaThe Tree and the Timebike / Seal Secret / The Rime of the Ancient Mariner / The Case of Dr Ama
11:45
12:00

BBC Radio Cymru

Schools radio programmes in Wales.

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
14:00 14:00 (Welsh programmes)probably including 'Symud a Chân' & 'Ehangu Gorwelion' 14:00 (Welsh programmes)probably including 'Pot Jam' & 'Be' Nesa'?' 14:00 Digwydd 14:00 Sioe Gerdd 14:00 Clonc a Thonc
14:10 Sbardun(Mic & Dando)
14:15
14:20 Bwrlwm 14:20 Dewch i Foli
14:25 Listening and Reading 3
14:30 14:30 Active ScienceChange 14:30 Operation Maths
14:35 Let's MoveTravelling Light / The Train to Glasgow / Packing Away 14:35 Time and TuneCircus! Circus! Circus! / Summer Extra
14:45 14:45 Time to MoveSummer in the City / All Round the World / Fantasyland
14:50 Music WorkshopThe Man in the White Hat / Summer Extra
14:55 Singing TogetherChange 14:55 TogetherFacing Difficulties
15:00 15:00 Something to Think About(Alvin Stardust)
15:05 The Music BoxThe Music Box Garden / Summer Extras
15:15 15:15 Curriculum ResourcesThe Environment - Key Stage 1 15:15 Curriculum ResourcesThe Environment - Key Stage 1 15:15 Curriculum ResourcesThe Environment - Key Stage 2 15:15 Curriculum ResourcesThe Environment - Key Stage 2 15:15 Curriculum ResourcesThe Environment - Key Stage 2
15:30

Notes & New Programmes

Programmes on Radio 5 ran from Monday 22nd April to Friday 12th July 1991, with no broadcasts on Monday 6th May or in the entire weeks beginning 20th and 27th May. Schools radio programmes moved from Radio 4 FM to the new Radio 5 in autumn 1990, so this was the first summer term on the new network. Radio 5 was largely aimed at children, and so schools radio took a two-week holiday during the half term weeks while children were likely to be at home listening, and also the schools schedule was unexpectedly[1] extended at the end of term to run right up to the start of the summer holidays. This meant there were 10 episodes of most series this term, up from 8 episodes which had been the standard length of the summer term for several years. Some programmes, notably the primary music series, filled in this extra time by running "summer extra" programmes, unrelated to the main units of the term.

Programmes on Radio Ulster began at the same time but finished by Wednesday 5th June. Programmes on Radio Scotland began at the same time but I believe they ended on Friday 28th June[1]. Programmes on Radio Cymru probably ran a week behind the rest of the country, as they traditionally did because their schedule was so different from England's, but I can't prove this. The extra Night School language programmes on Radio 3 ran for only 3 weeks as shown above - the weeks originally planned to be the final 3 of the term.

All of the programmes broadcast on Radio 5 were repeated later the same night on Radio 3 FM, apart from in Scotland where the programmes were already being broadcast in FM on Radio Scotland during the daytime. However a revised repeat (I don't know how it was revised) of In the News was broadcast on Radio 5 at 8:05pm (later 8:00pm) on Thursday evenings, instead of an overnight repeat on Radio 3.

When the Listening and Reading series began in 1971 it had three components - Listing and Reading I in the autumn, Listing and Reading II in the spring and Listing and Reading III in the summer. The I and II series were very successfuly but the III series lasted for only a few years before disappearing from the schedule. In 1986 the BBC introduced a new reading series on schools radio, Reading Corner, and in 1991 - this term in fact - Reading Corner was renamed Listening and Reading III. So the series was new this term, but it was the resurrection of a series, or at least a title, which had existed 20 years earlier.

Also new this term were Curriculum Resources and Geography Resources 14+.

The Night School series Working in Spanish 2 went out this term, even though Working in Spanish 1 had still not been broadcast. It had been postponed from summer 1990, but there were plans to release it on cassette[2].

BBC Television

Schools programmes on BBC TV.

BBC2

Schools programmes in England, Scotland and Wales, in the "Daytime on Two" strand.

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
08:30 8:30 Out of the Doll's House
08:45
8:55 History FileThe World Since 1945
09:00 9:00 Sum Chance 9:00 Quinze Minutes 9:00 Quinze Minutes 9:00 Search Out Science
9:05 Teaching TodayLanguage in the National Curriculum / Assessment
9:10 Diez Temas
09:15 9:15 A Life of Our Own 9:15 A Life of Our Own 9:15 Diez Temas (rpt)
9:25 A-Level German
09:30 9:30 Help Your Child with Maths
9:35 Supersense (rpt)
9:40 Maths at Work 9:40 A-Level German (rpt)
09:45 9:45 Mathsworks 9:45 La Marée et Ses Secrets (rpt)
10:00 10:00 Storytime 10:00 You and Me(Cosmo & Dibs) 10:00 You and Me(Cosmo & Dibs) 10:00 You and Me(Cosmo & Dibs)
10:05 Micro MindstretchersProgress Reports
10:10 Save a Life (rpt)
10:15 10:15 Why? Because... 10:15 Why? Because... (rpt) 10:15 Job Bank (rpt)
10:18 Music TimeThe Emperor and the Nightingale 10:20 Information World 10:20 Microelectronics in Action
10:30
10:35 Who - Me? (rpt)
10:40 Job Bank 10:40 Who - Me? 10:40 (programmes with in-vision subtitles)episodes of 'Lifeschool' 10:40 Mathsworks (rpt)
10:45
11:00 11:00 Zig ZagThe Greeks / The Man Who Planted Trees 11:00 WatchConservation / Entertainment / Carnival 11:00 Words and Pictures{Vicky Ireland & Charlie) 11:00 LandmarksBuildings and Builders (rpt) 11:00 WatchConservation / Entertainment / Carnival (rpt)
11:15 11:15 West Africa 11:15 Mathspy (rpt) 11:15 A-Level Biology (rpt)
11:20 Micro MindstretchersProblems 11:20 Textile Studies (rpt)
11:25 Save a Life
11:30
11:35 Supersense 11:35 A-Level Biology 11:35 Teaching TodayTechnology Secondary / Economic Awareness / Secondary Science 11:35 Living Decisions (rpt)
11:40 Maths at Work (rpt)
11:45
11:55 A-Level Economics 11:55 A-Level Statistics 11:55 Links: Britain and the Developing World (rpt) 12:05 Lifeschool SpecialChild Slaves (rpt)
12:00
12:05 Teaching TodayTeaching Science in the Primary School 12:05 Landmarks Special ReportsEarthwatch 12:05 Links: Britain and the Developing World 12:05 Lifeschool SpecialChild Slaves 12:05 A-Level Economics (rpt) 12:05 A-Level Statistics (rpt)
12:15 12:15 Textile Studies
12:20 Scene
12:25 West Africa (rpt)
12:30 12:30 LifeschoolFirst Steps at Work / Into Adulthood (rpt)
12:35 LifeschoolFirst Steps at Work / Into Adulthood 12:35 La Marée et Ses Secrets
12:45
12:50 Teaching TodayTechnology Secondary (rpt) / Using Television in the Secondary Classroom / Using Radio in the Classroom / Secondary Mathematics 12:50 English FileGCSE Literature
12:55 Step Up to Wordpower 12:55 A Way with Numbers
13:00 13:00 Mathspy
13:15
13:30
13:40 LandmarksBuildings and Builders 13:40 Living Decisions 13:40 Zig ZagThe Greeks / The Man Who Planted Trees (rpt) 13:40 Music TimeThe Emperor and the Nightingale (rpt) 13:40 (programmes with in-vision subtitles)episodes of 'Lifeschool' (rpt)
13:45
14:00 14:02 Storytime (rpt) 14:02 You and Me(Cosmo & Dibs) (rpt) 14:02 You and Me(Cosmo & Dibs) (rpt) 14:02 You and Me(Cosmo & Dibs) (rpt) 14:02 Words and Pictures{Vicky Ireland & Charlie) (rpt)
14:15
14:30

BBC2 Northern Ireland

Schools programmes in "Daytime on Two" in Northern Ireland.

MONDAY

as England.

TUESDAY

as England except:

11:15-11:35 Ulster in Focus (fortnightly)

WEDNESDAY

as England.

THURSDAY

as England except:

11:20-11:40 Ulster in Focus (rpt) (fortnightly)

FRIDAY

as England.

Notes & New Programmes

Programmes from Monday 22nd April to Friday 21st June 1991. There were no programmes on Monday 6th May, or in the week beginning 27th May.

After the half term break as several series came to an end they were replaced by occasional episodes of other programmes and the schedules were rearranged a little, so History File went out at 9:20am on Monday 17th June for example. There were occasional episodes (not reflected in the grid above) of British Social History, English Time, Help Your Child with Maths, Help Your Child with Reading, History File, Job Bank, Landmarks Special Reports, Lifeschool, The More Effective School, Rockschool, Standard Grade Art & Design, Standard Grade History, The State of Training, Teaching Today, Through the Looking Glass, Tutorial Topics, Women Mean Business, Words and Pictures, and even episodes of Ulster in Focus broadcast nationwide.

The termly timetable sent to schools before the start of term claimed that Landmarks Special Reports would be repeated on Tuesdays at 1:35pm, but these plans seem to have changed before transmission. There were some repeats of the Landmarks programmes at odd places in the schedule, but the Tuesday afternoon slot was used for a preview of the Japanese: Language and People series to be transmitted in the autumn term, and episodes of Rockschool.

The only brand new series this term was the geography series West Africa. Supersense, a BBC natural history series first shown to adult audiences in 1988-89, was broadcast to schools for the first time this term.

All episodes of the series Job Bank, Landmarks Special Reports (based on the spring term Landmarks unit Earthwatch) and Ulster in Focus were new, and there were also new episodes of Landmarks, Lifeschool, Scene, Zig Zag, and a new episode of Teaching Today on Using Radio in the Classroom on 9th May.

Independent Television

ITV schools programmes shown on Channel 4 and S4C.

Channel 4

Schools programmes in England on Channel 4.

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
09:30 9:30 EnvironmentsCity Park / Freshwater 9:30 Believe It or Not 9:30 The French ProgrammeFrance-magazine / Action-télé, etc 9:30 Animals in Action 9:30 Picture Box (rpt)
09:45 9:47 Seeing and DoingScience / Music 9:47 Talk, Write... and Read 9:47 Maths is Fun (rpt)
9:52 EnvironmentsCity Park / Freshwater (rpt) 9:52 Start the Day
10:00 10:02 History in Action
10:04 Videomaths 10:04 Science - Start Here! (rpt) 10:04 Middle EnglishThe Strangers, etc 10:04 Our World
10:09 Good Health 10:09 All Year RoundScience (rpt)
10:15
10:21 Maths is Fun 10:21 Teaching for Tomorrow 10:21 Facts for LifeThe Invaders
10:26 World StudiesWorld Development / The Politics of Food 10:23 Living and Growing(Mairi MacIver)
10:30
10:33 The English ProgrammeUnderstanding Newspapers / Poetry / The Snow Queen
10:45 10:43 Science in Focus 10:43 Physics in Action 10:43 Believe It or Not 10:43 InquiryNorthern Ireland, etc
10:48 Believe It or Not
11:00 11:00 SearchConservation / Global Geography, etc 11:02 All Year RoundScience 11:02 Good Health (rpt)
11:05 Seeing and DoingScience / Music (rpt) 11:05 Middle EnglishThe Strangers, etc (rpt) 11:05 Going Places
11:15 11:17 Stop Look ListenInterests / Local Customs / Traditions and Museums
11:22 Science - Start Here! 11:22 Videomaths (rpt) 11:22 Picture Box 11:19 Story World (rpt) 11:22 Our World (rpt)
11:30 11:29 Story World 11:32 Stop Look ListenInterests / Local Customs / Traditions and Museums (rpt)
11:41 ExperimentChemistry / Physics 11:41 SearchConservation / Global Geography, etc (rpt) 11:39 Science and Society 11:41 Believe It or Not
11:45 11:44 Designing and Making
12:00

S4C

Programmes included Gweld a Siarad and Mistar Mwsog, produced by the BBC. I don't know the details of programmes produced by HTV this term, or when programmes were shown.

Other Regions

Science and Society, produced by Scottish Television, was shown on Thursdays at 11:19am in Scotland, replacing the repeats of Story World and Stop Look Listen[3]. I don't know the details of other variations in Scotland or Northern Ireland this term.

Notes & New Programmes

Programmes began on Monday 22nd April. There were no broadcasts during half term week, the week beginning 27th May. There were also no programmes on Monday 6th May, the May Day Bank Holiday, but the Monday programmes were postponed by a week so for the rest of term most Monday programmes were actually repeats of programmes broadcast from Tuesday to Friday in the previous week. The final day of broadcasts was Monday 24th June 1991.

Science and Society was a new series this term, made by Scottish Television, and there was also a new, second series of Story World, made by Granada Television.

Sources & References

  • BBC (1990a) BBC Education Radio and Television 1990-91 for Primary and Middle Schools. London: BBC Books.
  • BBC (1990b) BBC Education Radio and Television 1990-91 for Secondary Schools and Colleges. London: BBC Books.
  • BBC (1990c) BBC Scotland for Schools: A complete resource for Primary Schools 1990-91. Edinburgh: BBC Education Scotland.
  • Radio Times (London edition) television and radio listings, 1991
  • Times Educational Supplement television and radio listings, 1991
  • with thanks to Robin Carmody
  1. 1.0 1.1 Although the extension of the school radio schedule from 8 to 10 weeks was planned in advance and listed in the termly wallchart, it was not planned at the start of the academic year, as the annual programme catalogues all billed the term dates as being "Mon 22 Apr-Fri 28 Jun" (BBC (1990a) p.43). The summer term teacher's notes to Poetry Corner explained that "with our move to Radio 5, we are now able to extend the summer term by a further two weeks to nine programmes" (page 2) - this series was broadcast on Mondays so there were only 9 episodes as there were no broadcasts on Monday 6th May, a Bank Holiday.
    This is also the reason I am unsure about the end date on Radio Scotland - their annual programme catalogue gave the term dates as "Monday 22 April - Friday 28 June" (BBC (1990c) inner cover) and I have no access to listings that show whether this was ever changed. Scottish school holidays tend to be from late June to mid August, rather than mid July to late August as is the case in England, and anyway the motivation for Radio 5 extending the term - that children would still have been at school until the holidays began - would not apply to Scotland as the schools programmes on Radio Scotland would have been replaced during the summer with general audience programmes, rather than childen's programmes.
  2. The BBC wallchart timetable for summer 1991 ages eleven to nineteen, noted "Working in Spanish 1, postponed from last year, will be available on cassette. Please contact BBC Education Information for details."
  3. The Scottish transmission times for Science and Society were given with a review of the series in the Times Educational Supplement, 24th May 1991 p.31.