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.
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 “thinking” than “doing.”
'How did you decide what food to give the caterpillar on Saturday?'
The Very Hungry Caterpillar who eats cherry pie and lollipops, is not one you would find in field guides, and is partially a product of my imagination. This is true for many of my characters. While I strive for a certain level of scientific accuracy in my books, I also allow for my own creative interpretation to emerge so as to create pictures that are pleasing and well-designed and entertaining.
How do you begin the writing process – do you visualise the pictures as you write or at a later...
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 of right and wrong answers and that once you'd learnt a rule you could take it and apply it to all sorts of different problems for yourself. I liked the logic in it, and that if you understood what you were doing you never had to remember anything you could always work things out just using your brain.
How has being brilliant at maths changed your life?
Being good at maths is something every employer looks for so I've never been out of a job since I was 15! It was helpful in lots of different subjects at school from obvious ones like the sciences, to languages where pattern-spotting...
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...
Monday 3 February 2014, 14:34
Mr Bloom meets some Tiddlers in new series 'Here and There' Hi Ben! So what’s ‘Mr Bloom Here and There’ all about?
‘Here and There’ provides an exciting new spin on things for Mr Bloom. The premise involves Mr Bloom visiting Tiddlers all over the country, so they can tell him and the viewer at home a little about where they live and what’s great about it. It’s similar in some ways to the ‘off on an expedition’ sections in 'Mr Bloom's Nursery: Get Set Grow', but bigger, better and with all-new catchy Bloom tunes!
Do the Veggies come along too?
I’m afraid this a solo trip...
Friday 31 January 2014, 13:43
Monday 3rd February at 4.00 sees the return of CBeebies' very own numerical marsupials, The Numtums! There have been some big changes afoot since we last saw them so we caught up with the show's producer, Barry Quinn, to tell us all...
So the Numtums are back with a new series – what can we expect from this one?
Well you can expect a lot of singing, dancing, and talking - yes, the Numtums now talk! Some of them talk a lot, and they have names, not just numbers. They’ve also got a brand new home, Gumnut Gorge and a giant termite shaped café where they hang out and eat...
Friday 24 January 2014, 12:34