Schedule: Autumn 2010
BBC Radio 4 Digital
|03:00||3:00 Listen and Play||3:00 Time and TuneEvacuees||3:00 Time to MoveA Traditional Harvest / Diwali / Dinosaurs / A Victorian Christmas||3:00 TogetherIt's Good to Be Me / Raise Your Voice / Making a Difference|
|03:15||3:15 Something to Think AboutLet Me Tell You a Story / Remembering the Past / Gifts||3:15 Scottish Learners Early/1st LevelSoundstory / Nina and the Neurons Go Inventing|
|3:20 Let's MoveNoah / Fireworks / Pirates / The Musicians of Bremen||3:20 Dance WorkshopHip Hop Step / Odysseus's Voyage|
|3:25 Scottish Learners 2nd LevelLandscapes/Soundscapes / Money-Go-Round / Where's Charlie?, etc|
|3:40 Music WorkshopRomeo and Juliet||3:40 A Christmas Carol|
|03:45||3:45 Stimulus Sounds||3:45 Britain Since the 1930s||3:45 Music for DanceThe Elements / World War 2 / Anicent Egypt / Historical Hits|
Notes & New Programmes
Programmes ran from Tuesday 21st September to Friday 3rd December 2010, with no broadcasts in the week beginning 25th October. Broadcasts were between 3:00am and 4:00am on BBC Radio 4 Digital.
There were new episodes of Playtime, Stimulus Sounds, Something to Think About, Time to Move, and the two series produced in Scotland.
Scotland's topic-based schools radio series had used the titles Scottish Resources 7-9 and Scottish Resources 10-12 since 1990. In 2009-10 BBC Scotland seemed to abandon the concept of umbrella series titles and put out units of programmes without an overall title - the radio programmes were nebulously referred to as "First/Second Level Scottish CfE" and "Second/Third Level Scottish CfE" in schedules, and as "programmes from the first to second level of the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence" (and so on) by continuity announcers (this website continued to refer to them by the previous series titles for convenience). This year the slightly-less-clumsy Scottish Learners Early/1st Level and Scottish Learners 2nd Level seem to have been adopted as series titles. These series consist of entirely new episodes this term, including some radio programmes based on the Cbeebies TV series Nina and the Neurons Go Inventing.
The BBC School Radio website was revamped this term so that programmes could be heard online via the central BBC iPlayer site, replacing the previous reliance on RealAudio streams. Additionally, the series Listen and Play, Something to Think About, Playtime, Time and Tune, Let's Move, Music Workshop, Time to Move, Together, Scottish Learners Early/1st Level and Scottish Learners 2nd Level were available as podcasts, and each podcast episode was now available for 30 days (in previous terms they had only been available for seven days following transmission). All episodes of A Christmas Carol and most of the content from Stimulus Sounds and Britain Since the 1930s were available on the School Radio website for streaming on-demand at any time.
On Thursdays only 55 minutes worth of schools programmes were scheduled to fill the 60 minute timeslot from 03:00-04:00. The extra time was filled by playing songs from some of the term's music & dance programmes in between programmes, or (for example on Thursday 2nd December) playing the entire school radio theme music through twice!
|w/c 04 Oct 04:00||04:00 Primary Class ClipsMusic||04:00 Class ClipsTravels with Music||04:00 On Top of the Digital World||04:00 IT in the Workplace|
|05:00||05:00 Primary Creative Arts||05:00 Class ClipsDance||05:00 Class ClipsMedia Studies|
|05:30||05:30 Eon Straddler Time Traveller|
|w/c 11 Oct 04:00||04:00 Primary i-D&T||04:00 Art and Design||04:00 BlastGet Creative||04:00 Class ClipsConstruction and the Built Environment|
|04:30||04:30 Engineering for the World|
|05:00||05:00 Primary Class ClipsArt and Design||05:00 The Designed World|
|w/c 18 Oct 04:00||04:00 Who Are We?||04:00 Secondary Citizenship||04:00 SEN Skills for Life||04:00 Class ClipsSociety, Health and Devlopment|
|05:00||05:00 Talkie Time||05:00 Citizenship and Surveillance||05:00 Personal, Social and Health Education for SEN|
|05:30||05:30 Newsround SpecialCaught in the Web|
|w/c 08 Nov 03:00||03:00 History FileNazi Germany|
|04:00||04:00 Primary HistoryThe Romans in Britain||04:00 History FileThe First World War||04:00 History FileBritain 1750-1900|
|05:00||05:00 The Making of Some Dogs Bite|
|05:15||05:20 Primary HistoryThe Indus Valley|
|05:30||05:30 BlastGet Creative|
|w/c 15 Nov 04:00||04:00 WatchBarnaby Bear||04:00 Curriculum BitesFuture Landscapes||04:00 World Physical||04:00 CoastA Changing Geography|
|05:00||05:00 A Picture of Britain|
|w/c 22 Nov 04:00||04:00 Primary Class ClipsDarwin's Album||04:00 Class ClipsDarwin||04:00 Class ClipsScience||04:00 BlastScreen Skills Showcase|
|05:00||05:00 Just So Darwin||05:00 i-Science||05:00 Science on the Ground||05:00 BlastYoung and Inspirational|
Schools television programmes ran from Tuesday 5th October to Friday 26th November 2010, with Languages & Travel programmes for adult/home learners in the weeks beginning 26th October & 2nd November. Broadcasts were mostly between 4:00am and 6:00am in the "Learning Zone" strand on BBC2, in the early hours of Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday mornings. This means that with just 6 weeks of schools programmes, there were a total of 48 hours of schools TV broadcasts in this entire term!
Primary schools programmes were shown early on Tuesday mornings, and secondary schools programmes for the rest of the week. Additionally the weeks will be themed (across both primary and secondary) by subject with, for example, design & technology programmes during the week beginning 11th October, and history programmes during the week beginning 8th November.
There were new episodes of Class Clips on Dance (6th October) and Media Studies (8th October), and a Primary Class Clips unit on Music (5th October), plus programmes on IT in the Workplace (8th October) and PSHE for SEN (21st October). The 2-hour annual showcase programmes for BBC Blast (26th November; the final Blast TV programmes as the scheme has been earmarked for closure by the BBC Trust) were joined by two Blast: Get Creative compilation specials (14th October & 11th November).
Other highlights included a repeat of Talkie Time with Rodd Christensen (19th October) and the first two Barnaby Bear units from Watch (16th November). Many of the recent series about Charles Darwin were repeated on 23rd & 24th November to coincide with the anniversary of the first publication of On the Origin of Species, and the History File unit on The First World War was repeated on 10th November, preceeding Armistice Day on 11th November. This History File unit includes the superb first episode of Twentieth Century History, originally shown in autumn 1977.
The History File unit on Nazi Germany was shown on the morning of Thursday 11th October (replacing a planned broadcast of the Britain 1500-1750 unit). There were concerns about broadcasting programmes on the subject of Nazi Germany immediately before the start of the pre-school Cbeebies programmes at 6:00am, and so the History File episodes were moved to the earlier-than-usual time of 3:00am to 5:00am. By lucky coincidence, the film Some Dogs Bite, commissioned by BBC Learning, was scheduled to be broadcast in primetime on BBC Three at 9:00pm on the previous evening, so the hour between 5:00am and 6:00am was filled with a half-hour programme on The Making of Some Dogs Bite, and the second Blast compilation special.
Concerns about the suitability of programmes leading into Cbeebies at 06:00am also caused a schedule change earlier in the term. It had been planned to broadcast the Scene drama Spit Game at 05:30am on the morning of Thursday 21st October. Spit Game is aimed at older teenagers and includes swearing, some potentially distressing medical scenes and, near the end of the episode, two obscene gestures! The programme has been broadcast at 5:30am in the past, including its first broadcast in autumn 2005 (although the children's programmes did not start until 7:00am at that time), but last time it was lined up for that slot in autumn 2008 the schedule was changed at the last minute. On this occasion the Scene programme was dropped altogether and replaced with a repeat of Caught in the Web, the Newsround Special about online grooming.
There was one more, unplanned, change to the Learning Zone schedule this term: on Friday 19th November BBC 2 appeared to forget to start broadcasting the scheduled schools programmes at 4:00am! The channel continued to broadcast a relay of the BBC News Channel until 4:10am, when they suddenly began showing the schedule episode Coast programme without the usual Learning Zone preamble, but with the continuity announcer talking over the opening narration! The scheduled A Picture of Britain programme followed at 5:10am, and continued until 06:10am, over-running the scheduled start time of the CBeebies children's programmes.
|17:25 Ioma-Rud (rpt)|
|17:40 Saorsa (rpt)|
Gaelic-language schools programmes on BBC Alba ran from Friday 3rd September to Monday 29th November 2010, with no programmes on Fridays 8th, 15th & 22nd October, or the following Mondays.
The first series of the creative writing programme Ioma-Rud was originally shown on BBC 2 Scotland in spring 2002 (there was also a second series in spring 2003, which will presumably be shown on BBC Alba next term), and the maths series Saorsa was originally shown on BBC 2 Scotland in spring 2008.
Both series were available to view on the BBC iPlayer for seven days following their original broadcast.
Teachers' TV ceased broadcasting at the end of Tuesday 31st August 2010, and Channel 4 was no longer repeating any of their secondary schools programmes overnight, so the BBC was now the only broadcast outlet for schools programmes in Britain.
Sources & References
- BBC (2010) BBC School Radio on CD Primary Guide 2010/2011 (available online)
- BBC Learning Zone website
- BBC School Radio website
- continuity announcements made during school radio programmes, 22/06/10-24/06/10
- and information released directly by BBC Learning
- Television & radio listings sources:
Different colours indicate different school subjects.