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BBC children's channels to include extra educational material to support learning during lockdown

By Gregor White

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BBC Alba and Cbeebies will carry more educational programming.
BBC Alba and Cbeebies will carry more educational programming.

Additional programmes will be shown on the CBeebies and CBBC ALBA channels to help support children’s learning during the coronavirus lockdown.

BBC ALBA’s popular children’s schedule will continue between 5pm and 7pm every day with an additional mix of educational programmes to support learning and share ideas for things to make and do over the coming weeks.

From the start of what would have been the school summer term for many children in Scotland (April 14 onwards) at 5.40pm every Tuesday and Thursday, ‘A Bhùth/ The Shop’, will offer maths for children aged three to seven. And, at the same time on Mondays and Fridays, ‘Baile Mhuilinn / Milltown’ will support language development for children aged three to seven, starting from Wednesday, April 15. Both series will be shown on CBeebies ALBA and will also be available on iPlayer for 30 days after broadcast.

Margaret Mary Murray, head of service at BBC ALBA, said: “We hope these fabulous learning programmes will offer useful support to teachers, parents and carers and fun learning opportunities for children in addition to popular programmes such as Lòn le Linda, Bing, Piseag is Cuilean, and Stòiridh.

“We have also created a learning collection for iPlayer that will be available from April 14 which will include more archive programmes that won’t be broadcast on TV allowing audiences to view at their own convenience and as often as they like!”

The learning collection for iPlayer includes Ioma Rud supporting writing for seven to nine year olds; SNAS, writing for nine to 11 year olds; Saorsa, providing Maths for 10 to 12 year olds; and Air Ghleus music for ages 10 to 12. This new collection will be available alongside those for CBeebies and CBBC ALBA programmes.

Children will also be able to try their own science experiments at home and find out about the science behind the fun when they watch Saidheans Spòrsail / Fun Science, which is aimed at children aged seven to 12. This starts on CBBC ALBA on Tuesday, April 14 at 6.10pm.

This will be followed at 6.35pm by Aithne air Ainmhidhean / All About Animals, a fascinating series about animals and their habitats which aids knowledge of diverse cultures across the world. These will also be available on the iPlayer for 30 days after broadcast.

There are also resources in maths, literacy, social and science topics on BBC Gaelic Bitesize for primary school children at a range of ages and stages. For those at high-school, Gaelic for learners and fluent speakers is offered as well as history, geography, maths and modern studies at National 4 and 5 levels. At higher level there are resources for learner and fluent Gaelic students and maths, visit bbc.co.uk/bitesize.

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