Ganges Spring 2016

The Ganges runs through India & Bangladesh. The Ganges River is sacred to Hindus. The river is worshipped by Hindus as the goddess Ganga, and all along its course Hindus bathe in its waters.
The Ganges runs through India & Bangladesh. The Ganges River is sacred to Hindus. The river is worshipped by Hindus as the goddess Ganga, and all along its course Hindus bathe in its waters.

Listen to this week’s class broadcast by Ganges (year 3) to find out more about Burns Night and Ancient Greece. The children also tell us how pasta is made and discuss what they would be good at if they could be very good at one thing.

Finally, listen to Miss Harwood’s choice for this week’s Desert Island Disc.

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Featured music this week:
Tonight You Are A Tiger by Sweet Baboo
Scotland The Brave by The Drums & Pipes
Zorba The Greek by John Murphy & David Hughes
La Donna E Mobile by Luciano Pavarotti

Yarra Spring 2016

The Yarra River, seen here at night, runs through the city of Melbourne in Australia
The Yarra River runs through the city of Melbourne in Australia

This week Yarra class (year 2) have recorded their own tribute to David Bowie: What would be the last thing you would say if you were going to space? and What would you be if you could be a hero just for one day?

But first, we begin with some tongue twisters and riddles. Can you have a go at Swan Swam or guess the answer to the riddle? Find the answers here.

Finally, listen to Miss Curran’s choice for this week’s Desert Island Discs feature.

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Music this week:
David Bowie of course!

 

Nile Spring 2016

The River Nile is the longest river in Africa and in the world. It is is about 6,670 km long!
The River Nile is the longest river in Africa and in the world. It is is about 6,670 km long!

This week’s broadcast by Nile class (reception) is all about animals. Listen to the children talking about their favourite animals, their unusual and ideal pets. Also, see if you can guess which animal the children are describing.

Finally, listen to Mrs Cook’s choice for this week’s Desert Island Discs feature.

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Featured songs this week:
Run Rabbit Run by Flanagan & AllenPure Imagination (from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory) by Gene Wilder
Worms by The Pogues

 

 

Christmas special

Did you know different countries celebrate Christmas on December 24? Do you want to know what Christmas is like in Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia or Spain? Listen in to the children talking about their Christmas in Spanish and then in English.

Estefania, Laura and Chaveli

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Christmas lights in Medellin, Colombia
Christmas lights in Medellin, Colombia

Juan, Marcos and Melanie

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A nativity scene from Mexico, where the festivities start on December 12th and finish on January 6th
A nativity scene from Mexico, where the festivities start on December 12th and finish on January 6th

Featured music:
Feliz Navidad by José Feliciano

Volga Autumn 2015

The Volga is the longest river in Europe. It flows through central Russia and into the Caspian Sea, and is considered as the national river of Russia.
The Volga is the longest river in Europe. It flows through central Russia and into the Caspian Sea, and is considered as the national river of Russia.

Listen to Volga class (year 5) talk about astronaut Tim Peake’s launch into space and hear real audio of the launch. The students also talk about life in space, they make a poem from a newspaper page (Beat Box Cat), talk about their typical Christmas and play Repeat at Home: Artists where they try to draw a famous work of art based on someone’s description of it.  (See the paintings here and here). Finally, listen to Mr Farrow’s song choice if he was stuck on a Desert Island.

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Featured music this week:
Cool For Cats by Squeeze
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by Darlene Love

 

 

Waikato Autumn 2015

Waikato is the longest river in New Zealand, running for 425 kilometres through the North Island
Waikato is the longest river in New Zealand, running for 425 kilometres through the North Island

This week we have a broadcast by Waikato class (year 1) full of Christmas songs and Christmas jumpers. Children also talk about the Snow Queen, play Repeat at Home and learn a new version of “If you’re happy and you know it”.  Finally, listen to Miss Keenan’s choice for this week’s Desert Island Discs.

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Featured music this week:
Run Rudolph Run by Chuck Berry
Spanish Joint by D’Angelo

Rio Grande Autumn

This is a picture of the Rio Grande, a river that sits on the border of the US and Mexico. In Mexico it is known as the Rio Bravo (or fierce river)
This is a picture of the Rio Grande, a river that sits on the border of the US and Mexico. In Mexico it is known as the Rio Bravo (or fierce river).

This week on Rio Grande’s broadcast you can learn more about the book Clockwork by Philip Pullman. Learn what the class made for the Winter Fair and listen to a short piece of Newspaper Music by the students.

You can also learn how cheese and pepperoni are made and how bananas grow in our new feature Fantastic Food.

The poem of the week is Toy Dog by Carol Ann Duffy. Finally, listen to a message from Miss Savvides to her class as she talks about her choice for Desert Island Discs.

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Featured music this week:
Lieutenant Kije  by Prokofiev, played by Chicago Simphonic Orchestra
Madison by Jeremy Sans
Jack S George by Ian Dury & The Blockheads

 

Zambezi Autumn 2015

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This is a photo of Victoria Falls, a waterfall located on the Zambezi River between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe.

This week with Zambezi class you can learn Spanish and know more about Irish dancing. Listen to the children reading Flanders Field (a Second World War poem by John Mc Crae) and join in on a game of 21 Questions.

Learn the answer to two childrens’ questions this week: Can you keep tigers in the UK? and How do you make a simple battery? (click here to see more details on making a lemon battery)

Finally, listen to our new Desert Island Discs inspired section and Ms Fisher’s choice for the week.

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Music featured this week:
Entre Dos Aguas by Paco de Lucia
The Irish Rover by The Dubliners
Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ by Michael Jackson
Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks

Mississippi Autumn 2015

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The Mississippi River is the second longest river in the United States. This is an aerial view of the river.

This week Mississippi class (year 6) talk about Pablo Picasso and his art.

We’ve introduced a new feature: Repeat at Home, where listeners take part whilst listening at home. First off is Artists where you can try your hand at drawing the famous artwork that the speaker is describing. (To see the images we chose for this game, here you can find Picasso’s Enamel Saucepan and Dali’s Meditative Rose.)

Then you can listen to interesting Facts & Fictions chosen by the students.

Finally, join us to play 21 Questions, trying to guess what the chosen image is in 21 questions or less.

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Featured music this week:
Pablo Picasso by Jonathan Richman
Nautilus by Anna Meredith

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