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About the Unit
This is a unit of three programmes which goes behind the scenes to see how television and radio programmes are made. The programmes focus on three different areas - drama, news gathering and sports coverage. The unit has a number of cross-curricular points but is specifically intended to help teach Northern Ireland's curriculum for English.
About the Programme
Programme 1 - News
Broadcast: 12th January 2004 BBC 2 12.10-12.30pm
Television cameraProgramme One is a skills based programme, which focuses on newsgathering across a single day. The work of BBC Northern Ireland's news teams - both TV and radio - is intercut with the preparation and presentation of Portstewart's 'Too Cool for School' - a radio programme, which is produced entirely by key stage two students.
Learning Outcomes

  By the end of the programme and activities the students should be able to:

  • work effectively together as a 'production team'
  • come up with relevant and entertaining programme ideas for their peer group
  • understand the importance of preparation and research
  • prepare for and conduct simple interviews
  • improve their numeracy skills as they time and edit scripts
  • consider different points of view and listen and respond effectively to others

Teaching Resources
Download Teacher's Notes and worksheets by clicking on the arrows below:
Programme Title
Teacher's Notes
1: News
1-3: News, Sport, Show Time
Unit Programmes
Programme 1:
Programme 2:
Programme 3:
Show Time
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