School Radio offers a number of teaching resources to support the primary English curriculum at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Programmes target the key learning objectives of the curriculum and the National Literacy Strategy framework, with activities related to the Word, Sentence and Text level work.

All of the School Radio resources for English also have this purpose in common: to exploit the magic of audio and stimulate the imagination of the listener.

  • Stimulus Sounds Collection

    Age 7 – 11

    A collection of 200+ sound effects, group by theme, to foster listening skills and stimulate a range of written and other work. It's a flexible resource for you to use as you wish.

  • Jack and the Beanstalk

    Age 5 – 7

    The traditional story of Jack is told in 14 short video animations. The story also features in our Music pages, where it is accompanied by seven songs to learn, and music activities leading to a performance.

  • Little Red Riding Hood

    Age 5 – 7

    The traditional story of a young girl's visit to her Grandmother's cottage in the woods and a very hungry wolf is presented in 7 short video animations. Links to the study of traditional stories at Key Stage 1.

  • Viking Sagas

    Age 7 – 9

    Loki, Viking god of fire and expert mischief-maker, is your guide to this collection of Viking stories. Find out how Odin creates the world...how Freya kisses some goblins...and how Thor takes on the giants!

  • Macbeth

    Age 9 – 11

    An adaptation of Shakespeare's famous play of ambition, witchcraft and murder in eight video episodes. Each episode is approximately four minutes long and is accompanied by a transcript. Available anytime.

  • The Machine Gunners

    Age 9 – 11

    Robert Westall's classic WW2 adventure is read in 10 episodes by Antony Byrne. Following an air raid on his home town of Garmouth young Chas McGill is on the hunt for war souvenirs when he discovers a crashed German bomber.

  • War Horse

    Age 9 – 11

    Michael Morpurgo's famous World War 1 novel 'War Horse' is abridged in 10 episodes and read by Jot Davies. The year is 1912 and a young horse called Joey is sold to a Devon farmer. But war is coming and his life will change completely.

  • Shakespeare Retold

    Age 9 – 11

    Ten of William Shakespeare's most famous plays - including histories, comedies and tragedies - inspire a collection of stories by leading children's writers, read by leading actors.

  • Talking Poetry

    Age 7 – 11

    Six leading children's poets discuss and read their work, including the things that inspire them. There are two additional collections of classic poems - all favourites for study at Key Stage 2 - read by Maxine Peake and Julian Rhind-Tutt.

  • The Tempest

    Age 9 – 11

    Watch Shakespeare's play condensed in 8 video clips. Prospero and his daughter Miranda live alone on the island where they were marooned 12 years ago. But he intends to get even with those responsible.

  • Treasure Island

    Age 9 – 11

    R L Stevenson's classic tale is brought to life in 10 video clips. Join young Jim Hawkins on his high-seas aventure, searching for buried treasure and taking on a crew of cut-throat pirates!

  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    Age 9 – 11+

    The famous traditional story is told in six short video clips. It is Christmas at Camelot and King Arthur's court is celebrating. But the festivities are about to be dramatically interrupted by a giant knight, dressed in green.

  • The Tales of Beatrix Potter

    Age 5 – 7

    A selection of Beatrix Potter’s well-known tales are brought to life for a young audience by an all-star cast, including Jim Broadbent, Sally Hawkins, Miranda Richardson and Alison Steadman.

  • Private Peaceful

    Age 9 – 11+

    Michael Morpurgo's moving WW1 story about the journey of two brothers - Tommo and Charlie Peaceful - from life in a quiet village in Devon to the trenches of the Western Front. Abridged in 13 episodes and read by Paul Chequer.

  • Carrie's War

    Age 9 – 11+

    Nina Bawden's famous story of a girl called Carrie and her younger brother being evacuated to Wales and a very different way of life. Abridged in 10 episodes and read by Siriol Jenkins.

  • Friend or Foe

    Age 9 – 11+

    Michael Morpurgo's classic WW2 adventure of two boys evacuated from London to Devon who make an unusual discovery up on the moors. Abridged in 8 episodes and read by David Thorpe.

  • Oliver Twist

    Age 9 – 11+

    Charles Dickens' classic story retold in a new, full-cast, adaptation across 10 episodes, which is faithful to the original plot. Follow Oliver on his journey from the workhouse to the streets of Victorian London and Fagin's gang.

  • Tales from Ancient Greece

    Age 9 – 11

    Hermes - winged messenger of the gods - is our guide in this collection of Ancient Greek myths, including the story of Persephone, the Minotuar, Orpheus and Eurydice, the Cyclops and King Midas.

  • Aesop's Fables

    Age 5 – 9

    40 of Aesop's best known fables are brought to life by an all-star cast of readers including Brenda Blethyn, Richard Briers, Lindsay Duncan, Richard E Grant, Jane Horrocks, Jonathan Pryce and Alison Steadman.

  • Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

    Age 5 - 9

    A collection of classic fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen - read by Sir Derek Jacobi, Anne Marie Duff, David Tennant and Penelope Wilton. Brings together the spoken word with music and effects for a rich audio experience.

  • The Wind in the Willows

    Age 7 – 9

    A ten-part adaptation of Kenneth Graeme's classic story of Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad, read by Bernard Cribbins. Transcripts of each episode to print or download are available from the programme pages.

  • A Christmas Carol

    Age 9 – 11

    Dickens' classic story is brought to life in this abridgement using the original language and including the text on screen. An ideal way to support study of an extended text by a classic author at Key Stage 2 Years 5 and 6.

  • Meet the Authors

    Age 7 – 11

    Leading writers talk to children about their inspiration and their tips for successful writing. Compare and contrast the responses of the writers to discover a wide variety of approaches to the art of writing.

Programmes to download

Programmes to download at any time

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A collection of programmes to download as mp3 files at any time. Includes dance and music.



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The life of Mary Seacole

The life of Mary Seacole

Mary Seacole

Mary Seacole tells us about her extraordinary life in these three short video episodes.

Private Peaceful - podcasts available

Click to listen to Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

Private Peaceful

Podcasts of the 13 episodes began on 01/05/2018 and the final four episodes are currently available.

'Carrie's War' by Nina Bawden

Carrie's War by Nina Bawden

Carrie's War

Catch up on 'Carrie's War' by Nina Bawden. All 10 episodes are now available to listen to online.

Perform our School Musicals

Perform our School Musicals

School Musicals

Our performance scripts for 9 to 11s, complete with music, songs and special effects. Watch video.

Our brand new Macbeth pages!

Macbeth videos for mobile and tablet

Macbeth - the musical

Check out our new pages for our Macbeth musical with 8 songs to learn! See the Teacher Notes.

'War Horse' by Michael Morpurgo

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

War Horse

All 10 episodes of Michael Morpurgo's famous story are now available to listen to online.

100 years since World War 1

WW1 Performance Pack

WW1 Performance Pack

Commemorate 100 years since WW1 by staging our specially-written play 'Archie Dobson's War'.

Teacher's notes

Teacher's Notes

Online Teacher's Notes

Notes to support the programmes including details of all the series content.