Words and Pictures Plus

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started20th Sep 1999
ended18th Jun 2001
last rpt9th Jul 2007(on CBBC)
8 school years
duration15 mins
subject 📚English
age rangeAge 5-7
languageenIn English

Words and Pictures Plus is a BBC Schools TV series from the 1990s & 2000s, covering English for Primary pupils.

Programmes about reading and sounding-out letter clusters, spelling and forming words.

This spin-off series uses the successful formula of the 1990s Words and Pictures series with an engaging presenter reading books and looking at key words in a studio. There are animations in different styles, words to read from the screen, and a 'magic pencil' showing how to draw letters. But where the original focussed on single letter sounds, Words and Pictures Plus looks at digraphs and word morphology.

The autumn and spring term programmes are designed to extend work for 5 and 6 year olds (Year 1 in classrooms in England) and the summer term unit looks at spellings for 6 and 7 year olds (Year 2).

A unique feature of this series is Jim's Word Workout, a 3D computer animated sequence in which a boy called Jim stretches out words, breaks them down into individual sounds and works out how to say them.

The presenter Paul Ewing doesn't just talk to viewers but also sings to them, like his contemporary Sophie Aldred on the original Words and Pictures series, and adds an additional element of dance and movement around the studio.

The Phonics Year 2 unit of the original Words and Pictures likewise looked at sounds not just individual letters, was sometimes billed under the title Words and Pictures Plus.

Titles & Theme Music

Episode List

# Title Story by Phonics Broadcast
CVC Words
1. The Dancing Hen Richard Edwards & Elisabeth Moseng n/en #1999-09-20-00-00-0020 Sep 1999
2. This is the Bear and the Picnic Lunch Sarah Hayes & Helen Craig g #1999-09-27-00-00-0027 Sep 1999
3. Who's in the Shed? Branda Parkes & Ester Ksaepuu d #1999-10-04-00-00-004 Oct 1999
4. Need a Trim, Jim? Kaye Umansky & Margaret Chamberlain m #1999-10-11-00-00-0011 Oct 1999
5. Ridiculous! Michael Coleman & Gwyneth Williamson p #1999-10-18-00-00-0018 Oct 1999
6. Who's at the Door? Jonathan Allen a #1999-11-01-00-00-001 Nov 1999
7. I Don't Want to Go to Bed! Julie Sykes & Tim Warnes e #1999-11-08-00-00-008 Nov 1999
8. The Fish Who Could Wish John Bush & Korky Paul i #1999-11-15-00-00-0015 Nov 1999
9. Rumble in the Jungle Giles Andrade & David Wojlowycz o #1999-11-22-00-00-0022 Nov 1999
10. The Snow Lambs Debi Gliori u #1999-11-29-00-00-0029 Nov 1999
Consonant Clusters
11. One Duck Stuck Phyllis Root & Jane Chapman -ck #2000-01-17-00-00-0017 Jan 2000
12. Blooming Cats David Morgan & David Parkins -ll/-ff/-ss #2000-01-24-00-00-0024 Jan 2000
13. Boo! Colin McNaughton sc-/sh-/sl- #2000-01-31-00-00-0031 Jan 2000
14. The Fox and the Stork Aesop -l- #2000-02-07-00-00-007 Feb 2000
15. The Grumpalump Sarah Hayes & Barbara Firth -r- #2000-02-14-00-00-0014 Feb 2000
16. Three Billy Goats Gruff (traditional) thr-/shr- #2000-02-28-00-00-0028 Feb 2000
17. Whistling Thorn Helen Cowcher s-- #2000-03-06-00-00-006 Mar 2000
18. Lucy's Quarrel Jennifer Northway sk/sp/st #2000-03-13-00-00-0013 Mar 2000
19. The Old Woman and the Red Pumpkin Betsy Bang & Rachel Merriman -ld/-lk/-lf #2000-03-20-00-00-0020 Mar 2000
20. Give Me My Yam! Jan Blake & Peter Melnyczuk -nd/-nk/-nt #2000-03-27-00-00-0027 Mar 2000
Spelling Strategies - Long Vowels
21. Katie Morag Delivers the Mail Mairi Hedderwick ai/ay #2001-04-23-00-00-0023 Apr 2001
22. Mr McGee Goes to Sea Pamela Allen ee/ea #2001-04-30-00-00-0030 Apr 2001
23. The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch Ronda Armitage & David Armitage igh/i-e #2001-05-11-00-00-0011 May 2001
24. Bubble and Float Chris D'Lacey & Nick Sharratt oa/o-e #2001-05-14-00-00-0014 May 2001
25. Little Rabbit Foo Foo Michael Rosen & Arthur Robins oo/ue #2001-05-22-00-00-0022 May 2001
Spelling Strategies - Word Endings
26. "Only Joking" Laughed the Lobster Colin West -ing #2001-06-05-00-00-005 Jun 2001
27. Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp Carol Diggory Shields & Scott Nash -ed #2001-06-11-00-00-0011 Jun 2001
28. The Big Wide-Mouthed Frog Ana Martin Larrañaga -s/-es #2001-06-18-00-00-0018 Jun 2001

In all cases the title of the episode is also the title of the main book read and illustrated or animated during the episode.

In addition,


Year Term Day Time Channel Details
1999-2000 Autumn 1999 & Spring 2000 Mon 09:30 BBC2
Fri 09:30 BBC2 Repeat
2000-01 Autumn 2000, Spring & Summer 2001 Mon 09:15 BBC2
Fri 09:15 BBC2 Repeat
2001-02 Autumn 2001, Spring & Summer 2002 Wed 11:20 BBC2
2002-03 Autumn 2002 & Summer 2003 Wed 10:30 BBC2 Spring term broadcasts cancelled for coverage of Prime Minister's Questions
2003-04 Autumn 2003, Spring & Summer 2004 Tue 13:15 BBC2
2004-05 Autumn 2004 Tue 13:15 BBC2
Spring 2005 Tue 10:50 BBC2
Thu 11:00 BBC2
Summer 2005 Fri 11:05 BBC2
2005-06 Spring 2006 Thu 11:30 & 11:45 BBC2
Summer 2006 Mon 10:45 & 11:00 BBC2

The series was also broadcast on the 'Class TV' service of schools progammes on the CBBC Channel

  • Summer 2003
  • Autumn 2003, Spring 2004 & Summer 2004
  • Spring 2005 & Summer 2005
  • Spring 2006
  • Autumn 2006, Spring 2007 & Summer 2007


Presenter Paul Ewing
Music Liz Kitchen
Philip Pope
Animation Alan Rogers & Peter Lang
Hedley Griffin
'Jim' Animation Mark Ford
Graphics Lucy Mackenzie
Joanna Cheese (episode 19)
Design Kathy Atty
Consultant Judith Puddock
Education Officer Jenny Towers (episodes 1-10)
Shelagh Scarborough (episodes 11-28)
Insert director Steve Cannon
Sally Ainsworth
Studio director Helen Sheppard
Executive producer for BBC Alan Lambert
Series producer Sheila Fraser


Teacher's Notes

Teaching suggestions and follow-up work from each programme.

A separate booklet was issued for each term.

Resource pack

A pack containing large posters and a book with photocopy masters and teaching suggestions related to the posters and worksheets.

CVC Words resource pack
Consonant Clusters resource pack


The three terms were all released on VHS videos.

These were later re-released as Video Plus Packs and later still as DVD Plus Packs, bundling the video or DVD with the teacher's resource book and posters.

CVC Words video


A set of three educational games was released, one for each term of the series:

  • CVC Word Spin
  • Consonant Cluster Dominoes
  • Long Vowel Lotto


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