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INTRODUCTION
Starship English-Radio is a series of four, fifteen minute programmes. The programmes are designed to:
  • foster English skills at Key Stage 1
  • help year 2 pupils to prepare for the end of Key Stage 1 National Tests.
Each of the English programmes, except programme 3, include a story and related activities which will help children to think about aspects of story writing such as plot and the use of verbs and adjectives. Programme 3 thinks about what the writer tells us in a piece of non-fiction.

Whilst the series uses the context and two of the main characters in the Starship TV series, the radio programmes are a stand-alone resource.

The programmes are designed for children working in pairs but can be used by children listening by themselves. There are several pause points in the programme so that children have plenty of time to do the activities and it is best if an adult uses the tape with the children to check for understanding.

How can I hear the programmes?
The English programmes can either be recorded off air in the middle of the night on Radio 3 from 03.00-03.30 on Friday 17th Jan. and Friday 24th Jan 2002 (2 x 15'00 progs in each slot), or tapes can be purchased from BBC Education - 0870 830 8000



RADIO PROGRAMME 1 : The Winter Hedgehog

Learning Objectives:
Text Level:
  • discuss and compare story themes,
  • make sense of what they read
  • retrieve information from a text
  • Infer meaning from a text read
Sentence Level:
  • use adventurous and wide-ranging vocabulary
  • know how word choice is crucial to meaning
Word Level:
  • use adventurous and wide-ranging vocabulary
  • similarities and shades of meaning to extend and enhance writing
Area Covered:
Text Level:
  • Comprehension skills
Sentence Level:
  • Similes
Word Level:
  • Powerful verbs
  • Choosing words for variety and interest
How its covered:
Text Level:
  • 'The Winter Hedgehog'
Sentence level:
  • Lexicon- The sentence machine
Word Level:
  • Lexicon and Star
In the classroom:
  • Write similes about winter weather. Make up similes about other seasons.
  • Mark through the text all the descriptive vocabulary. Write character profiles of the key characters using some of the words.
  • Read other winter stories/ animal stories. Make collections of words and phrases that describe each animal. Play a game where the children have to guess which animal you are talking about by just telling them 4/5 words.
  • Extension activity related to text is displayed on a separate page.
Links
Web games: Penguins on Ice - Make it interesting
Print and do: Speech Marks | Speech | Time Connectives




RADIO PROGRAMME 2 : The Chinese Dragon

Learning Objectives:
Text Level:
  • discuss and compare story themes,
  • make sense of what they read
  • retrieve information from a text
  • Infer meaning from a text read
Word Level:
  • use adventurous and wide-ranging vocabulary
  • shades of meaning to extend and enhance writing
Area Covered:
Text Level:
  • Comprehension skills
Word Level
  • Adjectives
  • Alliteration
How its covered:
Text Level:
  • The Chinese Dragon and the chocolate river'
Word Level:
  • Lexicon and Star
In the classroom:
  • Make an alliterative alphabet. In pairs each child has to make a picture and an alliterative sentence to go with it.
  • Act out the story and paint some pictures of key parts of the story. Write speech bubbles for parts of the story
  • Paint some dragons with beautiful colours. Write a character description of the dragon and use a simile.
  • Extension activity related to text is displayed on a separate page.
Links

Web Games: Penguins on Ice - Make it interesting and Which mark? | Word Balloons
Print and Dos: Non-fiction Reading and Writing   Page 1   Page 2




RADIO PROGRAMME 3 : The story of glass

Learning Objectives:
Text Level:
  • use organisational features of a text to find information
  • use a range of strategies to understand what they have read
Sentence Level:
  • compare a variety of forms of questions
  • turn statements into questions
  • ad d question marks
Word Level:
  • use knowledge of book convention
  • use adventurous and wide-ranging vocabulary
Area Covered:
Text Level:
  • Non-Fiction Comprehension skills
  • Using a non-fiction text
Sentence Level:
  • Questions
Word Level:
  • Alphabetical order
  • Adjectives
How its covered:
Text Level:
  • Visit to a glass factory
Sentence Level:
  • Lexicon- posing questions
Word Level:
  • Lexicon and Star- using an index
  • Lexicon and Star- the final mission
In the classroom:
  • Research glass further. Find books and other sources of information to answer questions. Record information on 'Glass Fact Sheets'.
  • Research another material. Teach children how to skim and scan a text to find key information. Children choose how to record information. Try to arrange a visit that is connected with the material.
  • Each child writes a 'challenge question' for a friend in the class. They have to search various sources to get the information. Record questions and answers on fact cards.
  • Extension activity related to text is displayed on a separate page.
Links:

Web Games: Penguins on Ice - Make it interesting and Which mark? | Word Balloons
Print and Dos: Non-fiction Reading and Writing   Page 1   Page 2




RADIO PROGRAMME 4 : The Hunter

Learning Objectives:
Text Level:
  • plan and review their writing
  • sequence events and recount in appropriate detail
Word Level:
  • use adventurous and wide-ranging vocabulary
  • know that word choice and order are crucial to meaning
Area Covered:
Text Level:
  • Planning and story structure
Word Level
  • Adverbs
  • Words that convey feelings
How its covered:
  • Text Level:
  • The Hunter
Word Level:
  • Lexicon
In the classroom:
  • Write some comprehension questions about the text. Use copies of the text to answer them Try to ask a range of questions that require a range of answers.
  • Paint pictures to go with the story. Plan the story on a big planner and illustrate with eth paintings. Can you add any words?
  • Write poems about each animal in the jungle. Focus in descriptive vocabulary and similes.
  • Extension activity related to text is displayed on a separate page.
Links:

Web Games:
Story Plant |
Penguins on Ice - Make it interesting | Word Balloons
Print and Do: Planning a Story Page 1  Page 2 

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