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English

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.

  • 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.

  • Jack and the Giant Beanstalk

    Age 5 – 7

    The traditional story is presented 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.

  • The Tempest

    Age 9 – 11

    Shakespeare's play is summarised in 8 video episodes. Prospero and his daughter Miranda live alone on the island where they were marooned 15 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 short video episodes. Join 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 legend is told in six short audio episodes. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A Christmas Carol

    Age 9 – 11

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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'.

Private Peaceful - listen now!

Click to listen to Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

Private Peaceful

All 13 episodes of Michael Morpurgo's moving WW1 story are available to listen to online.

Teacher's notes

Teacher's Notes

Online Teacher's Notes

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