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  1. New Computing Curriculum Resources from BBC Bitesize

    Monday 1 September 2014, 09:12

    Sinead Rocks Sinead Rocks Acting Head, BBC Learning

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    For many students and teachers across the UK, the long, lazy days of summer are already a distant memory. Teachers are busy planning their lessons for the term ahead, and students are starting to get to grips with the new subjects they have to learn.

    I lead the department that is responsible for the BBC’s commitment to support students and teachers, whether they’re in school or at home. The start of the new academic year is therefore important to us too, and this one has been even busier than usual…

    New Computing Curriculum

    That’s because in England, this month sees the launch of a new curriculum. There have been a number of curriculum changes, but amongst the most high profile has been the introduction of new computing learning objectives. This has meant teachers and students across primary and secondary schools now need to get to grips with topics such as computational thinking, coding and algorithms.

    Bitesize key stage 2

    In BBC Learning, we have always provided content that is relevant to the UK curricula through sites such as BBC Bitesize. We spend a lot of time talking to teachers and other education professionals and we know that the new computing curriculum will be a challenge for...

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  2. Round Up Week 34

    Friday 29 August 2014, 16:32

    Jen Macro Jen Macro Digital Content Producer, About the BBC

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    For my parent’s generation it was JFK, everybody knew where they were when they heard the news that the American president had been shot. Learning of a well-loved figure’s demise is shocking, and sometimes causes one to be able to recall the moment of hearing the news with a vivid clarity. I can remember three such examples of this in my life, Kurt Cobain – I was painting my teenage bedroom whilst listening to Jakki Brambles on Radio 1. Princess Diana - I had accidentally left my TV on all night and awoke at around 6am to the news that she had been in a traffic accident and sat glued to the television as the story unfolded throughout the day. The third example was John Peel.

    John Peel at Glastonbury John Peel at Glastonbury in 2002

    I was at work at The Press Association on 25 October 2004 when reports came through that the iconic DJ had suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 65. Peel was a hugely important and influential figure in the world of music broadcasting, and in my world too. The terrible news spread rapidly amongst his listeners, musicians and the general public alike. It felt like everyone knew within minutes as people communicated the news to each other in a world that had not yet...

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  3. What's on BBC Red Button, 30 August - 5 September

    Friday 29 August 2014, 13:13

    Marc Jones Marc Jones Media Scheduler, Red Button

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    It’s a veritable entertainment bonanza on the red button this week with an exclusive extra scene from EastEnders, Strictly Come Dancing Red Carpet, the Doctor Who Extra series, The One Show Music Festival and Sounds of the 80s, making its grand return to Red Button.

    If sport is more your cup of tea, we have plenty going on this weekend with action from the World Equestrian Games and Live Triathlon, as well as old favourites the Football League Show and Final Score, followed by a transfer day deadline special on Monday  and action from the UCI World Cup.

    For details of all the sports coverage on Red Button, visit the BBC Sport website. Remember that live sports times are subject to change.

    There’s fun for the children too as Swashbuckle takes you on a tour of the Scarlett Squid this week, along with plenty more pirate adventures to be had.

    Doctor Who Extra

    Into the Dalek Peter Capaldi arrives on set early to watch the Daleks in action!

    From 9:30pm on Saturday, we delve into the world of the Time Lord as Peter Capaldi arrives on set early to watch the Daleks in action and talks about his first encounter with them. We also ask Jenna Coleman and Samuel Anderson about their on-screen romance...

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  4. Inside Out - the gem at the heart of BBC regional programming

    Wednesday 27 August 2014, 14:34

    David Holdsworth David Holdsworth Controller of English Regions

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    Inside Out logo

    Something rather rare and precious is back next Monday, as Inside Out returns for its 26th series. Rare because it is the only regular regional current affairs programme to be found on television in England, precious because Inside Out is at heart of the BBC’s commitment to local journalism. Starting on 1 September and returning again in the New Year, by the end of the winter almost 200 editions of the half hour programme will have been broadcast across 11 different regions of England.  That adds up to close to 100 hours of quality current affairs at peak time on BBC One. The formula...

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  5. Our School

    Tuesday 26 August 2014, 13:26

    Jonathan Thoburn Jonathan Thoburn Teacher

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    CBBC Our School's Jonathan Thoburn

    On 3 September a new documentary starts on CBBC. Our School follows a group of students as they leave Year 6 and begin secondary school. Here Our School Science teacher Jonathan Thoburn (pictured above) describes what it was like to take part in the series.

    It seemed like a very strange thing to volunteer for at first– to have everything that goes on where you go to school (or work) recorded and broadcast on CBBC. To have cameras installed for months at a time, recording all the big days and little days of people's lives. It seems strange, until you put yourself back there. Day one of ...

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  6. Rolling up the astro-turf on Edinburgh 2014

    Tuesday 26 August 2014, 11:48

    Jonty Claypole Jonty Claypole Director, BBC Arts

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    BBC in Edinburgh

    And so, goodbye Edinburgh Festivals. We said we'd do you bigger and better than ever before - and we did. Thanks to our teams across the city and down at the BBC site at Potterrow. Some just passing through for a night or two with one production, some in it for the full 24 days, but everyone working long hours, through all weather (including, and I'm not joking, an actual 'hurricane'), to bring Edinburgh to audiences at home and to make Potterrow (pictured) a fabulous production base and focal point for festival visitors with events and outreach programmes. Sure, stacked portacabins don't...

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  7. Sherlock wins at the Emmys

    Tuesday 26 August 2014, 09:28

    Hannah Khalil Hannah Khalil Digital Content Producer, About The BBC Blog

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    Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman (credit BBC/Hartswood Films)
    Last night (Monday 25 August 2014) saw the 66th annual Primetime Emmy television awards, America's equivalent to the BAFTAs, at a ceremony in Los Angeles. Both stars of BBC One drama Sherlock took home prizes, Benedict Cumberbatch in the Lead Actor in a Miniseries category and Martin Freeman for Supporting Actor in a Miniseries (both for Sherlock: The Last Vow).

    In addition, Steven Moffat (pictured below) won the Best Writer of a Miniseries award, also for Sherlock: The Last Vow. 

    Steven Moffat
    What's more, at the Creative Emmys earlier in the month Sherlock was awarded in the Single Camera, Picture Editing, Sound editing, Music composition and Cinematography in a Miniseries categories. 

    Look's like they'll be as excited about news of Sherlock's return across the pond as we are here.

    Hannah Khalil is Digital Producer, About the BBC Website and Blog.

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  8. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: Last Night of the Proms goes Poppins

    Friday 22 August 2014, 14:15

    Victoria Peet Victoria Peet

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    Mary Poppins

    This year sees 50 years since the iconic movie-musical Mary Poppins was released. 50 years of Feed the Birds, Chim Chim Cher-ee, A Spoonful of Sugar, Step in Time (to name just a few) and of course the brilliant tongue-twister Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. The BBC Proms are celebrating this in true Last Night of the Proms style with a brand new sing-along medley, arranged by Anne Dudley, in the Royal Albert Hall and at Proms in the Park in London, Swansea, Belfast and Glasgow.

    Everyone in the Hall and at the Parks can join together to sing the medley and create a really special moment...

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  9. What’s on BBC Red Button, 23-29 August

    Friday 22 August 2014, 12:04

    Marc Jones Marc Jones Media Scheduler, Red Button

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    Red Button brings you the best of the Reading and Leeds Festivals, takes you behind the scenes of Doctor Who, tells the story of the Notting Hill Carnival and showcases a world of sport.


    Reading and Leeds Festivals

    reading-and-leeds-festival_0814_s_pp.jpg Reading and Leeds festival  


    Coverage of the 2014 Reading and Leeds Festivals, including Twin Atlantic, Temples, Enter Shikari, Warpaint, SBTRKT, Metronomy, Courteeners, Deaf Havana, and Jimmy Eat World.

    Sat 23 August, 7pm-1am
    Sun 24 August, 7pm-1am
    Tue 26 August, 6am-9am, 10am-2pm, 12am-6am
    Wed 27 August, 6am-9am, 5pm-6am
    Thu 28 August, 6am-9am, 10am-4pm, 9pm-6am
    Fri 29 August, 6am...

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  10. MOTD at 50 - a reflection by Barry Davies

    Friday 22 August 2014, 09:52

    Barry Davies Barry Davies BBC Sports commentator

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    Barry Davies Barry Davies

    Match Of The Day was five seasons old when I joined the team. When I left it had just reached 40. Come August the 22nd it will celebrate its 50th birthday. That a highlights programme has survived in an age when immediate gratification is expected, when live football can be watched somewhere on television just about every day of the season and newspapers carry full page advertisements disputing whether Sky or the new-born BT offer the best selection of Premier League immediacy is, to use a favourite expression of David Coleman’s, “quite remarkable.”

    Match of the Day 50th - All the presenters

    It has not...

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