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Channel 4 Learning Primary Resources 2012

Welcome to Channel 4 Learning’s 2012 Brochure for 5–11 year olds New DVDs! Eureka! – India, China and Africa

Stage Two Science: Energy

Living and Growing – Alternative

This double-disc DVD compilation offers a visually rich portrait of life in twenty-first century Asia and Africa. Children from China, India and a broad range of African countries share their lives, traditions and vibrant cultures with the viewer. These programmes challenge pre-conceived ideas and offer a positive view of life in Asia and Africa. Pupils will gain an insight into life in settings that are very different to their own – whether rural or urban, See traditional or modern.

This practical DVD explains abstract scientific concepts in a meaningful way. Using real-life examples and practical applications of science in everyday settings, these programmes convey complex ideas and processes using video footage and animation. Viewers see children their own age engaged in investigation and experimentation, acquiring scientific skills and developing an understanding of scientific processes through hands-on practical work.

Addressing one of the most sensitive themes in primary education, Living and Growing is a well-established and popular sex education resource for primary schools. In response to customer feedback, this version has been modified to address the sensitivity around some of the graphic content and topics in the original DVD, yet still preserves the core issues concerning sex and relationship education.

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Making It DVD Art

Age 7–11

Free programme notes:

£40.00 QN443215 ART

Curriculum Connections • Communicating observations, ideas and feelings • Designing and making artefacts • Making skills

• Materials and processes used in art, craft and design • Working with tools and equipment, materials and components

Making It celebrates the constructive and creative ingenuity of children in the UK, Jamaica, South Africa, Namibia, Brazil and Australia. Each short programme shows a child, or sometimes a group of children, working hard to make something from beginning to end. This could be something useful, entertaining or beautiful. Children are given the chance to put their skills into action and bring an idea to life. 41 x 5-minute programmes

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Machines and Design & Technology DVD Design and Technology

Age 5–7

DVD contains two series – 105 minutes of programming


£50.00 QN443185 Curriculum Connections • Provides opportunities to learn designing and making skills

• Food and healthy eating • Textiles

• Levers and mechanisms • Language and literacy links

This DVD offers accessible examples of technology in everyday life, encouraging pupils to explore how things work.

Embedded Teachers’ Guides


Design and Technology

These programmes inspire practical work with infant children and have a strong bias towards technology. Different kinds of machines are investigated on location, with technical explanations presented through graphics. This area of the curriculum is enlivened by friendly narrative and children’s participation.

This unit uses cartoon characters and stories to suggest starting points for design-and-make activities. Featuring the work of four different schools, the programmes show designers and craftspeople in real-life contexts, with visits to industrial locations. 1. Pop-up Pictures 2. Wheels Galore 3. Animal Puppets 4. Super Food

1. Time Technology 2. Diggers and Dumpers 3. Musical Machines

3 x 15-minute programmes

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Tackling Technology DVD Design and Technology

Age 7–11

10 x 15-minute programmes DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

£29.00 QN445528 Curriculum Connections • Communicates design ideas in different ways • Gives a historical and cultural perspective on products • Control: electrical, pneumatic

These programmes look at ten different topics intended to have a practical application in the classroom, focusing on the processes involved in commercial and individual design and manufacture. A range of products is investigated in terms of form, shape, colour and style. This helps children to develop an understanding of why things look as they do, how things work, and the critical language of evaluation. Filmed on location in ‘real world’ contexts, the programmes contain interviews and graphic sequences.

• Structures: shelters, textiles • Food: biscuits, yoghurt

1. Robots 2. Torches 3. Mini-Greenhouses 4. Lever Toys 5. Toothbrushes 6. Cushions 7. Egyptian Jewellery 8. Shoes 9. Yoghurt 10. Biscuits 10 x 15-minute programmes

Animals Pack Early Years

Video and Teachers’ Guide Pack EARLY YEARS

Age 5–7

£10.00 QN449280 Curriculum Connections • Geography

• Science

• History

• Environmental issues

People of different cultures have told each other myths, stories and fables about animals since time immemorial. Here, five stories have been animated in a rich variety of textures and styles, and retold to capture the viewer’s imagination.

• Language work

Activity Book The differentiated, photocopiable activity pages in this book allow children to explore the geographical, scientific and environmental aspects of each animal’s story, and provide some enjoyable activities for work on English.

Pack Five programmes on one video, with accompanying Teachers’ Guide and Activity Book. Video 1. The Wren: The King of Birds – A story from Ireland 2. Biswas the Bull – A story from India 3. Anancy the Spider – A Caribbean story 4. The Cat – A story set in Ancient Egypt 5. The Laidly Worm – An old English story

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Rat-a-tat-tat DVD English – Phonics

Age 4–6

DVD includes three series – 375 minutes of programming

£90.00 QN443576 ENGLISH

Curriculum Connections • Focuses on early reading • Provides a wide variety of popular texts • Encourages young readers to regard books as a source of pleasure

• Supports the development of writing through rhyme, repetition, wordplay and phonics • Presents characters and dialogue

Rat-a-tat-tat uses story animation, real-life contexts, songs and music to bring literature to life in a fun and exciting way. The texts featured in the programmes provide early readers with opportunities to join in by reading words and sentences as they are highlighted on screen. The stories are engagingly presented and cover a range of styles, cultures, settings and themes, which not only encourage reading but also support writing. The series also features non-fiction and information text to give variation to your lessons.

Purple Unit Curriculum Connections • Rhyme, repetition and language play • Fiction and information texts • Predictable structures 1. The Train Ride by June Crebbin (Literacy focus: question marks) 2. So Much by Trish Cooke and The World is Full of Babies by Mick Manning and Brita Granström (Literacy focus: capital letters) 3. My Body, Your Body (1) by Mick Manning and Brita Granström (Literacy focus: ‘s’ plural) 4. My Body, Your Body (2) by Mick Manning and Brita Granström and Scary Party by Sue Hendra (Literacy forms: noun wordplay) 5. Moles Can Dance by Richard Edwards (Literacy forms: speech marks) 6. The Grumpalump by Sarah Hayes (Literacy forms: rhyme wordplay) 7. What’s Up? by Mick Manning and Brita Granström and Mission Ziffoid by Michael Rosen (Literacy focus: ‘wh’ questions) 8. Who’s at the Door? by Jonathan Allen and Big Bad Pig by Allan Ahlberg (Literacy focus: word and sentence order) 9. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (Literacy focus: rhyming words) 10. Shhh! by Sally Grindley (Literacy focus: exclamation marks) 10 x 15-minute programmes

Red Unit Curriculum Connections • Familiar patterned language • Letter and word recognition • Initial consonant blends 1. A Roar for Stanley by Phil McMylor and Squeak a Lot by Martin Waddell (Initial consonant ‘l’) 2. The Tiger Child by Joanna Troughton (Initial consonant ‘f’) 3. Not Like That, Like This! by Tony Bradman (Initial consonant ‘r’)

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4. Not Yet, Yvette by Helen Ketteman and Pass the Jam, Jim by Kaye Umansky (Initial consonant ‘j’) 5. Little Beaver and the Echo by Amy MacDonald (Initial vowel ‘o’) 6. Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas and Cat Among the Cabbages by Alison Bartlett (Initial consonant ‘w’) 7. Tortoise’s Dream by Joanna Troughton (Initial vowel ‘a’) 8. Is There Room on the Bus? by Helen Piers (Initial consonant blend ‘tr’) 9. Ridiculous! by Michael Coleman and Ten Little Penguins by Jane Walker (Initial consonant blend ‘sn’) 10. Dog Dottington by Diana Hendry and Wag, Wag, Wag by Peter Hansard (Word ending ‘ing’) 10 x 15-minute programmes

Orange Unit Curriculum Connections • Key features of story language • Vowel phonemes presented within a story context 1. Sing, Sophie by Dayle Ann Dodds and Roseanne Litzinger (Short middle vowel ‘i’) 2. Mrs Armitage and the Big Wave by Quentin Blake (Long vowel phoneme ‘ee’) and You Can Swim, Jim by Kaye Umansky and Margaret Chamberlain 3. Beans on Toast by Paul Dowling (Long vowel phoneme ‘ea’) and Ketchup on Your Cornflakes by Nick Sharratt 4. Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson (Long vowel phoneme ‘oo’ as in ‘moon’) 5.  No Dinner! The Story of the Old Woman and the Pumpkin by Jessica Souhami (Short vowel phoneme ‘oo’ as in ‘book’) 5 x 15-minute programmes


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The Word Machine DVD Reading Development – Phonics

25 x 5-minute programmes ENGLISH

Age 5–6

£29.00 QN44551X Curriculum Connections • Supports the teaching of phonics

• Closely matches literacy requirements

• Follows progression in phonics teaching

Phonics are made lively and fun with the help of the Word Machine, an animated character who puts letters together and takes them apart, plays with words and experiments with sounds. This word-level work is presented in a narrative context, through graphics, animation, real-world action, rhythm, wordplay, onset and rime, and song. 1. The Big, Big Book: Initial single letter phonemes 2. Finish It Off: Final single letter phonemes 3. Look for the H!: Initial ch, sh 4. Rhyme Time: Onset and rime 5. The Big Bog Bug: CVC words with short vowel ‘a’ 6. Get a Pet!: CVC words with short vowel ‘e’ 7. The Fix-it Kid: CVC words with short vowel ‘i’ 8. The Mop Top Lot: CVC words with short vowel ‘o’ 9. Mum’s the Word: CVC words with short vowel ‘u’

10. The Friendly Enders: Words ending in ff, ll, ss, ck, ng 11. The Consonants: CCVC words beginning bl, cl, fl, gl, pl, sl 12. The Crab and Frog: CCVC words beginning br, cr, dr, fr, gr, pr, tr 13. The Swan Twin: CCVC words beginning sw, tw 14. Snap and Spell: CCVC words beginning sc, sk, sm, sn, sp, st 15. Join the Q: CCVC words beginning qu, squ 16. The Triple Blenders: CCCVC words beginning scr, spl, spr, str

17. The Giant Vest: Words ending sc, sk, sp, st 18. The Blend Camp: Words ending mp, nd, nk, nt, nch 19. As Good as Gold: Words ending ld, lp, lk, it, lth 20. My Messy Loft: Words ending ct, ft, pt, xt 21. The Green Queens and the Dream Team: Long vowel phoneme ‘ee’ 22. The Tale of a Tail: Long vowel phoneme ‘ai’ 23. Five Wide Mice: Long vowel phoneme ‘ie’ 24. The Joke Zone: Long vowel phoneme ‘oa’ 25. Choose That Tune: Long vowel phoneme ‘oo’ 25 x 5-minute programmes

The Writing House DVD Writing

Age 5–7

Embedded Teachers’ Guide ENGLISH

£50.00 QN446893 Curriculum Connections • Narrative and non-narrative material • Punctuation and simple sentence structure

This series was created to support the writing objectives of the National Literacy Strategy and literacy developments throughout the UK. Each programme features real-life examples of reading and writing and presents humorous situations resolved by the characters, who model writing tasks that require children to CD-ROM develop a range ble of different also availa l writing tools and on specia techniques. fer (p55)

• Links sounds and spelling • Supports both fiction and information writing

1. Signs and Labels 2. Writing a Rhyme 3. Writing Instructions 4. Speech Bubbles 5. Writing a Recipe 6. Describing a Character 7. Questions 8. A Traditional Tale 9. Writing a Guidebook 10. A Fantasy Story 10 x 15-minute programmes



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More Adventures From The Writing House DVD English


Age 6–7

Embedded Teachers’ Guide and Activity Book

£50.00 QN44694X Curriculum Connections • Writing about personal experience

• Writing simple descriptions

• Writing non-fiction texts

As an extension of the first series of The Writing House, these programmes progress the writing skills of pupils aged 6–7. From shopping lists to alphabetical order, fantasy stories to writing letters, children are guided through an engaging example of shared writing by the characters in the house.

1. Writing Lists 2. Writing a Postcard 3. Using the Alphabet 4. Writing a Letter 5. Writing Instructions 6. Writing a Recount 7. Using Speech Marks

8. Writing a Story 9. Writing a Story Using a Known Setting 10. Writing a Poem 10 x 15-minute programmes

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Write Away! DVD English

Age 7–9

Embedded Teachers’ Guide and Activity Book


£50.00 QN446990 Curriculum Connections • Provides contexts for writing • Offers a range of writing genres

These programmes demonstrate the importance of writing and develop essential, practical skills. In each programme, children set out to produce a written piece in a specific style. With assistance from animated characters, The Writing Rescuers, an adult writer is selected to help them. The series covers a wide range of writing techniques and styles including character sketching, note taking, story settings, instructions, reports, persuasive letter writing and poetry.

• Addresses the writing requirements for literacy • Imaginative and factual writing 1. Recipes for My Dad 2. Match Reporter 3. Daniella’s Diary 4. Love From Merrylegs 5. Your Zoo Needs You! 6. A Song for Summer 7. Who is Stereo Steve? 8. It Was a Dark and Lonely Night 9. Beginnings, Middles and Endings 10. Amber’s Play 10 x 15-minute programmes


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Just Write DVD English

Age 9–11

Embedded Teachers’ Guide and Activity Book ENGLISH

£50.00 QN44310X Curriculum Connections • Writing across a range of genres • Essential writing skills

• Factual and imaginative writing • Journalistic writing

Presented by Michael Rosen, the former Children’s Laureate, the programmes complement Write Away! This series covers a wide range of writing styles, including examples of comedy scripts, news reports and brochures. Aspiring young writers are given the chance to try their hand at creating real writing for high-profile outlets, with published outcomes. 1. Radio Report 2. Newspaper Article 3. Skateboard Instructions 4. Campaign Brochure 5. Internet Review 6. Alternative Endings

7. Stand-Up Poetry 8. Comedy Script 9. TV Script 10. Ghost Story

• Performance poetry

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Book Box Collection DVD

Age 7–11



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£50.00 QN443649

Blabber Mouth and Sticky Beak

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Curriculum Connections • Issues relating to disability • The power of humour and love

Curriculum Connections • Text, sentence and word literacy • Listening, reading, talking, writing • Genre, nonsense poetry and script writing

Set in Australia, Emmy Award-winning Blabber Mouth and Sticky Beak centres on Rowena Batts, who has not spoken since birth, and her embarrassing, eccentric father. The programmes and resources offer an excellent stimulus for literacy work.

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Alice Through the Looking Glass is a faithful, modern dramatisation of Lewis Carroll’s classic story with impressive special effects and a star-studded cast including Kate Beckinsale and Steve Coogan. 1 x 83-minute programme

2 x 30-minute programmes

Grandpa Chatterji

Bill’s New Frock Curriculum Connections • Opportunity to compare a dramatised version with the original • Highlights issues of gender

Curriculum Connections • Dramatised version of the children’s story by Jamila Gavin • Ideal stimulus for discussing multicultural issues

With Bill’s New Frock, Anne Fine has created a fairy tale with a feminist twist. Bill wakes up to find that he has become a girl, which leads to humorous and bizarre experiences that highlight the arbitrary nature of gender constraints.

Grandpa Chatterji is the story of a family of Indian origin living in England who are visited by their grandfathers, one from Leicester, the other from Calcutta. Seen through the eyes of their grandchildren, their visits highlight contrasts between East and West.

2 x 15-minute programmes

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Poetry Collection DVD English

Age 7–14

10 x 10-minute programmes


£50.00 QN443169 Curriculum Connections • Develops literacy skills • Supports knowledge of language and genre • Encourages listening, talking, reading and writing

• Features all types of poetry from classical to modern • Introduces varied structures, styles and subjects • Features poems written by both adults and young people

This DVD contains three different series. Rosen’s Poetry Attic introduces the five key elements of poetry composition in an exciting verbal and visual collage. In Off With McGough poet Roger McGough explores major themes and presents a varied mix of poems – happy, sad, exciting, beautiful, funny, serious or just plain daft. Poetry by Numbers offers an ideal resource for comparing poems in different forms, providing models for pupils’ own poetry.

Rosen’s Poetry Attic

Off With McGough

Poetry by Numbers

Michael Rosen introduces the five key elements of rhyme, rhythm, imagery, sound and wordplay in an exciting verbal and visual collage.

Whatever their subject or style, poems should always have the power to grab your attention. Poet Roger McGough explores major themes and presents a varied mix of poems, some familiar, some not.

The poems selected for this half-hour programme offer an ideal resource for comparing poems in different forms, providing models for pupils to use in constructing their own number poems. Bonus

1. Rhyme Time 2. Rhythm Section 3. Word Paintings 4. Sound Effects 5. Word Plays

1. Body Language 2. Food for Thought 3. Family Favourites 4. Animal Tales 5. Pillow Talk

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Jacqueline Wilson Trilogy DVD

Age 9–14 £39.00 QN445501 Two of Jacqueline Wilson’s dramas feature on this on DVD, as well as the Popular Writers documentary about her work.

What’s So Good About … Jacqueline Wilson? (Documentary) Jacqueline Wilson invites us into her book-filled home to show how she writes her books and develops her ideas. Her books touch on important and sensitive subjects such as homeless families, children in care, bullying and bereavement, but always maintain humour and a lightness of touch appropriate to her audience. 2 x 15-minute programmes

Double Act

The Illustrated Mum

Curriculum Connections • Narrative structure • Character, setting, dialogue, plot • Storytelling through dramatisation • Study of media texts

Curriculum Connections • Gives insights into the author’s craft; setting, mood and character; the structuring of text • Promotes listening, reflection and discussion • Develops opportunities for writing • Explores PSHE themes of growing up, family relationships and mental illness

Double Act is a charming, sensitive and often hilarious story about ten-year-old twins Ruby and Garnet growing up and finding their own identities. 1 x 100-minute programme Free website:


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International Emmy and BAFTA award winner The Illustrated Mum is the story of Marigold (played by Michelle Collins) who suffers from a mental illness, and her two children, forced to take on all the roles that parents are usually expected to deliver. 4 x 25-minute programmes

What’s So Good About … DVD English

Age 7–11

DVD includes five series – 165 minutes of programming

£39.00 QN445498

• Investigates a range of authors and genres • Develops an awareness of the author’s voice • Indicates how authors use their sources of inspiration • Compares a range of story styles and settings

•H  elps to describe and evaluate the style of an individual writer • L ooks at connections and contrasts in the work of different writers •G  ives an insight into the way authors handle time, characters, plot and settings

What’s So Good About ... JK Rowling?

What’s So Good About ... Roald Dahl?

Everyone knows that JK Rowling’s Harry Potter stories are hugely popular. These programmes show why the Harry Potter books are so compulsive. In the first programme, three avid Harry Potter fans talk about the appeal of the books and explore some of the key features within them. The second programme explores the Harry Potter phenomenon with the help of a group of young critics and their website.

Set in the garden of the country house where Dahl conceived many of his stories, the programmes explore what makes his writing so successful and feature a variety of lively readings, accompanied by Quentin Blake’s wonderful illustrations. This fascinating documentary analysis of Dahl’s life and work shows how he drew upon his experience and vivid imagination to create stories.

1. Platform 93/4, Boarding School, Owls, Scary Bits 2. More Than Just Books – Harry Online 2 x 15-minute programmes

What’s So Good About ... Jamila Gavin? These programmes profile the life and work of this popular fiction writer, author of Grandpa Chatterji, Coram Boy, The Eye of the Horse and The Wormholers. We discover how Jamila, born in the foothills of the Himalayas in India, inherited her love of stories from her English mother. She started writing because she felt there weren’t enough books reflecting the lives of children from different ethnic backgrounds. We also learn how her own grandfather was the inspiration for Grandpa Chatterji.


Curriculum Connections

1. Heroes and Monsters: Dahl’s characters 2. The Greatest Secrets: How Dahl’s life and experiences influenced his work 3. Anything is Possible: Dahl’s creative genius 3 x 15-minute programmes

1. Myths and Legends: Childhood, friendships, story content 2. Wheel of Life: Creative writing, a perfect story, ideas from life 2 x 15-minute programmes

What’s So Good About ... Dick King-Smith? Dick King-Smith wrote over a hundred books including Foxbusters, Saddlebottom, Harry’s Mad and The Queen’s Nose, and achieved worldwide fame when his book The Sheep-Pig was made into the successful film Babe. These two programmes give an insight into King-Smith’s life and how the various experiences he lived through influenced his writing. In them he explains some of his approaches to writing and tells us why animals play such an important role in his books.

What’s So Good About ... Malorie Blackman? These programmes reflect on the life and work of the hugely popular author of Thief!, Noughts and Crosses, Tell Me No Lies, Whizziwig Returns, Trust Me and Pig-Heart Boy. Born in London, Malorie found that writing helped her cope with her parents’ separation as a teenager, and she hasn’t stopped writing since! In these two programmes Malorie shares her writing tips and inspirations, celebrates her talent and tells her readers exactly what they want to know. 1. We Have the Technology: Growing up, hobbies, getting ideas, top tips 2. Friends and Family: Creating characters, short chapters, the importance of family 2 x 15-minute programmes

1. Something on Paper

2. Through an Animal’s Eyes

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Animated Tales of the World DVDs English

Age 7–11

Embedded Activity Sheets


DVD 1 £50.00 QN443614

DVD 2 £50.00 QN443622

Curriculum Connections • Speaking and listening, reading, writing and drama skills • Range of traditional multicultural stories • Moving image texts conveying meaning and emotion

• Shows common themes in folktales • Supports citizenship and inclusion • Promotes awareness of foreign languages

Traditional stories from a range of cultures are conveyed through animation. Broadcasters from the 26 countries involved in this international project were teamed with an animation director and designer, usually from another country. Child heroes, animal heroes and grown-up heroes are portrayed in a variety of animation styles – but essentially these tales show that we are all very similar, wherever we come from. All of the stories can be viewed with an English language voiceover and to promote language awareness, some stories can also be viewed with a foreign language voiceover (French, German or Spanish). The red text below shows which programmes are available in a foreign language as well as English. Subtitles for those programmes are also available in the target foreign language as well as English, so you can adapt the resource to meet your needs.

Animated Tales of the World DVD 1

Animated Tales of the World DVD 2

1. The Magic Paintbrush: China – French 2. Cap o’ Rushes: England 3. The Tree With the Golden Apples: The Netherlands – GERMAN 4. Fionn and the Fianna: Ireland 5. The Chief and the Carpenter: Latin America – SPANISH 6. Raven Steals the Daylight: Alaska 7. The Three Sisters Who Fell Into the Mountain: Norway – GERMAN 8. Podna and Podni: Pakistan 9. The Two Brothers: Russia 10. The Green Man of Knowledge: Scotland ’ 11. Aunt Tiger: Taiwan – French ‘Aunt Tiger 12. King March: Wales – French BAFTA 13. Ewenn Congar: France – French dren’s

1. Bad Baby Amy: Australia – SPANISH 2. The Tyrant and the Child: Burkina Faso – French 3. Timoon and the Narwhal: Canada 4. The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep: Denmark – GERMAN 5. The Enchanted Lion: Germany – GERMAN 6. Persephone: Greece – SPANISH 7. The Crown and the Sceptre: The Gulf States – SPANISH 8. King Solomon and the Bee: Israel – SPANISH 9. Shepherd Boy Tumur: Mongolia 10. The Flower of Fern: Poland – GERMAN 11. The Story of Redhill: Singapore 12. How Tortoise Won Respect: South Africa 13. John Henry: USA

13 x 15-minute programmes

13 x 15-minute programmes

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Investigating Rivers DVD Geography

Age 7–11

Embedded Activity Sheets GEOGRAPHY

£50.00 QN050090 Curriculum Connections • Graphically demonstrates the physical features of a river • Introduces geographical concepts, vocabulary and ideas associated with rivers

• Shows how people interact with the river and its immediate environment • Using water: transport, industry, hydroelectricity

Investigating Rivers uses breathtaking aerial photography to demonstrate the physical features of rivers from source to mouth. Its two case studies, the Rhône in France and the Usk in Wales, examine how people use rivers for transport, industry and tourism. The support material embedded on the DVD is grouped into two folders: ’River journey’ and ’Using the river’. The activity sheets are designed to reinforce pupils’ understanding of the physical features of rivers, the water cycle, river transport and hydroelectricity. These documents are provided in Word format, enabling teachers to adapt the activities as they wish. Two activity sheets are designed for investigative activities, and are complemented by Excel spreadsheets which pupils can use to record data.


The Rhône

These two programmes provide a pilot’s-eye view of a river along its entire course, following the River Usk in South Wales from its bleak moorland source in the Brecon Beacons to its mouth near the industrial city of Newport. Stunning aerial photography demonstrates how the Usk is used for agricultural and industrial purposes, and how it manages to support a variety of wildlife on its 137 km journey. Narrated by Andrew Sachs.

This series follows the course of one of Europe’s major rivers, from source to mouth. From its Alpine source to the Camargue Delta, it has dramatically shaped the surrounding landscape and had an effect on its near neighbours. The programmes combine location filming and breathtaking aerial photography.

1. From the Mountain Spring 2. To the Open Sea 2 x 15-minute programmes

The series’ presenter travels by bike along the entire course of the Rhône, cycling through a tunnel in a Swiss glacier near its source, hitching a ride on a barge along the way, and eventually reaching the Mediterranean at the port of Fos. We see how the power of this mighty river is harnessed for hydroelectricity at Génissiat, look at industrial, agricultural and leisure usage of the river along its course, and learn why the French city of Lyon grew up around the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône. In the Camargue Delta, Monsieur Pierre André shows us some of the rich animal life of the region, including bulls, wild horses and flamingos. 1. Birth of a River 2. Down From the Hills 3. Meeting Places 4. Water for Life 5. Between Land and Sea 5 x 15-minute programmes 13

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Eureka! – India, China and Africa



Age 7–13

Double disc DVD contains three series – 285 minutes of programming

£80.00 QN050236 GEOGRAPHY

Curriculum Connections Geography • A locality in a country that is less economically developed • The location of places and environments • How places fit within a wider geographical context • How and why places change

Citizenship • The lives of people living in other places • Awareness of people with different values and customs

This brand new double-disc DVD compilation brings together three of Channel 4’s most memorable geography series and offers a visually rich portrait of life in Asia and Africa. Children from a broad range of countries share their lives, traditions and vibrant cultures. Pupils will gain an insight into life in settings that are very different to their own – whether rural or urban, traditional or modern. The embedded support materials are designed to assist teachers in lesson planning for effective use of the programmes in the classroom. They include background information, programme outlines, learning outcomes, suggestions for activities, and printable activity sheets.

The India File

Includes embedded support material

Age 7–10 A glimpse of modern India, interwoven with insights into its history and culture – from life in Bombay (Mumbai) with its ‘Bollywood’ movie industry to the life of Mahatma Ghandi. The programmes in this series look at different aspects of living in a modern country with a rich traditional heritage, such as home and school life, food and drink, work and leisure. Experiences of life in both rural and urban environments are observed and contrasted from a child’s point of view. The series also includes several Hindu stories: ‘The Birds who worked together’, ‘Birbal and the pot of rice’ and ‘The Mice who freed the elephants’. 1. Life in Bombay Family life in Bombay contrasted with ‘Bollywood’ 2. Life in the Village A child’s view of rural life and landscape 3. Arts and Crafts Including block printing and puppet making 4. The Struggle for Freedom India old and new 5. Celebrations The Hindu festival of Holi

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China: Fun and Firecrackers Age 7–11 China’s Spring Festival is the celebration of the New Year, when things come back to life after a long winter. Breaking out from their tough school timetable, Chinese children have the opportunity to see, do, explore and, above all, enjoy the best of their culture. We are introduced to Chinese children: where and how they live, what their schools and families are like, what they most enjoy doing and the society around them. Each programme concentrates on a creative or exciting activity, painting a picture of a culture unlike any other.

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Brush Painting Kung Fu Kids Magic Lantern Eat Play Boys Girls

4 × 15 minute programmes

Africa’s Child Age 9–13 This series looks at the present and future of Africa through children’s eyes. The programmes focus on the lives of ten children from diverse backgrounds who describe in their own words what it is like to be growing up in Africa at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Although it does touch on the continent’s harsher realities, this series introduces pupils to a positive view of life in Africa.

1. Ghana – Dance to the Drum 2. Kenya – Living with Lions 3. Zanzibar – Spice Girl 4. Cameroon – My Rainforest 5. Swaziland – Living with Ancestors 6. Niger – Desert Journey 7. Egypt – Big City Girl 8. Mozambique – Streetwise 9. Ethiopia – Festival of Fire 10. South Africa – The Boy Who Wanted to Fly

10 × 15 minute programmes

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Jamaica DVD Geography

Age 7–11

Embedded full-colour Resource Book


£29.00 QN443177 Curriculum Connections • A locality in a less economically developed country • Water and how it affects landscapes and people

Jamaican children present their country in ways that allow us to observe and consider geographical concepts and issues.

Many aspects of everyday life in the towns of Kingston and Port Antonio are shown and animal habitats around the island’s shores are visited.

• Settlements of different sizes and natures • How the changing environment is managed and sustained

1. A Place to Live 2. The Local People 3. People at Work 4. So Much Water 5. The Coastal Environment

5 x 15-minute programmes

We Are From ... DVD Geography


Age 9–12

Free website:

£39.00 QN44677X Curriculum Connections • Cross-curricular links with citizenship

• Awareness of people with different values and customs

• Awareness of Europe

Children from 12 European countries introduce themselves and their countries to children from other parts of Europe. They take us to the different regions of their country, show us the variety of people who live there and talk about their interests and lifestyles. This series allows children in the UK to learn about other countries in Europe and Europe’s varied physical and human landscape. The programmes will help to broaden UK children’s understanding of life in a variety of countries.

1. The Netherlands 2. Greece 3. Denmark 4. France 5. Sweden 6. Germany 7. Norway

8. Turkey 9. Finland 10. Slovenia 11. Czech Republic 12. Croatia 12 x 15-minute programmes

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Citizenship p38

Sustainable Development: Environment DVD

Age 9–16

DVD contains two series – 240 minutes of programming



Education for Sustainable Development

Curriculum Connections • Sustainable development • Environmental case studies from around the world • Global and local problems • Economic and social causes of environmental issues

• Cross-curricular links with citizenship • The global economy • Modern studies

Embedded Teachers’ Guide

Once Upon a Planet

Using environmental case studies from around the world – chosen for their interest and relevance to pupils – these programmes offer advice and information to young people on how they can make a difference to the environment. The programmes familiarise viewers with the major challenges of the day and their underlying economic and social causes. They also inspire pupils to make a difference to the environment.

Once Upon a Planet seeks to bring schools up to date with the latest thinking on some of the major environmental problems of our time. The programmes ring an ‘alarm bell’, spelling out the sheer scale of the global crises confronting us – biodiversity extinction, climate change, pollution and over-consumption of natural resources. Yet there is also a campaigning edge to the programmes, highlighting solutions being developed in Britain and around the world, to show what ordinary citizens can do. The programmes stress the economic and social issues underlying environmental crises and the need to pursue a global model based on the ideal of sustainable consumption.

1. Water 2. Biodiversity 3. Natural Resources and Recycling 4. Energy 5. Food and Farming 6. Cars 7. Rich World/Poor World

7 x 20-minute programmes

1. Drop the Debt 2. Fair Trade? 3. Staying Cool 4. What a Waste 5. Life on Earth

5 x 20-minute programmes

Free website: The website includes ideas and tips for taking action, including contacting organisations around the world, and links to other relevant websites.

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Seeing Geography CD-ROMs Geography

Age 7–11

Free website:


£100.00 each Curriculum Connections • Locality in the UK • Locality in a country that is less developed • Water and its effects on landscapes and people

• Physical features of rivers • How settlements differ and change • Environmental issues

Reinforcing Learning Within each topic, there are a variety of methods used to reinforce learning and help children to begin to understand complex geographical concepts: • video clips • information screens with audio facility to read out text • interactive activities • photographs and illustrations • wordbank • teacher resources • printable activity sheets Developing and consolidating ICT skills For example: • pupils can copy and paste photo album images into Word or PowerPoint documents for their own presentations • they will become familiar with the use of hyperlinks by using the wordbank The activities have been designed to feature a variety of methods of response: • drop-down menus • tick box answers • drag-and-drop • typing in responses

£120 OFF 4 CD-ROM Seeing Geography Pack QN443754

Localities in the UK CD-ROM QN44517X Pupils can explore the main features of settlements and the various environmental and economic issues surrounding them. The examples are from a range of locations throughout the UK, including: York, London, Glasgow, Isle of Skye, Shetland Isles, Braemar, Belfast, Derry/Londonderry, Wrexham, Leicester, Cumbria, East Anglia and North Wales. The examples can be used to illustrate geographical patterns and processes common to many places and also to compare and contrast with each other and any other locations being studied.

Environmental Change CD-ROM QN445161 Featuring case studies from around the world, the CD-ROM shows pupils how positive individual and local actions can contribute towards solving and managing worldwide environmental problems.

Localities Around the World CD-ROM

Rivers CD-ROM



Using this CD-ROM, pupils will learn how their own daily lives and experiences relate to the wider world. Terms such as ‘abroad’, ‘overseas’ and ‘international’ often have little meaning – because these places are far away, they do not affect life in pupils’ own town or village. Learning more about some of these places will help pupils counter sometimes one-sided and stereotypical preconceptions about distant locations.

Featuring stunning, panoramic clips of the River Usk in Wales and the Rhône in France, this CD-ROM demonstrates the physical features of rivers at their different stages, from source to estuary. It also investigates the natural processes at work along the course of a river as well as the use of rivers by people. The clips are complemented by interactive activities as well as printable activity sheets.


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Ancient Egypt and Greece DVD History

Age 7–11

DVD contains four series – 240 minutes of programming

£50.00 QN443606

• Portrays life in ancient Egypt and Greece • Gives representations of the past • Features work and leisure

• Archaeological discoveries: temples, tombs, art, language and technology • Cross-curricular maths: examples of maths in key periods of history


Curriculum Connections

Embedded Teachers’ Guides

Ancient Egypt The world of pyramids and mummies is an excellent springboard for creative art and drama work as well as history, geography and technology. Ancient Egypt provides comprehensive background information on this great civilisation.

1. The Gift of the Nile 2. Homes and Hieroglyphs 3. Death of a Pharaoh 4. Egyptian Women 5. The Weighing of the Heart

5 x 15-minute programmes

Ancient Greece

Maths From History

Who were the Ancient Greeks? These programmes illustrate the legacy of Greek architecture, art and language, and explore Ancient Greek life and mythology.

These programmes explore the use of mathematics in two ancient cultures, using the study of history to motivate children’s mathematical thinking. Colourful graphics explain the mathematics and a strong narrative thread brings the past alive.

1. Greek Gods and Temples 2. The Legacy of Greece 3. Farming and Trade 4. Everyday Life

Egyptians 1. Number, Calculations and 3D Shape 1 x 15-minute programme

5 x 15-minute programmes Greeks 1. Number, Patterns and Shape

A Giant in Ancient Egypt

1 x 15-minute programme

Ancient Egypt is explored through the life of an extraordinary Italian, Giovanni Belzoni. Belzoni came to England in the early nineteenth century and made his living as a circus strongman before travelling to Egypt. There, in spite of his lack of training and education, he made a succession of remarkable discoveries. 1. Belzoni – Strong Man on the Nile: The Importance of the Nile 2. Following the Pharaoh: The role of the Pharaohs 3. Secrets of the Tomb: The Egyptian attitude to death

Free website: Essentials is a colourful and entertaining set of free educational websites that allow primary age children to explore the key issues in history, geography and science.

Maths p26

3 x 20-minute programmes


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Romans, Celts and Vikings DVD



Age 7–11

DVD contains 135 minutes of programming, from four series

£50.00 QN443657

Here Come the Vikings!

Maths From History

Curriculum Connections • Looks at migration and settlements • Considers life and society • Places the Vikings in Britain • Explores archaeological evidence • Cross-curricular maths: examples of maths in key periods of history

Curriculum Connections • Numbers • Shape, Space and Measures • Cross-curricular maths: examples of maths in key periods of history

Two children visit a dig on a Shetland Viking site to learn about these resourceful settlers and the immense impact they had on life in Britain and Ireland. 1. They Came From the North 2. The Vikings in Britain 3. Digging Up the Vikings

This programme explores the use of mathematics in ancient culture, using the study of history to motivate children’s mathematical thinking. Colourful graphics explain the mathematics and a strong narrative thread brings the past alive. Romans 1. Number, Geometrical Patterns and Measures 1 x 15-minute programme

3 x 15-minute programmes

When the Romans Came to Wales Curriculum Connections • Looks at Celtic and Roman ways of life • Reinforces chronology through the story of a Roman boy’s family • Considers interpretations of the past from Celtic and Roman viewpoints • Uses a range of sources and locations in Wales • Links with DCELLS Key Stage 2 Programme of Study ‘Life in Early Wales and Britain’ • Follows the story of Tadius of Isca, published by Dref Wen The presenter, David Petersen, presents archive sources and artefacts, interviews historians and observes dramatic re-enactments showing different interpretations of various aspects of daily life at the time.

Romans and Celts Curriculum Connections • Celtic and Roman ways of life • The impact of Roman settlement on Britain Barates, the Syrian, sold silk flags to the Roman legionaries on Hadrian’s Wall. His story, and that of his British wife Regina, illustrates the social and cultural diversity of the time.

1. The Eagles Have Landed 2. Lice in the Tunic 3. The Tiger on the Floor 4. The Horse on the Hill 5. The Wolf From the East

1. The Celts: Daily life around AD 50 2. Celtic and Roman Conflict: Military life around AD 75 3. The Romans: Daily life around AD 100 4. Trade and Communication: Travel in the Empire AD 145

4 x 15-minute programmes

Embedded support material: 2 Activity Books Maths p26

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Tudor Times DVD History

Age 7–11

Embedded Activity Book HISTORY

£29.00 QN443150 Curriculum Connections • Life for country people in Tudor times • Attitudes and beliefs of people in Tudor times

In Tudor Times children recreate various aspects of Tudor family life. Freddy and Holly join the household of poor farm labourers; Phil, Michaela and Josh find themselves living with yeoman farmers; whilst Nell and Greg join the household of the local bailiff. Through the observations and experiences of these seven young ‘reporters’ we witness the highs and lows of daily life in Tudor Britain, as experienced by the rich and poor at work and play.

• Inequality in Tudor times • Rich and poor Tudors

• Changes during the Tudor period

1. Housing, Hygiene and Health 2. Work and Education 3. Food, Drink and Entertainment

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Famous Tudors Storybooks A pack of six full-colour storybooks about individuals who helped to shape the Tudor period.

3 x 20-minute programmes

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Famous Victorians DVD

Age 5–12

DVD contains three series – 180 minutes of programming




Curriculum Connections • Victorian employment and social history • People of significance in the past

• Life in late Victorian times • The literary conventions of a diary • Promotes literacy skills

• The nature of historical evidence • Change and continuity, cause and effect

A Victorian Diary

Famous Victorians

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31 December 1889: Maggie Johnson has been writing a diary since her youth. Now an old lady, she opens her diary and starts the final entry of the year. Throughout her married life, her photographer husband has recorded events, both great and small, that have touched their family and community. The main aspects of Victorian life covered are children and schools, everyday living (for rich and poor), factory life, leisure and the pace of change.

These programmes feature achievements that reflect the rapid technological and social changes that characterised the Victorian era. The fascinating lives of these Victorians are portrayed in a style that is both lucid and engaging.

Famous Victorians Storybook Pack

1. George Stephenson 2. Mary Seacole

£25.00. QN159858 For further details, go to

1. School Days 2. Downstairs, Upstairs 3. Down But Not Out 4. Strike 5. Final Chapter

5 x 15-minute programmes

2 x 15-minute programmes

A pack of six full-colour storybooks that recall the lives of prominent Victorians, whose achievements reflect the rapid technological and social changes that characterised the Victorian era.

Victorian Scots Famous Scottish Victorians come back to set the record straight on their lives and achievements in this compelling series of five programmes.

1. Alexander Graham Bell 2. John Muir 3. Elsie Inglis 4. Andrew Carnegie 5. David Livingstone

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Britons at War DVD History

Age 7–11

Embedded Teachers’ Guide


£29.00 QN443592 Curriculum Connections • Life in the 1930s • Technology in the 1930s • Hitler and the Jews

• Features of war • Building in the 1950s • Life in the 1950s

• Wartime London • Wartime in the country • The Blitz

Britons at War vividly recreates wartime Britain through a detailed three-part drama which follows the experiences of 10-year-old Jimmy in a period of traumatic change in British history. Before the dramas a scenesetting documentary, The Road to War, charts the mood of the nation through the 1930s depression. A second documentary, Never Again, takes us from the end of the war in 1945 to the feel-good Festival of Britain in 1951.

• The welfare state • Evacuation

1. The Road to War 2. Nelson’s Eye 3. Run Rabbit, Run 4. The Admiralty Regrets 5. Never Again

5 x 20-minute programmes

All Change and Lisa Looks Back DVD HISTORY


Age 6–11

DVD contains two series – 175 minutes of programming

£50.00 QN443142

All Change

Lisa Looks Back

The UK 1945–1970 through home movies

Set in Northern Ireland, Lisa Looks Back is an innovative series of five programmes that builds understanding of the changes since the 1950s through the stories told to Lisa by her grandmother.

Curriculum Connections • Social and cultural features of recent history • Changes in daily life • Significant events of the period • Personal recollections and film sources

1. Going to Granny’s 2. Fun and Games 3. O’Donnell’s Farm

By engaging with the sources of personal recollection and film, All Change uses home movies to show how people have recorded everyday life in the UK in the decades following the Second World War. The programmes provide a fascinating insight into the changes that affected the lives of millions. The series is presented by Tony Robinson. 1. Home: Houses and homes, and how they changed as people became more prosperous 2. Work: Working life in field, factory and office 3. Travel: From steam to diesel and electric trains; a journey by road with the Mini; the motorway; and the motorbike 4. Leisure: Holiday camps, package tours and cruises; the cinema, pop culture and shopping 5. Technology: Changes in technology from the Festival of Britain in 1951 to space technology in the late 1960s 5 x 20-minute programmes 22

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4. Are We Nearly There? 5. Back to School 5 x 15-minute programmes

Famous People DVD History

Embedded Teachers’ Guide and Activity Book HISTORY

Age 5–9

£50.00 QN443134 Curriculum Connections • People of significance in the past

• The nature of historical evidence

• Change and continuity, cause and effect

This series profiles the lives of ten famous people whose actions and experiences are still remembered and celebrated today. Each programme opens with a dramatic event central to the subject’s life. The narrator then recounts the famous person’s story with key moments dramatically reconstructed. The programme concludes with the storyteller presenting physical evidence to show the story is true. 1. George Stephenson: Steaming away 2. Grace Darling: To the rescue 3. Alexander Graham Bell: Ringing the changes 4. Mary Seacole: Battling to save lives 5. Neil Armstrong: Man on the Moon 6. Boudica: Victorious Queen 7. Guy Fawkes: Gunpowder plot 8. Helen Keller: True visionary 9. Gandhi: Great soul 10. Amy Johnson: Maiden flight

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Famous People Storybooks This series of 23 full-colour storybooks details the lives and achievements of famous people whose actions, experiences or inventions have had a direct influence on our lives today. Ideal for topic work on Famous People, these books will help support the development of historical and literacy skills. £5.00 each

10 x 15-minute programmes

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Flying Through History DVD History

Age 9–14

Embedded Teachers’ Guide HISTORY

£40.00 QN443320 Curriculum Connections • Gives an overview of the impact of invaders and settlers • Shows changes over time

Designed to support the teaching of British history, these programmes feature aerial footage that shows changes in the UK landscape and architecture from Roman times to the present day. This DVD observes how the landscape of Britain has evolved over 2000 years. Filmed entirely from a helicopter, the programmes offer a unique opportunity to visit key sites of the past. The vast wealth of evidence in the landscape is revealed; a platform for the study of local history and for an overview of each of the six key periods.

• Provides a basis for British history

This unit was made in a pioneering joint venture between Marks & Spencer and Channel 4 Television.

1. Pre-Roman and Roman Britain 2. Medieval Realms 3. The Tudor Age 4. Industrial Revolution 5. The Victorians 6. Britain Since 1930

6 x 30-minute programmes Free programme notes: programmenotes


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Seeing History CD-ROMs History

Age 7–11

Free website:


£100.00 each Curriculum Connections • Conflicts • Places

• At home • Finding out

• Learning and beliefs • Leisure time

• Travel and trade

The Seeing History CD-ROMs bring history to life with topic-focussed, curriculum-relevant clips from the best of Channel 4’s programmes.

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The clips are complemented by a variety of interactive activities that reinforce the key learning points from the clips and information screens, as well as printable activity sheets. The CD-ROMs also include a teachers’ area featuring detailed lesson plans.

Roman Times CD-ROM

Ancient Egypt CD-ROM



Curriculum Connections • Roman conquest and occupation of Britain • How British society was affected by Roman settlement • Roman settlement in the local area • The building of roads, villas and towns by the Romans

Curriculum Connections • Significant places and individuals • Beliefs, customs and legends • Temples and tombs • Houses and cities • Words and communication

Guided by Tadia, a young girl of Celtic ancestry, pupils will learn more about the everyday lives and history of the Romans and Celts through engaging video re-enactments.

Ancient Greece CD-ROM QN443681 Curriculum Connections • The way of life, beliefs and achievements of the people living in Ancient Greece • Citizens and slaves • Soldiers and warfare • Ships and trading • Houses, cities and public buildings Ion, a young boy caught up in the siege of Athens in the 5th century BC, gives us insight into Ancient Greek life. The videos on this CD-ROM feature reenactments of daily life as well as presentations explaining what artefacts such as pottery can tell us about this civilisation.

Nefret, a 12-year-old girl from a peasant family, gives her perspective on Ancient Egyptian life. The clips on this CD-ROM feature reenactments of Ancient Egyptian life and presentations about artefacts found in Ancient Egyptian tombs.

Tudor Times CD-ROM QN445196 Curriculum Connections • Tudor times • The Spanish Armada • Castles and defences • Houses

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Daily life At work Learning Health

Robert Kendall, a yeoman, leads the pupils into Tudor England and Wales, where they explore the Tudor period through videos, information screens and short quizzes.


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Britain Since 1930 CD-ROM QN445218 Curriculum Connections • War years • At work • At home • Travel • At school • Leisure Aviator Johnny Swift takes pupils on a journey from the 1930s to the present day. The clips on this disk help convey the rapid and often dramatic changes in daily life that have taken place during this period, to the present day.

Victorian Times CD-ROM QN44520X Curriculum Connections • Country life • Inventors and engineers • Town life • Health • At school • The Empire • At work • Leisure Charlie Coles, the lucky chimney sweep, introduces pupils to smoky Victorian Britain, to be explored through videos, information screens and short quizzes.

Famous People Storybooks Historic Figures Throughout the Ages

Age 7–11

Full-colour Storybooks HISTORY

£5.00 each Curriculum Connections • People of significance in the past • The nature of historical evidence

• Change and continuity, cause and effect • Encourages class discussion

Famous People Storybooks This series of 23 full-colour storybooks details the lives and achievements of famous people whose actions, experiences or inventions have had a direct influence on our lives today. Each book is between 24 and 32 pages. Best sellers of the series include: Mary Seacole Mary Seacole was born in Jamaica over 200 years ago. The daughter of a Scottish army officer and a Jamaican woman who had been a slave, Mary became famous for her bravery as a nurse tending to the wounded and dying soldiers on the battlefields of the Crimean War.

Queen Victoria Aged just 18, Victoria ascended the throne at a time when the monarchy was unpopular, yet she lived to reign longer than any other British monarch – over the largest empire the world has ever seen.

Sir Walter Raleigh An explorer of the New World, Sir Walter Raleigh also had many adventures when he was at home, some of which ended in him being imprisoned in the Tower of London!

Queen Elizabeth I The only child of Henry VIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth is considered one of the country’s most successful and popular monarchs.

William Shakespeare Considered to be one of the greatest playwrights of all time and the most extraordinary master of the English language, he wrote a total of 37 plays and died a wealthy man in 1616. For further details, go to

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Famous Women in History A selection of storybooks detailing how the achievements of these important women in history had an influence on our lives today.

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Alexander Graham Bell Amy Johnson Boudica Cleopatra Dr John Dee Gandhi George Stephenson Gladys Aylward Grace Darling Guy Fawkes Helen Keller Henry VIII Isambard Kingdom Brunel Leonardo Da Vinci Mary Seacole Neil Armstrong Queen Elizabeth I Queen Victoria Sir Francis Drake Sir Walter Raleigh William Shakespeare

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Cross-curricular links: PSHE, English, Citizenship, Science, RE and Geography. See also: Tudor Times p21, Famous Victorians p21, Famous People p23.


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The Number Crew DVD Maths

Age 5–7

DVD contains eight series – 700 minutes of programming


£90.00 QN443568 Curriculum Connections • Numbers and the number system • Shape and space

• Calculations • Solving problems

On the SS Mathematical you’ll find the Number Crew – a bunch of friendly characters and animals who will guide your 5–7 year olds through choppy maths concepts, the ups and downs of arithmetic, measures, shapes and space and all sorts of knotty problems that need solving. You’ll find The Number Crew fully equipped with useful, colourful and imaginative resources that can be used alongside any infant maths scheme. The Number Crew is wonderfully flexible for teachers to use. For pupils, it’s sheer fun and makes maths a treat right from the start!

Numbers and the Number System 1 Age 5–6 1. All Aboard Reciting in order the numbers from 0 to 20 and back again 2. Numbers on the Doors Reading and writing the numbers up to 20 3. The Welcome Meeting Counting at least 20 objects 4. Storm and Seasickness 1 Counting on and back in ones from any number under 10 5. Storm and Seasickness 2 Counting on and back in tens to and from 100 6. Time for Treats Knowing what a two-digit number represents 7. The Dancing Bear Saying the number that is 1 or 10 more than a given number 8. Drinks for All Counting on and back in twos and recognising odd and even numbers 9. Hunting for Bunting Counting on and back in fives 10.  The Party Comparing and ordering, including ordinal numbers 10 x 10-minute programmes

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• Handling data • Measures

Calculations 1 Age 5–6

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11.  Lifeboat Practice Addition using number bonds to 5 12.  After Lifeboat Practice Subtraction using number bonds to 5 13.  Ten Thing Bowling Addition and subtraction using number bonds to 10 14.  Ten Thing Bowling Competition Using knowledge of number facts and place value to add a pair of numbers 15. Clear Up! Partitioning and recombining 16. The Trouble With Crocodiles Adding a pair of single-digit numbers, crossing the 10 boundary 17.  Ice Creams Adding 9 by adding 10 and subtracting 1 18.  Double Trouble Knowing doubles of numbers 1 to 5 and learning doubles of 6 to 10 19.  The Number Crew on Wheels Introduction to multiplication and associated vocabulary 20. Roller Hockey Introduction to division and associated vocabulary 10 x 10-minute programmes

Solving Problems 1 Age 5–6 21. T  he Roller Coaster Vocabulary for measuring and solving length problems 22. The Roller Coaster 2 Vocabulary for measuring and solving mass problems 23.  Drinks in the Sun Vocabulary for measuring and solving capacity problems 24.  The Funfair Recognising coins and their equivalent money values 25.  More Fun at the Fair Choosing the appropriate number operation(s) to solve number problems 26. The Treasure Hunt Solving numerical problems, recognising simple patterns, making predictions 27.  It’s Yo-Yo Time Understanding the vocabulary for time and units of time 28. Do It for Charity Reading the time from clocks and solving problems using time 29.  Sports Day Collecting and recording numerical data 30. The Number Crew Awards Collecting, recording, discussing and making predictions from numerical data 10 x 10-minute programmes


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Solving Problems 2 Age 6–7

31.  Shape Sorting Describing and sorting common 3-D shapes according to their properties 32.  Shape Escape Describing and sorting common 2-D shapes according to their properties 33.  Super Models Making models, shapes and patterns and describing their features 34.  Fit Club Describing positions and directions 35.  Turning Moments Describing movements and understanding angle as a measure of turn

21.  Landing on the Island Choosing and using appropriate operations and efficient strategies to solve problems 22.  Exploring the Island Explaining how a problem was solved orally and, where appropriate, in writing 23.  Setting Up Camp Estimating, measuring and comparing lengths using standard units 24. Weights and Pleasures Estimating, measuring and comparing masses using standard units 25.  The Beach Party Estimating, measuring and comparing capacities using standard units 26.  The Model Island Reading a simple scale to the nearest labelled division, including using a ruler to draw and measure lines to the nearest centimetre 27.  The Cash Machine Recognising all coins and using £.p notation for money 28. The Big Slide Using units of time and reading the times during the day 29.  The Photographs Knowing the names of the months and the seasons of the year and ordering them 30.  The Mathematics Show Solving a problem by sorting, classifying and organising information in simple ways

5 x 10-minute programmes

Numbers and the Number System 2 Age 6–7 1. Paw Prints on the Tiles Reciting in order the numbers from 0 to 100 and back again 2. Tiling With Style Reading and writing the numbers up to 100 3. The Number Bugs Arrive Counting up to 100 objects by grouping them 4. The Place for Treats Knowing what each digit in a two-digit number represents, including 0 as a place holder 5. Ordering Drinks Ordering a set of one- and two-digit numbers, and positioning them on a number line 6. Sharing the Bugs Counting on and back in twos and recognising even (and odd) numbers to 30 7. Bug Magnets Understanding and using the vocabulary of estimation and approximation 8. Rounding Up the Bugs Rounding numbers less than 100 to the nearest 10 9. Action With Fractions Finding one half and one quarter of shapes and small numbers of objects 10.  The Christmas Party Recognising that two halves or four quarters make a whole, and that two quarters and one half are equivalent 10 x 10-minute programmes

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Shape and Space 2 Age 6–7 31. Changing Faces Describing and sorting common 3-D shapes according to their properties 32.  Octa Doctor Describing and sorting common 2-D shapes according to their properties 33. Symmetrical Spectacles Recognising line symmetry in simple cases 34. Nesting Time Describing positions and directions 35. Return of the Crew Recognising whole, half and quarter turns and knowing that a quarter turn is a right ‘One of the g angle engagin 5 x 10-minute programmes

Calculations 2 Age 6–7 11.  The Iceberg Recognising that addition can be done in any order 12.  Putting On and Taking Off Recognising that subtraction is the inverse of addition 13.  The Mathematical Seven Knowing by heart addition and subtraction facts for 7 14.  Ice Dancing Adding three numbers by using pairs totalling 10 15.  Spring Cleaning Using addition and subtraction patterns to do similar calculations 16.  Hip Hip Array! Understanding multiplication as describing an array 17.  The Roller Disco Understanding division as grouping or repeated subtraction 18.  The Trouble With Doubles Recognising halving as the inverse of doubling 19.  The Holiday Club Knowing by heart the multiplication facts for the 2 times table and deriving the corresponding division facts 20.  The Number Bug Holiday Club Knowing by heart the multiplication facts for the 10 times table and deriving the corresponding division facts

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Star Maths DVD Maths

Age 7–9

Double disc DVD contains four series – 400 minutes of programming


£90.00 QN050151 Curriculum Connections • Shape and space • Calculations

• Numbers and the number system • Measures

• Solving problems • Handling data

When the school space bus breaks down, Sam and Amber find refuge on Junketir, a strange planet deep in space. The children soon learn that an understanding of maths is essential to solving the challenges they encounter during their adventures. They enlist help from Lisa, the space ferry pilot, eccentric Uncle Zak and a group of robotic helpers, the Wattbots. This series is designed to develop mathematical skills and confidence, while demonstrating that maths can be fun. Each programme consists of an animation sequence that highlights one maths problem within a self-contained story. This is complemented by a section that uses animation and graphics to further illustrate the same maths focus and make it more explicit. These programmes can be used on their own to fit in with any teaching scheme, or as a whole class introduction to consolidate the topic being studied. The Star Maths series is split into two units of 10-minute programmes for each of the two year groups in the 7–9 age range and comes in a double DVD pack.

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Part 2: Age 7–8

Numbers and the Number System 1. Welcome to Junketir Reading and writing whole numbers to 1,000 2. Pods and Parcels Ordering whole numbers to 1,000 3. Dustbugs and Parsnips Knowing what each digit in a 3-digit number represents 4. Celestial TV Counting on and back in tens from 2-digit and 3-digit numbers 5. Feeding the Spoats Counting on and back in hundreds from 2-digit and 3-digit numbers 6. Bits and Pieces Recognising and using unit fractions 7. More Bits and Pieces Recognising and using equivalent fractions

Calculations 11. The Faulty Machine Knowing by heart the addition facts for 15 12. A Game of Darts Knowing by heart the addition facts for 20 13. The Wattbot Sports Day Understanding division as grouping and sharing 14. Lisa’s Surprise Visit Understanding that division is the inverse of multiplication 15. The Mischievous Pozzle Knowing by heart the facts for the 2-, 5- and 10-times tables

Measures, Shape and Space 8. The Ghostbase Using units of time (seconds, minutes and hours) and knowing the relationship between them 9. Lisa’s Birthday Surprise Identifying lines of symmetry in simple shapes 10. Botler Blows a Fuse Identifying and using right angles 10 x 10-minute programmes

Solving Problems 16. The Route Home Choosing and using appropriate operations to solve word problems (measures) 17. The Treasure Hunt Choosing and using appropriate operations to solve word problems (number puzzles) 18. Video Diaries Solving a problem that includes sorting dates Handling Data 19. The Wattbot Check-up Solving a problem by organising and interpreting numerical data in a table 20. A Walk in Space Solving a problem by organising and interpreting numerical data in a bar chart 10 x 10-minute programmes


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Part 4: Age 8–9 Handling Data 31. Eggs in Space Solving a problem by collecting, organising, representing and interpreting data in a pictogram 32. The Lonely Planetoid Solving a problem by collecting, organising, representing and interpreting data in a bar chart Calculations 33. A Perfect Fit Using known number facts and place value to add mentally 34. What’s the Difference? Using known number facts and place value to subtract mentally 35. It All Adds Up Carrying out column addition of two 3-digit numbers 36. Power Cut Carrying out column subtraction of two 3-digit numbers 37. Leftovers Finding remainders after division

Part 3: Age 8–9 Numbers and the Number System 21. Distress Call Using symbols correctly, including less than (<) and equals (=) 22. Collision Course Rounding any 3-digit number to the nearest 10 23. Near Enough Rounding any 3-digit number to the nearest 100 24. Reaction Time Using decimal notation, knowing what each digit in a decimal fraction represents 25. A Fraction Too Close Recognising the equivalence between simple fractions and decimals Measures, Shape and Space 26. Wattbot in Distress Knowing and using the relationships between familiar units of length 27. Baby in the Balance Knowing and using the relationships between familiar units of mass 28. Bubblemud, Glorious Bubblemud Solving a simple measures problem involving proportion 29. The Shape Shooters Knowing and naming 2-D and 3-D shapes 30. The Key Decision Visualising 3-D shapes from 2-D drawings 10 x 10-minute programmes

Solving Problems 38. A Waste of Time Solving a real-life problem by reading the time from clocks 39. The Farewell Party Solving mathematical problems and puzzles 40. The Final Mission Solving a real-life problem involving planning a route 10 x 10-minute programmes

4 Teachers’ Guides Includes ideas, suggestions and strategies for using the Star Maths programmes in and beyond a daily maths lesson. Double-page spread for each programme covering: • programme synopsis • learning outcomes • mathematical vocabulary • activity suggestions (for before, during and after viewing the programme)

4 Activity Books The four Activity Books each include: • 30 activity sheets that develop mathematical concepts and vocabulary • 4 resource sheets for individual, pair and group work • supporting teachers’ notes


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Puzzle Maths DVD Maths

Age 7–11

Embedded Teachers’ Guides and Activity Books


£50.00 QN443193 Curriculum Connections • Number

• Adding and subtracting

• Multiplying and dividing

• Shape and space

Meet Jess and Jake, the two lively presenter puppets, and their pet rabbit Harvey, and let them guide you through mathematical problems, puzzles and games, illustrated through creative graphics, animation and live action. Ideal for maths lessons or for after-school work. 1. Place Value and Ordering 2. Adding and Subtracting 3. Multiplying and Dividing 4. Reasoning About Numbers 5. Shape and Space 6. Number 7. Addition and Subtraction 8. Multiplication and Division 9. Handling Data 10. Shape and Space

Free website: puzzlemaths Pupils will enjoy playing the games featured on this website, which cover a wide spectrum of maths activities based on the National Numeracy Framework.

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Maths Mansion DVDs



Age 9–11 DVD 1 £50.00 QN443118

DVD 2 £50.00 QN443126

A Gothic mansion is the setting for Maths Mansion, where captured children are held under the watchful eye of Bad Man, the ruler of the house. To escape his clutches, the children must solve maths problems and puzzles successfully. Each programme looks at a different key maths idea and includes one or two humorous songs to consolidate understanding of mathematical concepts. Both DVDs feature embedded Teachers’ Guides and Activity Books. Free Maths Mansion website – great for extension activities:

Maths Mansion 1 DVD

Maths Mansion 2 DVD

Curriculum Connections • Numbers and the number system • Solving problems • Calculations • Measures • Shape and space

Curriculum Connections • Numbers and the number system • Calculations • Measures • Shape and space • Solving problems • Handling data

1. Numbers and the Number System – 8 x 10-minute programmes 2. Solving Problems – 2 x 10-minute programmes 3. Calculations – 6 x 10-minute programmes 4. Measures, Shape and Space – 4 x 10-minute programmes

1. Numbers and the Number System – 8 x 10-minute programmes 2. Calculations – 2 x 10-minute programmes 3. Measures, Shape and Space, and Solving Problems – 9 x 10-minute programmes 4. Handling Data – 1 x 10-minute programme

Total – 20 x 10-minute programmes

Total – 20 x 10-minute programmes


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Maths Mansion 1 and 2 CD-ROMs Maths

Age 9–11 CD-ROM 2 £100.00 QN159742


CD-ROM 1 £100.00 QN159734 Curriculum Connections • Multiplication • Decimals

• Ratio • Area

• Division • Fractions

• Proportion • Triangles and quadrilaterals

Twenty challenging and fun maths games for 9–11 year olds These two CD-ROMs are based on the successful Maths Mansion television series in which children are trapped in a Gothic mansion by their host Bad Man until they can successfully meet a range of maths challenges. The second CD-ROM provides continuity and progression from the first. Each game on the CD-ROMs features: • an explanatory video clip from the TV series • two levels of play to provide practice and progression • Maths Mansion Awards on successful completion of the games • glossary of mathematical vocabulary used

Free website: This website is based on the television adventure game show for 9–11 year olds. Children can join in here and improve their maths at the same time by tackling the Viewers’ Challenges online.

Maths Mansion supports effective maths teaching • D  ifferentiated level settings on the games help you cater for pupils’ different learning abilities • Child Progress Report allows you to measure and monitor an individual’s progress • Class Progress Report allows you to measure and monitor class progress • Brilliant for booster class at year 5 and 6 • T  he integrated animation clips will help you to improve results as they support the many different learning styles in your class

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• These CD-ROMs allow you to use ICT in maths – this helps you to meet Ofsted recommendations


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Chez Mimi DVD French

Age 9–12

Full colour pupil Activity Book available

£29.00 QN446737 MFL

Curriculum Connections • Introduction to French culture • Basic listening material • Words on screen link sounds with writing

• England – supports the Key Stage 2 Modern Language Schemes of Work • Scotland – observes the Modern Languages 5–14 National Guidelines

Meet Madame Mimi, the cantankerous concierge of an extraordinary apartment block in a typical French town, where bizarre characters introduce us to their lives and language. These lively programmes feature simple French in a variety of colourful settings.

Topics covered include:

Activity Book

• • • • • • • • • •

Mon album à moi! Bright, colourful, fun activities for pupils to enjoy at home or in the classroom, offering easy-to-tackle first steps towards building their confidence in basic French. The Activity Book covers the topics, vocabulary and structures that feature in the programmes. Includes useful bilingual vocabulary glossary. Full colour.

Pets Family Greetings and introductions Food and drink Weather Birthdays and special occasions Months, days, numbers and age Clothes and colours Parts of the body and physical description Sports and hobbies

1. En famille 2. Les copains 3. À table! 4. Nos amis les bêtes 5. On joue?

Activity Book £6.95 £4.95 each for sets of 20 or more QN156190

5 x 15-minute programmes Free transcripts are available:

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La Tienda de Luis DVD Spanish

Age 9–12

Full colour pupil Activity Book available

£29.00 QN446699

• Introduction to Spanish culture • Basic listening material • Words on screen link sounds and writing


Curriculum Connections • England – supports the Key Stage 2 Modern Language Schemes of Work • Scotland – observes the Modern Languages 5–14 National Guidelines

La Tienda de Luis, aimed at young learners of Spanish, is set in the old town of Oviedo, in the Spanish region of Asturias, where Luis, a friendly, larger-than-life character opens a new shop with the help of his equally eccentric aunt, Tía María. In each episode a group of young people join Luis in adventures around their home town. The scenarios introduce and reinforce new words and key phrases in Spanish. Pupils learn naturally, hearing the accents of their new Spanish friends.

Topics covered include:

Activity Book

• • • • • • • • • •

Pets Family Greetings and introductions Food and drink Weather Birthdays and special occasions Months, days, numbers and age Clothes and colours Parts of the body and physical description Sports and hobbies

Mi álbum Features fun activities for use in the classroom or at home, and easy-totackle first steps towards building pupils’ confidence in basic Spanish. The Activity Book covers the topics, vocabulary and structures that feature in the programmes. Includes useful bilingual vocabulary glossary. Full colour.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

La nueva ayudante (Units 1, 2) ¡Yo soy el jefe! (Units 1, 10) Una tienda más elegante (Units 2–4, 6) Quiero ir de excursión (Units 4, 5) La fiesta (Units 1–3, 8)

Activity Book £6.95 £4.95 each for sets of 20 or more QN158177

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Hennings Haus DVD German

Age 9–12

Full colour pupil Activity Book available

£29.00 QN446788 MFL

Curriculum Connections • Introduction to German culture • Basic listening material • Words on screen link sounds and writing

• England – supports the Key Stage 2 Modern Language Schemes of Work • Scotland – observes the Modern Languages 5–14 National Guidelines

This entertaining series has been created for children who are just starting to learn German. Based around Henning, an unconventional but friendly character, the stories follow a lively group of German children who meet up at his railway carriage home. The programmes are entirely in German, at a language level suitable for the target audience.

Topics covered include:

Activity Book

• • • • • • • • • •

Mein Album Bright, colourful, fun activities that pupils will enjoy at home or in the classroom, offering easy-to-tackle first steps towards building their confidence in basic German. The Activity Book covers the topics, vocabulary and structures that feature in the programmes. Includes useful bilingual vocabulary glossary. Full colour.

Pets Family Greetings and introductions Food and drink Weather Birthdays and special occasions Months, days, numbers and age Clothes and colours Parts of the body and physical description Sports and hobbies

Activity Book £6.95 £4.95 each for sets of 20 or more QN15855X

1. Wie heißt du? (Units 1, 4) 2. Auf die Plätze, fertig, los! (Units 3, 5) 3. Der falsche Rucksack (Units 8, 11) 4. So ein Lärm! (Unit 2) 5. Hennings Geburtstag (Units 3, 8)

5 x 15-minute programmes Free transcripts are available:

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CD-ROMs for budding young linguists Primary Languages

Age 9–12 £100.00 each

• Greetings and personal information • Hobbies and animals • Clothes and colours


Curriculum Connections • Time, numbers and dates • Food and drink, ordering and recipes • Weather and travel

Ideal for teaching the primary languages curriculum, our modern languages CD-ROMs are based on the popular Channel 4 television series for pupils learning French, Spanish or German. The CD-ROMs use video clips to present the key vocabulary and structures that are used in the series, so they can be used to prepare pupils for understanding and enjoying the complete stories on the DVD. Each CD-ROM features: • Interactive activities, each with two progressive levels of difficulty • Glossary • Teachers’ area, including printable transcripts, glossary and further activities • Curriculum relevance information for all four UK National Curricula • Class progress report, allowing you to measure and monitor class progress

French Chez Mimi CD-ROM


Pupils will be enchanted by Madame Mimi and other quirky characters from a most unusual French apartment block.

Spanish La Tienda de Luis CD-ROM


Meet Luis, a friendly, larger than-life character who opens a new shop in Oviedo with the help of his eccentric aunt Tía María.

German Hennings Haus CD-ROM


Discover the secrets of Henning’s railway carriage home, and get to know the lively group of German children who share his adventures.

MFL Special Offer: 30% off pupil Activity Books with every DVD purchase Our activity books contain fun activities for use in the classroom or at home, offering easy-to-tackle first steps towards building pupils’ confidence.

When you buy any of our MFL DVDs below, we will include 4 copies of its companion full colour pupil activity book for £19.60. To take advantage of this MFL offer, please ensure you use the product codes listed under each offer.




Chez Mimi – Meet Madame Mimi, the cantankerous concierge of an extraordinary apartment block in a typical French town, where bizarre characters introduce us to their lives and language.

La Tienda de Luis – The programme is set in the old town of Oviedo where Luis, a friendly, largerthan-life character opens a new shop with the help of his equally eccentric aunt Tía María.

Hennings Haus – Entertaining series created for children who are just starting to learn German. Based around Henning, an unconventional but friendly character, the stories follow a lively group of German children who meet up at his railway carriage home.

Product code: QN050120

Product code: QN050137

Product code: QN050144 35

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PSHE and Citizenship Collection DVD

Age 5–11

DVD includes three series – 195 minutes of programming

£50.00 QN443231 Curriculum Connections PSHE

• Rights, rules and responsibilities • Relationships and respect • Social, emotional and moral understanding

• Conflict, participation and decision-making • Listening skills and turn-taking • Develops ideas of community, responsibility, roles and relationships

• Helps pupils develop skills needed to become thoughtful citizens • Environmental awareness • Citizenship

Say What You Think The series challenges young children not only to say what they think but to also think about what they say. Through dramatised stories different issues are raised. In the studio, comedian Sean Hughes invites children to cast their votes on what they think should happen. The resolution to these issues is offered simultaneously to the viewing audience, who are also invited to take part in simple debate and encouraged to listen, make choices and arrive at their own decisions. 1. Fairness 2. Rules 3. Right and Wrong 4. Working Together 5. Taking Care 5 x 15-minute programmes

Embedded support material:

’ Guides, 2 Teachers Book, 1 Resource ook 1 Activity B

What Should I Do? Three thought-provoking dramas that challenge children to make an informed decision about their own and others’ behaviour. Each programme looks at moral dilemmas that can be sensibly resolved within the particular circumstances of the story, while still giving viewers opportunities to consider a range of options and alternative outcomes. The dramas enable children to confront risky situations in which they could realistically find themselves, within the safe context of a television programme. 1. Vandals 2. Finders Keepers 3. The Gang 3 x 15-minute programmes


Free website: Pupils can consider the dilemmas faced by characters from the series at this free website, and vote on the best course of action to resolve a given issue. They can then view voting results to compare their opinion with other pupils visiting the site.

These five dramas are based around events in the lives of children staying at an outdoor pursuits centre in the Brecon Beacons, Wales. The storylines focus on difficult situations challenging the children, offering opportunities for viewers to consider a range of solutions. The programmes deal with issues such as maintaining relationships, peer pressure, conflict, discrimination and dealing with change.

1. The Secret 2. Different Tongues 3. Working Together 4. The Kiss 5. Saying Goodbye

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Health Education Collection DVD

Age 7–11

DVD includes two series – 105 minutes of programming PSHE

£50.00 QN443207 Curriculum Connections • Dental care within health education • Reassures children about visiting the dentist

• Health-related exercise and diet

This DVD contains two series that highlight the benefits of staying healthy

Crunch Time: Dental Health The programmes follow four children through their individual dental treatment. Different procedures are shown including treatment for teeth chipped or broken in accidents. The importance of diet, personal hygiene and regular visits to the dentist in maintaining healthy teeth and gums is emphasised throughout. 1. The Dentist 2. Looking After Your Teeth 2 x 15-minute programmes

The Good Health Guide to Eating, Drinking, Working, Resting and Playing Information and positive advice to help children make informed choices about their lifestyles.

1. Decide for Yourself 2. Filling Up and Filling Out 3. A Job Well Done 4. Fun and Games 5. It’s OK to Be Me

5 x 15-minute programmes

Embedded support material:

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Being Different and That’s My Life DVD Personal & Disability issues

Age 7–14

DVD includes two series – 75 minutes of programming PSHE

£30.00 QN443428 Curriculum Connections • Offers the opportunity for children to appreciate different views and perspectives • Provides lively discussion material for PSHE and citizenship

Being Different

That’s My Life

Being Different is a series of funny and touching video diaries from young people across the country who explain why they feel different from others, and how being different affects them.

Features young disabled people talking about themselves, their lives and relationships.

1. Carl, who has been blind from a very young age 2. Stacey, who has cerebral palsy 3. Christopher, who has Asperger’s Syndrome 4. Natalie, who has Down’s Syndrome 5. Elliott, who has cerebral palsy

1. I’m Different 2. My Family’s Different 3. My Lifestyle’s Different 4. My Interests Are Different 5. Surviving Anorexia

5 x 10-minute programmes Free programme notes:

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Citizen Power DVD Citizenship

Age 10–14

Free website:


£50.00 QN443339 Curriculum Connections • Democracy • Conflict resolution

• Human rights • Diversity

• Global community • Social and ethical issues in the media

Citizen Power combines television programmes with an integrated website. The series is fronted by Jon Snow, with additional items presented by young people and ITN journalists. The magazine-format television programmes and online facility enables contributors to share their views on citizenship issues. Schools, community groups and individuals can participate from within and outside the UK so that views from the wider world will shape online debate. Government and Democracy 1. Who Rules? 2. Your Voice Counts Human and Animal Rights 3. Your Rights 4. Animals and Us

Global Citizenship 5. One World 6. War and Peace Law and Media 7. Crime and Punishment 8. Media Matters

Free website: The Citizen Power website aims to get 10–14 year olds more informed and involved in active citizenship. Features and facts provide further information about the issues raised in the Citizen Power programmes. Engaging simulations, with quizzes and polls encourage pupils to form their own opinions.

8 x 25-minute programmes

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Animated Bible Stories: The Life of Jesus DVD RE and Christianity

Age 4–6 RE

£25.00 QN446818 Curriculum Connections • Christianity

• The Christian Church

These programmes use delightful animation to tell stories of key moments in the life of Christ, making them an ideal introduction to the story of Jesus.

1. The First Christmas 2. Jesus the Storyteller 3. Jesus the Miracle-Worker 4. Jesus the Healer 5. The First Easter

5 x 10-minute programmes

• Revelation of God

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Animated World Faiths DVD Popular learning resource

RE – World Faiths

Age 7–11


£29.00 QN446796 Curriculum Connections • Christianity • Hinduism

• Buddhism • Other world faiths

• Sikhism • Revelation of God

• Judaism • The Christian Church

• Islam

Animated World Faiths tells the stories of the world’s major faiths and their founders. Gloriously animated in studios in India, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and the UK, these programmes were devised by a team of the world’s best children’s television producers. 1. Moses and the Passover Meal 2. The Life of Christ 3. The Life of the Buddha 4. The Way of the Buddha 5. The Life of Confucius 6. The Childhood of Krishna 7. The Ramayana 8. The Life of Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) 9. The Conference of the Birds 10. The Life of Guru Nanak 10 x 15-minute programmes

Dottie and Buzz DVD RE and Christianity

Age 4–6

Embedded Teachers’ Guide and Activity Book RE

£29.00 QN443223 Curriculum Connections • Religion and life issues

• Implicit and explicit Christian content

Child-size puppets Dottie and Buzz experience a rich spectrum of experiences and respond with emotions ranging from fear, loss and loneliness to love, happy reflection and wonder at the created world. Throughout the series, themes and ideas are revisited and developed. This series presents RE and Christianity in a positive and child-friendly way. Produced and developed in association with Culham College Institute.

1.  Belonging New life, families, caring and friendship 2.  Creation Creation, Human existence 3.  Baptism Belonging to a community, acceptance and a Christian baptism 4.  Wide World Facing fears, relating to the world outside, things we can feel but not see 5.  Forgiving Loss, getting things wrong and forgiveness 5 x 10-minute programmes

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Quest: Life Stories & Creation Stories DVD

Age 7–11

DVD contains two series – 150 minutes of programming


£40.00 QN050038 Curriculum Connections • Christianity • Hinduism

• Islam • Buddhism

• Religion and Life Issues • Belonging

Life Stories Personal responses to major human and religious issues are considered in this series. Two episodes, Beginnings and Endings, examine the meaning and purpose of life, death and separation from a mainly Christian point of view. The other programmes are about establishing and maintaining friendships, dealing with discrimination, and responding to suffering, inequality and injustice. 1. Beginnings 2. Me and You 3. It’s Not Fair! 4. What’s the Difference? 5. Endings

Creation Stories This series considers the age-old question of ‘How did the world begin?’ – from religious and secular perspectives. The first four programmes look at answers given in the form of stories from four of the world’s major religions, exploring how values and beliefs that are linked to each standpoint continue to influence people’s lives. The fifth programme offers a scientific account. 1. Christianity 2. Hinduism 3. Islam 4. Buddhism 5. As Science Sees It 5 x 15-minute programmes

5 x 15-minute programmes

Embedded Teachers’ Guides

Embedded Teachers’ Guides for both series The Teachers’ Guides include programme synopses, learning outcomes, key concepts and vocabulary, activities and photocopiable worksheets. Lyrics and sheet music for the songs from Life Stories are also provided.


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Water, Moon, Candle, Tree and Sword DVD RE – Different Faiths

Age 5–7

Embedded Teachers’ Guide and Activity Book


£29.00 QN443630 Curriculum Connections • Reflects the guidelines for RE in all parts of the UK

• Hinduism • Buddhism

• Islam • Sikhism

• Judaism

An adult storyteller introduces a child and his or her family. We see what it means to live as part of their particular faith community. Artefacts and symbols from each faith extend this insight. 1. Water Hinduism – the story of Hanuman 2. Moon Islam – the story of the rebuilding of the Ka’bah 3. Candle Judaism – Moses and the Jewish people flee from Egypt 4. Tree Buddhism – how Prince Siddartha became the Buddha 5. Sword Sikhism – the story of the beginning of the Khalsa 5 x 15-minute programmes

Worlds of Faith CD-ROM Religious Education Different Faiths

Age 9–14


£100.00 QN446400 Curriculum Connections • Meets RE learning outcomes for KS2 • Advances creative writing

• Helps develop ICT skills • Develops thinking and discussion skills

The Worlds of Faith CD-ROM is divided into sections for 9–11 year olds and 11–14 year olds. For younger children, the World Religions section provides information on Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. Video clips show religions as they are actually experienced and practised in different countries.

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The Questions of Faith section is more advanced, exploring religious ideas in greater detail and how individuals of different faiths approach personal, moral and ethical issues. Interactive sections require pupils to approach contemporary social problems via religious viewpoints and to debate their respective opinions. Features • up to 50 minutes of video clips • interactive activities • wordbank • printable photo album with explanatory text • printable worksheets 43

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Stage 1 Science DVD Science

Age 5–7

Two DVDs containing five series – 285 minutes of programming

£90.00 QN050168


Curriculum Connections Science

Design & Technology

• Scientific enquiry • Life processes and living things • Materials and their properties • Physical processes

• Working with tools, equipment, materials and components to make quality products • Knowledge and understanding of materials and components

Includes embedded support material in F y PD print-read format

Stage 1 Science skilfully combines documentary, animation and graphics to explain science and technology in everyday life. The programmes in this engaging and entertaining double-disc compilation cover a broad curricular range, spanning science and design & technology. Children are shown how scientific investigation in the classroom relates to practical applications in the outside world, with examples drawn from manufacturing, crafts and recycling, sport and leisure pursuits, cookery and DIY. The commentary frequently poses questions about the world around us that will check pupils’ understanding of basic scientific concepts and test their powers of prediction. Teachers can use freeze-frame to get pupils thinking and talking about the science on the screen. This compilation encourages children to investigate the fascinating world around them while at the same time offering scope for fun and creativity. Scientific concepts are presented and explained using animation, puppetry and songs, while the technology programmes examine the properties and uses of everyday materials such as paper and plastic. The embedded support materials offer a wealth of ideas for ‘design and make’ activities that can be pursued after viewing.

ilation This comp link s provide a ays rw u o F between Farm (p51) 2 and Stage 8) 4 Science (p

Life and Living Processes Basic life processes and conditions for growth in plants, animals and humans are presented and explained in this series. The third programme takes a sensitive look at death as a natural and inevitable part of the life cycle. Curriculum Connections • Animals, including humans, move, feed, grow, use their senses and reproduce • Humans and other animals can produce offspring and that these offspring grow into adults • Grouping living things according to observable similarities and differences • Living things in their environment • Plants need light and water to grow • Seeds grow into flowering plants 1. Starting Life 2. Growing 3. Life and Death 3 × 15-minute programmes

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Ourselves Curriculum Connections • Recognising and comparing the main external parts of the bodies of humans • The senses that enable humans to be aware of the world around them These programmes introduce young viewers to the external parts of the human body and draw striking analogies between the manufactured and animal worlds. 1. Moving On 2. Skin Deep 3. Seeing is Believing 4. Hear This 5. Open Wide

Materials We Need

5 x 15-minute programmes Activity Book Stimulates interest in science with seven fully illustrated activity sheets accompanying each of the Ourselves programmes.

Curriculum Connections • Recognising and naming common types of material, and recognising that some of them are found naturally • Finding out about the uses of a variety of materials • How materials are chosen for specific uses on the basis of simple properties • Exploring and describing the way some everyday materials change when they are heated or cooled Each of these four programmes explores the origin of a material, its manufacture and some amazing uses. The ’design and make’ element encourages children to make something of their own after the programme. 1. Paper 2. Fabric 3. Clay 4. Plastic 4 x 15-minute programmes Activity Book Provides an inspirational introduction to exploring and investigating materials, together with ideas for designing and making.

Opposites Materials Curriculum Connections • Finding out about the uses of a variety of materials and how these are chosen for specific uses on the basis of their simple properties • Exploring and describing the way some everyday materials change when they are heated or cooled • Changing the shapes of objects made from certain materials using processes such as squashing, bending, twisting and stretching • Care for the environment The first of these two programmes investigates why some materials decay yet others do not. It then shows how drink cans are transformed into aluminium ingots at a recycling plant. The second programme reveals how plastic powder is transformed into a child’s rocker using the processes of heating, moulding, rotating and cooling. It also looks at the materials used to create carpentry tools, kitchen utensils and other household equipment and asks the viewer to consider what qualities make these materials suited to the function and purpose of the object. 1. Rotting Away 2. Materials – Made to Last? 2 x 15-minute programmes

Curriculum Connections • Recognising and naming common types of material, and recognising that some of them are found naturally • Finding out about the uses of a variety of materials • How materials are chosen for specific uses on the basis of simple properties • Exploring and describing the way some everyday materials change when they are heated or cooled • Electricity • Forces and motion • Light and sound

Five programmes that relate directly to materials and physical processes and give understandable contexts for science explorations and investigations. The programmes can also be used as stimuli for topic work. 1. Weak and Strong 2. Before and After 3. On and Off 4. Light and Dark 5. Stop and Go 5 x 15-minute programmes Activity Book A beautifully illustrated book that helps children explore scientific opposites in a suite of activity sheets covering weak and strong, before and after, on and off, light and dark, and stop and go.

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Stage 2 Science DVD Science

Age 7–11 £90.00

Two DVDs containing eight series – over 400 minutes of programming



Curriculum Connections • Animal and plant variation and classification • Basic life and living processes common to all animals and plants • Plants’ and animals’ adaptation to a habitat, and their feeding relationships within it • Micro organisms

• The Solar System • Forces in action • Properties of materials • Physical processes

The Stage 2 Science double-disc compilation covers the full range of science taught at this level and features some of the best of Channel 4 Learning’s science programmes for pupils aged 7 to 11. Using audiovisual material to introduce ideas and phenomena within everyday contexts, this DVD is ideal for presenting challenging concepts such as the configuration of the planets in their solar orbit, states of matter and forces. It also includes engaging footage of animals, plants and their habitats. The support material embedded on the DVDs is grouped into seven folders reflecting the main areas of the science curriculum (e.g. Electricity, Habitats, Forces, Plants). Each folder contains a set of activity sheets in PDF format, as well as Background Information sheets to help teachers prepare lessons based on the programmes and the activity sheets.

Animals and Plants


Curriculum Connections • Animal and plant variation and classification • Basic life and living processes common to all animals and plants, such as nutrition, movement, respiration, growth and reproduction • Classification keys

Curriculum Connections • Living things in their environment, in a variety of UK habitats • Plants’ and animals’ adaptation to a habitat, and their feeding relationships within it

160+ y print-read s e e t activity sh und ro and backg n informatio sheets

These programmes feature beautiful wildlife photography, illuminating pupils’ understanding of the science of living processes in plants and animals.

Each programme focuses on a distinctive habitat, exploring the various interrelationships between plants, insects, birds, mammals and people, and the ecosystem sustaining them all.

1. Similarities and Differences 2. Feeding and Breathing 3. Shelter and Warmth 4. Moving 5. Life Cycles

1. Inner City 2. Hedgerow 3. Woodland 4. Farmland 5. Estuary

5 x 15-minute programmes

5 x 15-minute programmes


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Energy from Nature

Curriculum Connections • Variation and diversity of living things and their relationship to their habitats • Micro organisms and the importance of the microscope in finding out about them

Curriculum Connections • Physical processes • How humans have harnessed the awesome power bound up in the Sun, the Earth and the Moon

These programmes introduce children to the wonderful world of microscopic marvels all around them. Exploring the hidden depths of the home and garden, these programmes give us the opportunity to meet the animals we all unknowingly live with every day, face to face – a big look at little bugs! 1. Breakfast in Your Bed 2. It’s a Jungle Out There



Three exciting programmes illustrate natural forces to explore some of the key ideas in the Physical Processes section of the curriculum. 1. Electricity From the Moon Looks at how tidal energy is harnessed to generate electricity. 2. Light Fantastic Uses footage from space to explore how light from the Sun, unobscured by clouds, can move satellites around the Earth. 3. Heat Beneath Their Feet Filmed in Iceland, where the landscape of geysers and boiling lakes is being tapped to create heat and electricity for domestic use.

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Action Forces

Curriculum Connections • The five senses • Growing plants • Properties of materials • Heating and cooling materials • How animals move

Curriculum Connections • Motion and forces • Demonstrates how things speed up, slow down, and change direction • Pushing and pulling

Most television programmes are about answers. These three innovative programmes are about questions. Learning to ask questions is the first step to a better understanding and greater enjoyment of science.

These programmes introduce pupils to forces, dispelling misconceptions by explaining the theories of force and motion in simple, logical stages. The programmes feature colourful, hands-on demonstrations of how different forces have different effects.

1. Living Things 2. Material Things 3. Moving Things

1. Pushing and Pulling 2. Stretching and Squashing 3. Speeding Up and Slowing Down

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The Earth and Beyond


Curriculum Connections • Illustrates the Solar System • Understanding that the Sun, Earth and Moon are approximately spherical and that there are periodic changes in their relationship with each other

Curriculum Connections • Grouping materials • Where do materials come from? • Properties of materials • Heating and cooling materials • Choosing materials for a purpose • Behaviour of magnets

These programmes are devised to support and engage pupils in a curriculum area where dimensions are so large as to be almost incomprehensible, and where teaching depends largely on observation supported by modelling. 1. Our Solar System and Beyond Uses extensive animation to represent our Solar System, identifying the Earth and its Moon as just one of the sets of objects orbiting our Sun. The programme explains that our Sun is just one of the stars in our galaxy, which itself contains at least one star for every person on Earth. 2. Our Earth Uses sophisticated computer modelling, animation and documentary material to explore and explain the movement of the Earth on its axis and in its orbit around the Sun.

A series of four programmes looking at the properties, uses, origin and manufacture of the materials which form an essential part of our everyday lives – in the home, at school and at work. 1. Plastics 2. Metals 3. Wood 4. Glass 4 x 15-minute programmes

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Stage 2 Science: Energy




Age 7–11

Embedded Resource Book and Teachers’ Guide

£40.00 QN050243 Curriculum Connections • Sources of energy

• Electricity

• Magnetism

• Light and sound

These five programmes from the popular Stage 2 Science series introduce challenging scientific concepts in a meaningful way using real-life examples and practical applications of science in everyday settings, including the home. Complex ideas and processes are clearly conveyed using video footage and animation. Students see children of their own age engaged in investigation and experimentation, acquiring scientific skills and developing an understanding of scientific processes through hands-on work.

1. Energy Resources

2. Magnetism

Curriculum Connections • Energy resources are finite • Careful use and conservation can prevent energy waste • Alternative energy sources • Monitoring energy consumption

Curriculum Connections • Magnetic force • Magnetic poles • Magnetic and non-magnetic metals

A group of children enjoy a study trip to the Centre for Alternative Technology in Mid Wales, which produces it own energy supply from natural sources. The children investigate different ways of generating power - by wind, water and burning wood. However, the Centre’s power supply is limited: unless the children manage their use of energy efficiently during their stay, the lights will go out! They apply the lessons they learnt about energy conservation on their return home.

At the Royal Institution in London, where scientist Michael Faraday made his discoveries about electromagnetism, a clown shows students the difference between magic and magnetism. The ‘clown’, now dressed as Faraday, repeats his experiments and children are asked to predict the outcomes. But which are magic and which involve magnetism? This programme visually demonstrates the effects of this mysterious force.


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3. Electricity Curriculum Connections • Generating electricity • Renewable and non-renewable energy sources • Electrical current • Circuits • Using electricity safely Ellie the Electron, a cartoon character, shows students that electricity can be made from a variety of energy sources, whether renewable or non-renewable. Animation shows how energy is released from burning coal to turn the turbine driving a power station generator. The programme then shows that a full circuit is necessary for electricity to flow, whether it’s through overhead cables or through wires in a model circuit in the classroom. Ellie also weighs up the convenience of electricity as a means of providing power against the pollution that can be caused when generating it. The programme concludes with a reminder that mains electricity can be dangerous.

4. Sound Curriculum Connections • How sound is made • Transmission of sound through materials • How we hear sound • Pitch and volume • Sound waves In a studio, musicians play the sitar and tabla to demonstrate how sounds are made by using their instruments. Using an electronic device, we can clearly see the vibrations made by strings, drums and our own vocal cords. The difference between volume and pitch is clearly illustrated using a range of sounds, from the soft sound of falling leaves to the loud noise of a road drill. The programme also shows how our ears are sensitive to sound by amplifying it and transmitting it to the brain. This is demonstrated by a dancer wearing ankle bells. The dancing is viewed through a bubble screen which vibrates with the unique sounds she is creating.

5. Light Curriculum Connections • Light travels from a source • Light can’t go round corners • Transparent and non-transparent materials • Shadows • Reflection A group of children visiting Techniquest, an interactive science exhibition in Cardiff, speculate on how light reaches us from the stars. The programme reviews how our eyes detect light, clearing up the misconception of light being described as ‘pouring’ or ‘streaming’. A race between a light beam and former Olympic sprinter Linford Christie shows us just how fast light travels. Shadows are formed when objects obstruct straight beams of light. In the programme, this process is illustrated by a laser and an eclipse casting a shadow on the Earth’s surface. Smooth surfaces reflect light, and curved mirrors form strange images. Students see the processes involved in creating mirrors at a factory. Finally, the programme investigates how light is refracted at the surface of water. 5 × 15-minute programmes

Embedded support material • Resource Book, offering a rich source of ideas for scientific activities in the classroom that follow on from viewing the programmes • Teachers’ Guide, designed to assist teachers in lesson planning for effective use of the programmes in the classroom. It includes programme outlines, learning outcomes, practical activities and investigations

Free website: Essentials is a colourful and entertaining set of free educational websites that allow primary age children to explore the key issues in history, geography and science. 49

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Healthy Living for Younger Children DVD


Science and PSHE

Age 4–7

DVD contains three series – 175 minutes of programming

£40.00 QN050045

The Lunch Bunch – Age 4–6 Curriculum Connections • Eating for health • Different kinds of food • Planning a meal Mr Flask, Pip the apple, Sandy the sandwich and Yip the yoghurt – five quirky puppet characters – are here to tell children all about food and drink. Helped by roving reporter Sarah, the Lunch Bunch investigate different types of food and explain the importance of each food group for our growth and well-being. But it’s not all serious stuff – these programmes emphasise the fun and pleasure we can derive from our diet. The programmes also take a look at food from a variety of cultures.

The Sensations – Age 4–6 Curriculum Connections • Supports primary science teaching through a topic approach • Focuses principally on the five senses Children can join with the Sensations – Eyeful Ella, Noisy Ned, Smelly Sam, Tasty Tessa and Feely Fred – in discovering through their senses a variety of sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures. The programmes emphasise the crucial role played by each sense in developing our knowledge and understanding of the world. 1. Seeing 2. Hearing 3. Smelling 4. Tasting 5. Touching 5 x 10-minute programmes

1. Food, Fun and Facts 2. Bread and Cereals 3. Fruit and Vegetables 4. Milk and Dairy Products 5. Festivals 5 x 10-minute programmes

Look After Yourself – Age 5–7 Curriculum Connections • Why we eat and drink • Exercising • Personal hygiene routines These programmes promote health education by presenting events from the everyday lives of young children, combined with animation and picture books. The emphasis is on humour, music, animation and story.

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1. Keep Clean 2. Eat Well 3. Keep Fit 4. Keep Safe 5. Know How You Feel 5 x 15-minute programmes

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Fourways Farm DVD Science

Age 4–6

Two DVDs containing three series – 250 minutes of programming


£90.00 QN443584 Curriculum Connections • Materials • Changing materials • Energy and forces

• Living things and the processes of life • Technology • Cross-curricular links to literacy, maths, art and PE

Fourways Farm offers an ideal introduction to the exciting world of science and technology. An award-winning animated series of farm stories, each one containing a scientific concept suitable for children of this age to explore and investigate. The series is sure to make children’s first experience of science enjoyable. Every Fourways Farm story introduces fresh ideas about science – and sometimes about technology – that challenge misconceptions and invite exploration and investigation. The delightful characters featured in the series are voiced by Martin Jarvis.

Series 1

Series 2

1. Who’s Been Eating? 2. A Drop of the Hard Stuff 3. Material Differences 4. Ups and Downs 5. The Sound of Music 6. On Reflection 7. Moonstruck 8. Falling Upwards 9. Sunflowers 10. Three of a Kind

11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Topics covered include • Grouping of living things • Water and ice • Freezing and melting • Properties of different materials

Topics covered include • Floating and sinking objects • Decay and food preservation • Units of measurement • Magnets and magnetic objects

Floating and Sinking Buried Treasure Appropriate Measures Animal Magnetism Gauging the Weather Birth and Death Paws for Thought Snow Problem Hot and Cold Shadow Play

Series 3 21. 22. 23. 24. 25.

Colours Sickness and Health Changes Four Seasons Wind and Air

Topics covered include • Mixing colours to make new ones • Staying healthy • Changes in appearance • Cooking • The seasons • Air and flight 25 x 10-minute programmes

Embedded support material • T  eachers’ Guides – one for each series – including the following information for each programme: learning outcomes, programme outline, activity ideas (before and after viewing) and a Fact File offering basic reference information for teachers • Two Activity Books containing photocopiable worksheets • Two Counting and Colouring Books also containing photocopiable worksheets • Activity Book providing more detailed scientific and pedagogical information, as well as worksheets

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The Blue Dragon DVD Science

Age 5–7

Free programme notes online


£29.00 QN445536 Curriculum Connections • Meets science learning outcomes of Key Stage 1 and Scottish Levels A, B • Scientific skills through questions and challenges • Challenging children to become involved and make decisions

An engaging gang of animal friends set out on a quest to return Cinders, a baby dragon, to her mother. Their journey takes them through forests, up mountains and across rivers; they encounter extraordinary situations and new animals along the way. Through their experiences, and the developing understanding of the blue dragon, the animals learn more about the world in which they live. Their adventures – challenging, entertaining and sometimes slightly scary – give them experiences of the living things, materials and phenomena of science in the real world.

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1. Staying Alive Food and water 2. The Grouping Game Classification 3. Building Bodies Food and exercise 4. Roots and Fruits Needs for plant growth 5. What a Waste Environmental care 6. Babies Grow Birth and growth 7. Lots of Stuff! Variety of materials 8. Changing Things Changing by heating 9. Slipping and Sliding Forces – pushes and pulls 10. Magic Metal? Magnetism 11. Switched On! Electricity 12. Shadow Play Dark and light 13. Sounds Right Sound and sense of hearing 13 x 13-minute programmes

The Blue Dragon Resource Book This 48-page Resource Book includes background information for teachers about the science covered in the television series, suggestions for pupil activities before, during and after viewing, programme outlines and photocopiable, differentiated activity sheets. Resource Book £9.99 QN445153

Each of The Blue Dragon programmes delivers a clearly defined science teaching aim. It complements everyday practical experiences and classroom teaching. The programmes challenge children to think about different explanations for phenomena and make their own decisions. Every programme ends with a challenge or a question that invites further thinking or exploration. The characters in this engaging series are voiced by two of Britain’s favourite comedy actors, Andrew Sachs and Jane Horrocks. The education consultant for The Blue Dragon resources is Rosemary Feasey, former Chair of ASE, and author of Star Science.


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Life Processes and Habitats DVD

Age 5–7



DVD includes three series – 195 minutes of programming

£40.00 QN050052

Growing Plants Curriculum Connections • Recognising and naming the parts of plants • The need for light and water so that plants may grow • Illustrates how flowering plants sprout from seeds Through a friendly narrative and a cast that includes infant children, this unit brings alive the amazing world of plants through time-lapse and high magnification photography. From the humblest of urban weeds to the beauty of the British countryside, children are given an exciting view of plants as they grow, change and reproduce. 1. What makes a Plant a Plant? Looks at the diversity of plant life and the parts of a plant. 2. How Do Plants Grow and Change? Investigates the conditions needed for plant growth. 3. Where Do New Plants Come From? Plant reproduction, including seed dispersal.

Embedded support material

Natural Inventions

3 x 15-minute programmes

Guides, Teachers’ ooks B 4 Activity

Curriculum Connections • Explores technologies based on science • Shows how technological developments have contributed to the quality of life of many people Animals and plants have been the inspiration for many great inventions. Using an animated story from history and specialist filming, including high magnification, time-lapse and slow motion, the programmes track the technological development of some useful everyday inventions from their natural starting point to the resulting invention.

The Four Seasons Curriculum Connections • Illustrates the seasons in a range of habitats • Explores life processes of animals and plants found in the local environment • Support material offers cross-curricular links to RE, PSHE and literacy These programmes provide a televisual nature table illustrating what teachers and children can expect to find in any given season in a range of habitats throughout the UK. 1. Spring – The season of rebirth. 2. Summer – The season of warmth and colour. 3. Autumn –The season of wild fruits and fungi. 4. Winter –The season of ice and snow. 5. All Year Round – Contrasting environments.

1. Sticky Things The invention and uses of Velcro®, inspired by plant burrs; natural and artificial adhesives, including Post-it® Notes. 2. Building Block Strong shapes and materials in animal homes. Beaver dams and reservoirs. 3. What’s Around Me? Sensing in a variety of animals. How technology enhances our ability to sense the world around us. 4. Getting About Jet propulsion in the plant kingdom. Jet aircraft and children’s jetpowered models. Flying seeds and parachutes. 5. Seen or Hidden Colour to display or camouflage animals and plants. Designing clothing to be seen with safety in mind. 5 x 15-minute programmes

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Seeing Science CD-ROMs Science

Age 7–11

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£100.00 each Curriculum Connections


• Complete video clip coverage of the QCDA Schemes of Work • Meeting science learning outcomes for Key Stage 2 and Scottish levels B, C, D Highlights • up to 30-minutes of video clips per CD-ROM, selected from the best of Channel 4’s science programmes • ‘Check it out’ puzzle section • wordbank • printable photo albums • printable worksheets

Seeing 9 CD-ROM ries range Science Se 30 for £6 QN446478

Key Features • The video clips are complemented by short reference articles • Special terms used within the articles are hyperlinked to a wordbank • Pupils can enjoy reinforcing their learning using the ‘Check it out’ puzzle section of the disk. The images stored in the photo album can be printed out, complete with a helpful writing frame • Information screens have an audio facility to read out text

Animals CD-ROM


Growing; Moving; Nutrition; Reproduction; Classifying; Vertebrates

Earth and Beyond CD-ROM


Our Earth; Inside the Earth; The Moon; Gravity; The Sun; Space

Electricity CD-ROM


Power for You; Magnetism; Generating Electrical Power; History; Circuits

Forces CD-ROM


What Are Forces?; Forces Around Us; Making Things Move; Gravity; Magnetism

Habitats CD-ROM


About Habitats; Hedgerow; Woodland; Estuary; Farmland; Habitats in Danger; Food Webs

Materials CD-ROM


Properties; Classifying; Comparing; Changing; Mixing and Separating; Using Materials

Human Body CD-ROM


Light and Sound CD-ROM


Light; Reflections; Seeing; Light Sources; Sound; Hearing

Plants CD-ROM


What are Plants?; Growth and Nutrition; Plants Provide; Life Cycles

Skeleton; Parts of the Body; Growth and Nutrition; Keeping Healthy 54

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Seeing Science CD-ROMs Science


£100.00 each Curriculum Connections • Meets science learning outcomes for KS1 and Scottish levels A, B • Challenges children to become involved in the world around them

The three Seeing Science Key Stage 1 CD-ROMs contain footage from The Blue Dragon television series, as well as clips from the best of Channel 4’s other science programmes for 5–7 year olds. The CD-ROMs also feature video sequences showing children conducting scientific enquiry in a ‘real-world’ setting.

Materials CD-ROM • • • •

The Physical World CD-ROM • • • •


Slipping and sliding – Movement Switching on – Electricity Shadow play – Light Sounds right – Sound


 hat a waste! – Keeping the environment clean; recycling rubbish W Lots of stuff – Properties of materials; choosing correct material for a job Magic metal – Properties of materials, especially metals; magnets Changing things – How materials change; melting and freezing

Habitats & Living Things CD-ROM • • • • •

• Looks at environmental issues • Introduces scientific enquiry


Staying alive – Alive and not alive; growing up; differences between animals The grouping game – Classifying animals; parents and young Building bodies – Keeping fit and healthy; footprints Roots and shoots – Plants and growing Babies grow – Babies and parents; skeleton

Blue Dragon Interactive Storybook Age 5–7 Pages in this unique storybook link to activities which have either a science or literacy learning outcome.



The Writing House CD-ROM Age 5–7

The Number Crew CD-ROMs Age 5–7

This vibrant CD-ROM extends the writing themes of The Writing House television programmes, created to support the National Literacy Strategy and literacy development throughout the UK.

£100.00 £70.00


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These CD-ROMs use clips from the ever-popular and award winning Number Crew series to present mathematical concepts, complemented by enjoyable interactive activities to reinforce pupils’ understanding.

£100.00 £70.00 QN159629

Write Away! CD-ROM Age 7–9 This colourful CD-ROM encourages the development of essential, practical writing skills, by setting writing challenges that will stimulate children’s creativity.

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£100.00 £70.00 each Know Your Numbers 1 QN15581X Know Your Numbers 2 QN155836 Solving Problems QN448365 Calculations QN448357 Measures, Shape and Space QN448373

£100.00 £70.00 QN159602

Puzzle Maths 1 and 2 CD-ROMs

Just Write CD-ROM Age 9–11 The Just Write CD-ROM focuses on non-fiction writing and establishes realistic contexts in which the writing activities are set. £100.00 £80.00 QN159610

Age 7–9 Jess and Jake, the two lively presenter puppets from the Puzzle Maths TV series, help pupils get to grips with ten challenging and fun maths games. £100.00 £70.00 each Puzzle Maths CD 1 Age 7–8 QN158819 Puzzle Maths CD 2 Age 8–9 QN158827 55

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