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20 February 2015
BBC NI Schools: Hurley-Burley

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Hurley-Burley 4 / BBC Radio Ulster MW 1341MHz / Tuesday: 11.40 - 11.51 am

Ten radio programmes for P1, Reception, Nursery, Playgroups, Crèches, Day Care and children listening at home. Through a mixture of local stories, songs, poems and rhymes, and using familiar speech and language, early skills and concepts for future use in literacy and numeracy are introduced.

ARCHIVE - Although this series of Hurley Burley has finished, it is still available to borrow or purchase from the Audio Visual Recording service at SELB. For further information on how to order these programmes, visit our ordering page.

Remember to visit the Hurley Burley TV site where you can watch stories and songs from the popular TV series.

Programme Title & Content Broadcast Date View Teacher's Resources (PDF) View Music (MUS)

1. Babies

The Hurley-Burley Man introduces himself and his van, and encourages the listeners to respond and to join in.

16th September

Prog 1 Teacher's Notes (400K)

Babies Make You Laugh

2. Bernard's Buttons

A programme about some things most children will have experience of - or have difficulty with - fastenings of all sorts, buttons, zips, Velcro and buckles.

23rd September

Prog 2 Teacher's Notes (150K)

Marching in Our Wellingtons

I Can't Do My Bally Bottom Button Up

3. Just One

A programme to encourage simple counting and number skills.

30th September

Prog 3 Teacher's Notes (150K)

Five Little Monkeys

4. Food

A programme combining two topics - food and litter.

7th October

Prog 4 Teacher's Notes (150K)

The Skin Goes in the Bin

5. Losing Things

All about losing things - and strategies for finding them again!

14th October

Prog 5 Teacher's Notes (150K)

Lost It Where You Left It

6. Transport

About vehicles of all sorts, and different means of transport.

21st October

Prog 6 Teacher's Notes (150K)

In the Hurley-Burley Van

7. Water

Lots of water, from rain and rainbows, to puddles and baths.

4th November

Prog 7 Teacher's Notes (150K)

Splishety, Splashety, Splosh

8. Molly's Letters

Letters, and what happens to them after they are posted in the letterbox.

11th November

Prog 8 Teacher's Notes (150K)

Birthday Song

9. Bones at the Pet Show

A mischievous dog's appearance at a pet show, and an opportunity to discuss pets.

18th November

Prog 9 Teacher's Notes (150K)

There's A Doggy At the Door

10. The Rickety Rackety Train

A programme all about rhythm and 'keeping in time' based on the story of an old train.

25th November

Prog 10 Teacher's Notes (150K)

The Rickety Rackety Train


View all notes (1.2MB)



Story based, with associated rhymes, poems, songs and music. Each programme invites the children to respond to direct questions, to join in the actions or the words of the songs, to predict outcomes, and to share in the enjoyment of a good story enhanced with sound effects.

Context of Stories Progress in Learning
  • Imaginative World
  • Everyday World
  • Traditional/Local (CH & EMU)
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Language Development
  • Early Maths
  • Early Science/Technology
  • Awareness of the Environment
  • Creative Development (including music)
  • Physical Development


NB Activities and topics linked to the above can be found at the end of each programme.

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