Thursday 6 February 2014, 17:02
Because we love to be helpful at CBeebies we’ve done the hard work for you! We’ve created a parent’s guide covering everything you need to know about numeracy, and we’re dedicating a whole month to sharing top tips to develop your child’s maths skills.
Tuesday 15 April 2014, 16:22
Minibeast Adventure with Jess comes to CBeebies from Easter Monday (21st April) at 10:30am, ready to introduce your little ones to the incredible wildlife they can find very close to home. We had a chat with presenter Jess to find out more about this brand new show...
Hi Jess, can you tell us a little about Minibeast Adventure with Jess - what's the idea behind the series?
With so much technology around these days, children are generally spending less time outside and taking less notice of the amazing creatures we have right on our doorsteps. We've made this series to introduce children to twenty of the most common and interesting ones - and to encourage them to get outdoors and look for minibeasts themselves.
Each programme focuses on one particular minibeast - and all of the animals we feature can be found near where you live. Up in my treehouse, we have a close look at the creature, discover some of its special features, then we talk about how and where we might find it. Then, the children and I head off on a Minibeast Adventure to see if we can spot the creature in the wild. I absolutely love how excited the children get - they spot so many fascinating things, ask such...
Thursday 10 April 2014, 13:55
We caught up with Northern Ballet dancer Sebastian Loe, who
plays the Big Bad Wolf in our Easter dance performance, CBeebies Three Little
Pigs, to find out what life is really like for a professional dancer…
How did you get where you are today - how long have you been dancing?
I used to wait with my Mum for my sister to finish her ballet classes, and one day I just decided to have a go myself instead of waiting around - and I've now been dancing for twenty years!
I've always been moving to music, for as long as I can remember. I had Michael Jackson's 'Dangerous' album on cassette when I was little, and I remember dancing to it in the living room in front of the mirror - but I still find myself doing that, to be honest!
Why do you think performances like Three Little Pigs that introduce dance to small children are useful?
It's definitely important for children to be introduced to dance through well-known stories like Three Little Pigs - I believe that exposing children to a broad range of art forms feeds their imaginations and really helps their educational development.
What are the challenges of making a show for very young children - do you approach things differently...
Friday 4 April 2014, 11:30
Whether you're full of the joys of spring or slightly overwhelmed by the logistics of exploring the outdoors with a toddler in tow, our guide to nature activities is packed with ideas, inspiration and practical tips from around the web for easy things to do with your little ones in spring!
1. Go on a wild walk and hunt for signs of spring...
Venture outdoors with your child to see what hints of spring you can spot in your local area (we all need a bit of reassurance that it's definitely on its way!).
Look for signs of new life: birds in the trees, new flowers at the park and so on. Encourage your child to use all their senses, and talk about what you're seeing, hearing or smelling together.
Bring a bag to collect 'very important' twigs, leaves, feathers and so on, or even a camera to take close-ups of what you see.
If you're feeling especially imaginative, you could even pretend to be Peter Rabbit, Lily and Benjamin exploring the woods - but watch out for Mr MacGregor!
Tools and tips:
Monday 10 March 2014, 15:12
Tuesday 4 March 2014, 15:37Children's author and illustrator Eric Carle
Thursday 6th March is World Book Day 2014, and to celebrate we were lucky enough to get the chance to put your questions to children's author and illustrator Eric Carle - creator of the much-loved classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which is celebrating its 45th birthday this year, and many more.
Here are Eric's answers to the questions suggested by our social media community...
'Have you ever thought about writing a sequel to The Very Hungry
I’ve been asked this question before and I have thought about it but so far I’ve done more...
Thursday 27 February 2014, 10:40
It’s Maths Month on CBeebies Grown-ups and to celebrate, Countdown’s numbers whizz, Rachel Riley, popped in to tell us all about why she loves maths and how her maths skills have paid off in ways you wouldn’t necessarily expect…
Hi Rachel! So have you always enjoyed maths?
Yes I think so! When I was very small I had an electronic times tables game where you had to answer sums as quickly as you could in a time limit and I was addicted and always trying to get a new high score
What is it about maths that really attracted you?
I liked that maths was very black and white in terms...
Monday 17 February 2014, 17:07
On Monday February 17th, Andy Day will be setting off on a brand new series of adventures, travelling back in time to millions of years ago to when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Mark Jones, the producer of the series, dropped by to tell us exactly how you go about transporting a CBeebies presenter through time on a prehistoric adventure...Andy Day is transported back in time to face a T-Rex in Andy's Dinosaur Adventures
Hi Mark! Can you tell us a bit about Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures?
Andy is back for a brand new series of jaw-dropping adventures – only this time he’s going back in...
Friday 14 February 2014, 10:40
Brand new animated series Dinopaws comes to CBeebies this February with the delightful adventures of a trio of very young, inquisitive dinos. We chatted to the show’s writer Alan Gilbey to find out more about CBeebies’ newest heroes…
Tell us a bit about yourself and your role in Dinopaws:
I’m the developer and lead writer of Dinopaws. I’ve been working in animation for nearly two decades now, and you might know me from some other shows I helped develop like ‘Frankenstein’s Cat’ on CBBC and ‘What’s The Big Idea’, CBeebies’ philosophy series. I live in London with...
Wednesday 12 February 2014, 10:08
As part of CBeebies Grown-ups Maths Month, we chatted to CBeebies dad Michael - better known as Mr Steer, the inspirational maths teacher from Channel Four’s Educating Yorkshire – to find out why he loves maths, and why it’s so important for little ones to have a positive experience of Numeracy right from the very beginning…
Hello Michael, can you tell us a little bit about the role that maths has played in your life and career?
As a child, I never had any desire at all to be a maths teacher. If anything, I had an aversion to the idea and tried my hand at several different jobs...
Thursday 6 February 2014, 17:02
Did you know that babies start to learn maths long before they can walk or talk? According to a recent study, children have an abstract sense of numbers by the age of seven months!
Once they’re a little older, children with good numeracy skills are more likely to go on to earn more and stay in education longer, and they’re less likely to be unemployed as adults. Despite this, 17 million people in the UK have numeracy skills that are below those needed for the lowest grade at GCSE.
The key to success in maths lies in children having positive early experiences of numeracy. That’s why this...